I do sympathise. I used Verbatim for years with no problems, often duplicating 150 at a time. The problem seems to be that just because a product has a particular brand name, it does not mean that they are now made in the same way, in the same factory or even the same country that they used to be. This takes some getti…
I do sympathise. I used Verbatim for years with no problems, often duplicating 150 at a time. The problem seems to be that just because a product has a particular brand name, it does not mean that they are now made in the same way, in the same factory or even the same country that they used to be. This takes some getting used to, but my advice to you is threefold: 1 Before trying any product for the first time, go straight to the 1-star reviews and see whether they cluster to recent months: in addition, focus on whether the people writing the reviews are experienced and clearly know what they are talking about. Any product with 22/93 reviews as 1-star is telling you that if you buy, you are taking a risk and should be prepared to chuck them in the bin if it was a bad day in the factory that day - and be more careful next time. 2 Remember that not every "outstanding value" item will be top quality. Prices for Verbatim disks have dropped in relative terms over the years and there is a reason for this - they are competing on price rather than quality, so quality is no longer their primary concern. Disks such as JVC/Taiyo Yuden are still relatively expensive (40p per disk) but of the 12 reviews online 11 are 5-star and one is 4-star. In addition the reviewers are clearly very experienced. That really is telling you something. 3 Factor in the cost of your time - even at a very low rate - and you will be surprised just how expensive a cheap and cheerful product can be. After I bought my recent batch of 100 Verbatim disks, I spent about 10 hours making lots of CD copies of audio cassettes to archive round my family. After trialling a few I found that one of the first three burned was a coaster. This meant that not only did I have to remake that one, I had to check every other disk of the 40 I had burned to see which were OK. It turned out that 15 were useless, and as a result I didn't trust the other 20 either (some were Ok in one CD payer but not in another, which is alway worrying). So after all this endless frustrating faffing about, I chucked all the burned ones AND the remaining 60 in the bin, bought Taiyo Yuden and had to re-burn them all again anyway. Add in the post-burn checking (every one was fine, and I have since burned another 30-odd with no problems) and I have wasted at least an extra 10 hours of my time. Even at slave labour rates of pay, I cost that at about £80 - enough to buy another 200 Taiyo Yuden disks. As they say in the good ol' US of A - do the math!
By Dr. Geoffrey Kemball-Cook on 01 March 2014
Yes these discs are the 'smaller hole, full faced' type. Really can't praise these discs enough, not once can I recall having a burn fail down to the actual discs, and the print is superb. I have them as wedding discs that I sell and have had no complaints on the playback or the image quality of the printed finish.
By Daddy Stu on 21 July 2014