Product Review (October 2005) - Alera Technologies
DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus

Disc repair for scratched DVD and CD collections is a need with few real options available. Alera Technologies offers a solution with their DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus™ system. The package includes a Repair Kit, Cleaning Kit, 2 extra Repair Wheels, 2 extra Buffering Wheels, a Super Buffering Tool, AC Adapter, and an Anti-Static Cleaning Cloth. The motorized system can repair and clean scratched DVDs, CDs, Game Discs, VCDs, DVD+Rs, DVD-Rs, DVD+RWs, DVD-RWs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The kit is designed to give users the maximum capability to restore discs with minor to more serious scratches. The motorized unit relies on an AC adapter instead of batteries, which produces consistent performance when repairing, buffing or cleaning discs. Two separate kits are provided for repairing and cleaning, each of which include liquid solutions and buffing wheels that install into the main unit. The user guide categorizes three levels of disc damage (minor, major and super major) with recommendations for each.

Our experience
The Alera system looks more complicated than some of the other solutions that we have used. However, it produced the best results on troubled discs based on our test results. Some of the tests we performed were on rental discs, which often suffer from significant scratches due to frequent use. We could not play one of the discs we had on two different DVD players, so this was a good test of the product's capabilities. We first performed the repair procedure using the supplied wheels and three drops of the bottled solution. After pressing the Repair button and waiting a minute or so we were finished and ready to begin the polishing process, which is similar, but uses a different set of polishing wheels. Once the process was complete, the discs clearly looked better. We then tried the same troubled disc in our DVD players and it worked without any problems.

Conclusion
The DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus™ system is a fine product worthy of consideration for anyone seeking to repair their 5-inch discs. The performance exceeded our expectations and fixed all of the scratched discs we had on hand. The price of the system is clearly a bargain considering it can save a large number of expensive DVDs in your collection that may have some damage. We found that the kit successfully repaired many of our test DVDs that would not otherwise play or had problems with discs errors. Obviously the DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus™ or any other consumer repair kit cannot fix discs that are warped or have damage to the data layer. The company claims it can repair 99% of discs and this may be true since all of the discs we tested did in fact work after the repair and buffing process. We can certainly recommend this repair system to anyone in need of repairing their 5-inch discs, especially given the excellent performance and relative low-cost of the product.

- Kevin Nakano




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Review - At a Glance


Alera Technologies - DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus

Features

  • Motorized Disc Repair Kit that Repairs all DVDs and CDs
  • Easy as 1-2-3: Insert damaged disc, put 3 drops of repair wheel, press "Repair"
  • Restores your damaged discs and protect your favorite, rare, or hard-to-find CD or DVD collection
  • Can repair up to 99% of all scratched discs
  • Includes:Repair Kit, Cleaning Kit, AC Adapter, 2 extra Repair Wheels, 2 extra Buffering Wheels, Super Buffering Tool, and Anti-Static Cleaning Cloth
  • Everything you need to perform: 30 super repair cycles (for deep scratches), 50 regular repair cycles (for minor scratches), 150 cleaning cycles
  • Fixes scratches that can cause discs to skip, freeze, and fail to play

Additional Accessories

  • DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus Cleaning Kit Refill Part # 240123
  • DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus Repair Kit Refill PART# 240124
  • DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus Buffer Kit Refill PART# 240125

Company Information
Alera Technologies
9140 Jordan Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
E-mail info@Aleratec.com
Phone: 818-678-6900
Fax: 818-475-5200

Source: Manufacturer Supplied
Part # 240121
MSRP: $39.99

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Technical Support support@Aleratec.com 818-475-5203
URL: http://www.aleratec.com/

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