By Neil Bennett | on August 22, 2005
Company: Primera Technology
Pros: Fast and efficient disc creation. Highest quality output we’ve seen from a duplicator/printer.
Cons: Print quality not high-grade enough. Mac software is fiddly.
HP’s LightScribe disc label writing technology has been receiving a lot of attention recently, but it’s limited to monochrome text and images – and media is expensive. CDs and DVDs with printable labels are more easily and cheaply available, but printing using compatible inkjets is a laborious process.
Primera’s Bravo Pro DVD offers combined CD and DVD authoring with high-resolution label printing. The Bravo Pro includes two DVD burners to speed up burning, and a 4,800dpi ‘photo-quality’ print system.
A robotic arm moves discs backward and forwards between bins, drives, and the printer – and then the external ‘kiosk mode’ disc catcher that hangs off the front of the unit off the side of a desk.
This set-up allows the Bravo Pro to produce up to 100 discs unattended. In our tests, the Bravo Pro took 32 minutes and 25 seconds to burn and print 10 600MB CDs. It took 48 minutes and 43 seconds to burn and print five 4.3GB DVDs. These are impressive times, due in part to the 16x-speed Plextor PX-740A DVD±RW drives at the Bravo Pro’s core.
However, the output quality of the printed discs was not of a standard that we would call professional. The idea of personalized discs may appeal when sending out media to clients. However, personalized stickers from a good label printer applied to studio-branded media produced by a third-party company will often look classier.
The Windows-based Sonic software bundle is fine – and features useful tools such as network sharing – but the Mac-based Discribe software is unhelpful. Toast would have been a better choice.