Review (August 2005) - Digital Innovations
Digital Innovation's original SkipDR was a ground breaking product that allowed users to resurface their scratched CDs or DVDs and in many cases recover the once unreadable data from the disc. Since the data layer does not reside directly on the reading surface of the disc, it is possible to remove some scratches that cause problems when reading data. It cannot in many cases fix deep scratches, but based on my experience it can repair a good number of damaged discs. The downside of the original SkipDR was that it required the user to manually spin the disc using a hand crank. For this reason we were excited to see the latest generation SkipDR called the AutoMax. The new SkipDR AutoMax is designed to automate the resurfacing process instead of requiring the user to manually turn the disc using the hand crank found with the previous design. Six "AA" batteries (not included) are required to run the AutoMax or an optional AC adapter can also be used.
The system includes the main resurfacing unit, resurfacing wheel, fluid bottle, drying cloth, felt buffing square and user's guide. The unit is about 5-1/2" tall, 7" wide and around 4" deep due to the resurfacing wheel. The design includes a slot for the resurfacing fluid bottle and the drying cloth, which means you will not have to look for the items each time you are ready to use the product.
The new SkipDR AutoMax is available from a variety of retail outlets including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples and Blockbuster Video stores. The unit can also be purchased online at www.digitalinnovations.com. The removable radial resurfacing wheel is designed to repair up to 50 discs and can be purchased separately for $12.99.
- Kevin Nakano
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