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CyberLink PowerDVD 13 Ultra

  • Blu-ray 3D Playback
  • Ultra HD 4K video
  • Customized subtitles for MKV movies
  • Stream content between connected devices
  • Complete Media Entertainment for Windows 8
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  • newegg Better-than-original Quality Enhance playback quality of DVDs, video files, photos & music. Play 4K UltraHD video and watch Blu-ray discs & HD movies from files at quality beyond HD!
  • newegg Instant Enjoyment PowerDVD is a true universal player for all your movies, music, photos & video. Enjoy fast start-up for Blu-ray discs and instant playback of photos, audio and video files.
  • newegg Across PC, Tablet, Smartphone & TV Access all your content, no matter on which device it is stored or on which device you play it. Stream content between connected devices in your home network.
  • newegg The Must-have Player for your Windows 8 PC PowerDVD is the No.1 Blu-ray player with over 100 million copies shipped each year. Play the latest Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, AVCHD 2.0 and HD file formats with confidence on your new PC.


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  • roger h.
  • 11/16/2014 7:24:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat for dvd/bluray playback

Pros: Very nice software as usual, just like 11, 12 ultra 13 ultra is great with some new features added, but now they have 14 ultra lol they just don't slow down. I'll stick with 13 if I were to get 14 then theyd have 15 ultra out haha don't need that many dvd/bluray software editions. but 13 ultra is fantastic.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Great software, money well spent.

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  • Aaron L.
  • 8/9/2014 2:35:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat blueray and dvd program

Pros: Great user interface. Program makes dvds even look better. It's a must have if you plan on installing a Blu-ray drive in your PC to view Blue ray movies.

Cons: None so far

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  • Ron P.
  • 7/9/2014 4:02:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCyberLink PowerDVD 13 Ultra

Pros: It does exactly what the company says it does. Honestly, I'm only using it so I can use my Blu-ray drive to play movies.

Cons: There's a picture of a person riding their ski-doo on the front, I can't figure out the marketing angle on that one.

Other Thoughts: With my putting a new comp together, I figured it gave me an excuse to a)upgrade from my version 8 or 9, and b) to get something that'd run my new blu-ray drive.

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  • Benjamin L.
  • 6/2/2014 2:13:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs3D is tricky, but does what I want

Pros: I bought this because of the 3D support, it finds media servers and the navigation is pretty straight forward. Also the 2D to 3D is really cool and I like the quality of it. It is surprisingly good considering it is on the fly conversion.
Less bloaty features than Ultra 14.

Cons: When using the 3D or 2D to 3D function and using an Nvidia card you will get choppy video and have to open up the Nvidia Control Center and it will suddenly work just fine, not a huge deal, but why I took away an egg because of the extra step. It may be an Nvidia issue, but just a heads up.
Also, if you have a media server (Plex like I have), it will stream just fine, but you cannot use the 2D to 3D conversion. If I plug in my hard drive and access the file directly the conversion will work

Other Thoughts: I really like it and would suggest it and beg you to get it over Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra 14 because it doesn't have a bunch of bloated, non-important features I would never use like a cloud service and other things that don't matter to me.

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  • Nick H.
  • 5/14/2014 7:42:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBlu-Ray Playback for PC

Pros: There aren't too many reliable blu-ray players for PC and if you didn't get packaged software because of an OEM blu-ray player this is probably what you will need. There are a lot of scammy/questionable blu-ray software on the internet - Cyberlink at least is a trusted brand. The player works fine and the price point is competitive if you get it on sale. Has a lot of extra features like 4K and 3D support that don't matter much to me, but are there if you may need it in the future. Best thing is the broad support for newer blu-rays that may not function at all on other blu-ray players.

Again, there are cheaper blu-ray players that work, but some of them literally have fake reviews while promoting themselves to be legitimate with authentic looking website endorsements (in my research I found one that claimed to be 4-star player on CNET but in fact CNET never reviewed them). Cyberlink has been around long enough and is a trusted brand.

Cons: UI feels a bit 90s.

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  • Michael P.
  • 3/22/2014 7:15:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCyberlink Delivers ultimate in HTPC entertainment!!!!!!!

Pros: Essential software for any decent HTPC build.

User friendly interface---STABLE -- ZERO CRASHES
Plays ISO images of bluray and dvd.......no more discs required to play!!! :-)

My Audio system & Build.....designed for movies, lossless audio and Gaming thanks to EVGA's smoking card!

This system is quiet, rips, plays, frags and delivers the goods so to speak in the livingroom.......my retirement gift to me :-)

LIAN LI Black PC-C60B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE ST85F-GS 850W ATX 80 PLUS Power supply
ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W
CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) CMZ32GX3M4A1600C9
WD BLACK SERIES WD4003FZEX 4TB 7200 RPM (2 each)
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner card (2 each)
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 03G-P4-3784-KR
WIndows 8.1 Pro
Logitech Dinovo mini (got mine through r =a= k- u- t= e= n--no seems to stock these anymore---great for smart tv navigation and HTPC applications) new for $147
Flirc dongle to use my Logitech Harmony Ultimate (it won't learn blue tooth but you can use flirc and program any IR remote to control the HTPC directly without reaching for the dinovo....I like options.....if I'm just using media center the harmony does it all including theater lighting.

