"The specialist for burning, copying, ripping"
Nero Burning ROM 2014 is another stellar entry on Nero's product line of powerful and comprehensive disc burning applications. Further improving omnidirectional burning capabilities, this time Nero focuses on intelligence and security, implementing advanced security measure in the SecurDisc feature, and enhancing spanning with SmartFit technology.
The trial version is free during 15 days; the paid version comes at $49.99, whereas the upgrade from previous versions comes at a reduced price of $29.99.
The installer comes with a security suite bundle you can choose not to install, so keep an eye open as you click through the installation wizard. Other than that, the process is quite streamlined and simple. You can check and see what installation components you would like to skip on, but of course that feature is for the technically savvy users.
Nero Burning ROM 2014 has minimum system requirements, which come as follows:
- Windows OS compatibility: XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.
- 2GHz AMD, or Intel processor
- 512 MB RAM, 1 GB RAM for Vista, 7 and 8
- 500MB hard drive space
- CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc recordable/rewritable drive
- MS Windows Installer 4.5 and Internet connection
The latter is required because this time Nero installs a Nero Controller, which launches even before the burning components, checks your software version, offers to download updates if available, and holds all your Nero products' information, license keys and the like. Quite a nifty addition, in my opinion.
Nero Burning ROM 2014 offers a comprehensive burning toolkit for users of all levels irrespective of their technical background. Even novice users can sort out some of its basic functionality and enjoy the functionality.
Support for media for burning: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R DL, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-R TL (BDXL), BD-RETL (BDXL), BD-R QL (BDXL), BD-RE QL (BDXL).
Support for disc formats: Data CD – ISO, UDF, ISO/UDF; Data DVD – ISO, UDF, ISO/UDF; Blu-ray data disc ISO, UDF; SecurDisc CD/DVD/BLU-RAY; Nero DiscSpan UDF; audio CD; mixed mode CD; CD extra; Nero Image NRG; CUE and IMG image import only; ISO image; DVD Video; AVCHD video; BDMV video.
Supported audio codecs and formats include AAC, MPR3, MP3PRO, MP3HD, MP4, APRE, AIFF, AIF, CDA, OGG, OGM, WAV, WAVE, WMA, FLAC.
Supported formats for playlists: MP3 URL, M3U, MP3 URL+UTF-8, M3U8, PLS.
Nero devotees will not find any significant alterations to the interface – Nero is quite traditional in this department. On one hand, it is good because everything is where you expect to find it. The features are extended, but the overall layout and design remain the same. On the other hand, Nero could use a little bit of design make-over just to give it a fresh and modern look.
From a novice user standpoint, the burning options on the main window, such as Data DVD, or SecurDisc, could use a little explanation that would be right there next to the button. If a user is not sure which option he needs to use, he faces the necessity to go through the learning curve instead of quickly sorting out which burning option is best for his needs.
Nero provides extensive manuals and help files in the program, as well as online tutorials and even videos on the website. A determined user will find all the necessary information to master the powerful tool.
Nero Burning ROM 2014 is without a doubt a super-charged power kit for burning and ripping geeks. It is versatile, powerful and well-organized. It supports CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs, numerous formats and codecs and can create a secure, protected disc.
Multisession, SecurDisc, SmartFit, Mixed Mode, Audio CD and CD Extra are a bunch of powerful additions to the pack, allowing power users enjoy the advanced functionality.
What I personally love about this pack is the ability to create bootable discs, make disc copies and create SecurDiscs. The opportunities of tweaking the settings are extensive; you can swap the emulation type to floppy, hard drive or no emulation, create a boot message, add labels, dates and attributes. Disc authoring tools are powerful, as usual with Nero.
Super Link option slows down the burning process if incoming data buffer is empty.
With the emerging competition from new and free software, Nero stands on the high-end, expensive end of the market. If compared to ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP, Nero consumes more CPU and RAM and takes insignificantly more time to burn a disc. Some individual features load long enough to start worrying; and finally, Nero runs in 32-bit emulation mode when on 64-bit systems, so it does not enjoy all resources.
With the fast-paced technology shifting from discs to more compact carriers, I wonder where Nero's innovative thought will take it. Cloud storage? That offer is already on the market, and Nero offers 5GB of free cloud storage for personal backup.
AlternativesImgBurn, CDBurnerXP, InfraRecorder, Brasero, K3b, PowerISO, DVD Flick, Ashampoo Burning Studio, Alcohol 120% and many more powerful and basic offers come in a great variety of prices and configurations.
Nero Burning ROM 2014 is by far an outstanding burning suite for power users. Its extensive set of features and settings will appeal to the technically savvy users, who do burning, ripping and converting on a daily basis. For a novice user looking to burn one disc in three months, it is not the best option available, though. Overall, once again Nero manages to impress with a meticulously crafted tool for disc authoring and burning. Download the free trial and tell us what you think.
Requirements: 2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 500 MB hard device space
What's new in this version: Create and play music files and music discs with original album art. Long lasting disk quality thanks to selectable data redundancy and SecurDisc Surface Scan. Highest security: now with 256-bit encryption.
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