Search EMediaLive
Research Center
Blu-ray Disc (BD)
CD-R/RW Drives
Copy Protection
Digital Audio
DVD Authoring Services
DVD Authoring Tools
HD/DVD/CD Duplication
HD/DVD/CD Printers
HD/DVD/CD Replication
Recording Software
Standards Issues
The DVD Market
Writable DVD Drives
Online Advertising
Buyer's Guide
Subscribe to Magazine
Subscribe to Newsletter
Privacy Policy

Other Related Sites
Streaming Media
Review: Alera DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro 8X
Posted Aug 4, 2004 Print Version     Page 1of 1

The Alera DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro is a 1:1 DVD/CD duplicator designed for prosumer and business use. According to its specs, the new Copy Cruiser Pro doubles recording speed across the board, supporting 8X recording to DVD±R, 4X DVD±RW, 40X CD-R, and 24X CD-RW.

Over the course of testing, the Copy Cruiser Pro accomplished 8X duplication of full, write-once DVDs in approximately eleven minutes. At 4X, it copied the same discs in about 15 minutes, and at 2X, in 25 minutes. The quality of the picture and sound at each rate was equal to that of the source disc—as it should be in a bit-for-bit copy. The Copy Cruiser will not duplicate copy-protected DVDs.

The Copy Cruiser Pro defaults to a recommended copying speed for the media, unless you specify otherwise. For 8X-certified DVD±R, Alera recommends 8X, and for 4X-certified DVD±R media, 4X.

For CD-R, however, suggested speed is a modest 16X. The product repeatedly performed CD dupes at 16X in five and a half minutes. Going to the maximum of 40X for CD duplication cut recording time by thirty seconds. The Cruiser copied the disc successfully at the higher speed, but that's not much of a time improvement.

The Copy Cruiser's Edit Track feature allows you to make mix CDs by selecting individual tracks from several CDs and copying them sequentially onto a disc. The user's guide provides clear and concise instruction on how to accomplish this. Other features included in the Copy Cruiser Pro are the ability to erase and reuse rewritable discs (CD and DVD), test copying speed before burning, and compare and verify duplicated discs. An additional Prescan feature checks source disc quality before setting a recording speed.

The Copy Cruiser Pro comes with a USB 2.0 port for use as an external PC DVD-Recorder. It includes Sonic MyDVD for DVD authoring and DVD/CD recording, CyberLink PowerDVD for DVD-Video playback, and a Windows 98SE USB driver (it should work with Windows Me, 2000, or XP without additional drivers). The Sonic MyDVD CD includes Sonic RecordNow!, Sonic Simple Backup, and ArcSoft ShowBiz.

The Alera DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro is a solid product that works reliably from the minute you plug it in. At a $399 MSRP it's a good buy for anyone with low-volume DVD/CD duplication needs who would prefer to offload those tasks from a primary PC workstation. As an upgrade from the previous 4X Copy Cruiser, it's a tough sell—you'll save four minutes per DVD by moving up to 8X, but a mere 30 seconds/CD by operating the Copy Cruiser at maximum CD speed. The 4X Copy Cruiser was also an excellent product, and if you're already running one in your studio, you're probably okay with what you have.

—Kevin Monks

Click Here to subscribe to EMedia Xtra!

Click Here to view Blu-Ray FAQ!
Print Version   Page 1of 1


The perfect printer when your "corner office" turns into a photo lab. With the PIXMA MP830 Office-All-In-One Printer you get print, copy, scan and fax capabilities, all in one simple to use multi-functional machine.

Save on Laptops and Plasma, LCD & Projection TVs
Browse our selection of Plasma, LCD and Projection TVs. We have great prices and we deilver! We've got the largest selection of Notebooks and Tablet PCs, with prices as low as $599 for full featured notebooks! Check us out, you won't be disappointed.

Great prices and service on Laptops, TVs & more!
Looking for a Plasma TV, LCD or Projection TV? You have come to the right place. We offer low prices, fast and friendly service. Our selection of Notebook and Tablet PCs is one of the largest with prices starting at under $600 for complete systems!

Do You Have Time To Listen To 200 Voiceover Demos?
Sure you do. You don't? Well then, save yourself a lot of time and aggravation. Work with an Int'l Award-Winning narrator for your website, PowerPoint, corporate, point-of-sale, documentary, museum presentation.

Add your link here>>

DVD Duplication Equipment, DVD Duplicator, DVD Printer, by MF Digital
Primera Technology - DVD Duplicators CD Duplication and Disc Printers
DVD Duplicators and CD Duplication Equipment at Octave
ProAction Media - The CD / DVD Duplication Service and Equipment Pros
CD DVD Duplicator, CD Printer and DVD Copier Equipment - Summation
DVD duplicators, CD duplication by Disc Makers
Fast, Accurate CD and DVD Duplication Services from DiscNow
Mediatechnics CD & DVD Production Services
Blank CDs, Blank DVDs from Disc Makers
Tapestockonline One Stop Media Shop - DVD’s, Publishers, Ink, Mini DV and HD
DVD duplicator, CD printer and DVD / CD copier machines from StorDigital