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Plextor PX-B940SA 12x Blu-ray Disc Writer Review

Plextor bundle a comprehensive software package from industry leaders Cyberlink. KitGuru loves Cyberlink software, so this was immediately a good start. The CD that comes with this drive contains PowerProducer, PowerDirector, Power2Go, PowerBackup, InstantBurn and PowerDVD.

Cyberlink PowerDirector 7 is included on the disc. This can be used to create custom movies by simply dragging and dropping the files into the editing timeline and then you can add scene transitions, background music and title effects. It is a pretty handy piece of software to have and it allows the user to clean up video clips and images and to use pre-designed system templates for ease of use. You can save the finished files to the hard drive.

Cyberlink Power2Go6 is the main program which is used for disc burning. This software allows the creation of CD’s, DVD’s and BD’s and can be used to make backups of existing discs. Power2Go also gives enhanced security features, allowing the user to password protect and encrypt files on discs. Ideal for sensitive porn collections, so they say.

Power2Go7 is now available and can be purchased for a small upgrade fee.

Cyberlink PowerBackup 2.5 is another software application which is bundled on the disc, it allows for an easy way to back up data. It can handle differential, incremental and full backups depending on your demands and needs. Stream to disc archiving is also offered.

Cyberlink Instantburn 5 is Cyberlink’s packet writing software. Like Roxio’s Drag to Disc or Nero’s INCD, it allows the user to utilise the writer as if it was another hard drive or USB drive. Once its formatted, you can cut, copy, paste and rename files and folders on a CD-RW, DVDRW or BD-RE.

Cyberlink PowerDVD 8 is bundled with the package and although it is pretty old now, it still works great. It can be used to playback Blu-Ray discs and DVD’s and other high definition formats such as MPEG2 and H.264 and WMV-HD. This version only supports 2 speaker output however so if you want to improve the experience you need to upgrade to the latest Ultra version. Well worth it however.

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