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Do you need the Power?
on 1 September 2014
The new version of PowerDVD is here, and it's a lot like the old version. In fact it feels like the last few versions, which have seen very small incremental improvements over the past few years. That isn't necessarily a bad thing as it keeps everything consistent for old users, but it does mean if you've owned a PowerDVD from the past few years there is little here to make an upgrade worthwhile. The interface is much more Win7/8 friendly, but really that's the only real difference I can see after using it for an hour or two. In terms of playback it is as good as ever, it plays everything I've tried so far (except for some that even VLC wouldn't play, so I can't blame it for that, they may be corrupted files). It is smooth with perfect seeking, no judder, and all the options work as you would expect. Even very high bitrates didn't slow it. This also applies to disc playback, both DVD and BluRay.
Compared to 'free' or bundled software this is a big step above in terms of support and performance, so it comes down to the price. Are you going to use it enough to justify that premium price? If you watch several hours of good quality video a week then I'd recommend the investment - this will last you for a good few years before any upgrade is needed. If you're just watching low-bitrate downloads then I'd personally not bother - get a cheaper alternative.