Cons: too many improvements over 12....not complaining.

NO CONS

Other Thoughts: Well worth the money, although I bought 3 of these for system builds and at $39.95 a piece I'm LOVIN IT :-)

Thank you NEW EGG :-D

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  • MARK S.
  • 3/15/2014 5:52:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsEnd of Life, Dave?

Pros: These products are, in fact, nice while they last....

Cons: Reviewers should demand information about Cyberlink's "End of Life" policies, which will render their blu-ray software useless if you don't pay them again for an "upgrade" once they're designated "End of Life." The previous reviewer, Richard, is correct. I was burned this way with PowerDVD9 which stopped working in 2012.

Other Thoughts: If Cyberlink were to clearly announce when "End of Life" takes effect in the product specifications, then consumers might make a more informed decision about the actual usefulness and value of this software. But because they never will, your value to them as sheep to be marketed to may be greater than the value of the actual software is to you. I, for one, do not appreciate being hounded to pay money to update a product I've already legally purchased just so that it will continue to work. Imagine if your hardware had a secret "end of life" policy by the manufacturer that rendered it unworkable by a certain date - there'd be a tremendous uproar! To be fair, Cyberlink isn't the only company guilty of this deceptive practice, others do it as well. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it any less deceptive. I invested in a PC and software to do MY work, not somebody else's. I would advise those considering this purchase to demand and consider truthful and accurate information from the manufacturer on the life of this software before spending $100 on it.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Mark,
Thanks for your review. In the other review you referred to, he indicated that PowerDVD stopped playing Blu-ray Discs soon after the new version came out. This is not correct, as users just need to occasionally install the free downloadable program updates to play the latest discs. A new PowerDVD release has no affect on the previous version's playback ability. Access to all of the free patch updates for all versions, can be found here:

http://www.cyberlink.com/support/powerdvd-ultra/patches_en_US.html

As for the end of life for PowerDVD 9 that you mentioned, that is something different. You are correct that CyberLink stopped providing the free updates to play the latest Blu-ray Discs, but this was more than two years after its release, and for PowerDVD 10, almost 4 years.

What you may have been unaware of is that users with the retail versions of PowerDVD 9 and 10 are entitled to a copy of the next version. For example, PowerDVD 10 users can download the update to version 11, so they can still get updates to play the latest Blu-ray Discs.

If you are interested, you can find the announcement for version 10 here:

http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/32677.page

Regards,
David

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  • MR A.
  • 2/22/2014 7:04:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsHave-to-Have for Blu-Ray Movies

Pros: Excellent quality Blu-Ray playback. This appears to be the only software that can play Blu-Ray movies.

Cons: I owned Cyberlink 10, 11 and 12. In each case, they quit playing Blu-Ray DVDs soon after the next edition was introduced; thus the Blu-Ray software appears to work for about 12-13 months but there is no statement to this effect from Cyberlink. Also, Cyberlink now informs users that Windows 8 will not play DVDs, so it appears that, if you use 8, you'll have to buy this downloadable software to watch movies on disc. If none of that bothers you, this software is, in my opinion, excellent for playing Blu-Ray movies.

Other Thoughts: Blu-Ray is Sony's monopoly and Cyberlink appears to be the only software that will play Blu-Ray discs. You'll need it if you use Window 8 or 8.1. There is no open-source software that can play Blu-Ray.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Richard,
We thank you for your review.

We are not sure what you are referring to when you say that your previous versions of PowerDVD quit playing Blu-ray Discs. If you install the latest free patch updates for these versions of PowerDVD at the below link, they will support and play the latest Blu-ray Disc titles. A full upgrade to the latest version is not required to play the latest Blu-ray Discs for these versions.

http://www.cyberlink.com/support/powerdvd-ultra/patches_en_US.html

You are correct that Windows 8 “out of the box” does not support DVD or Blu-ray Disc playback, but that has nothing to do with CyberLink. That decision was left up to Microsoft. However, DVD and Blu-ray playback under Windows 8 is available in PowerDVD from version 12 and beyond.
Regards,
David

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  • Justin S.
  • 6/29/2013 12:57:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good!

Pros: Easy install. Plays Blu-Ray perfectly! I have been researching everywhere on what is the best software to play blu-ray and while different sites had different biases this always seemed to be the top pick. I hate viruses so I'm willing to straight buy products I know I will need and use. I just want the best if I'm paying for it and so far I'm very happy. The user interface is very intuitive and looks sharp. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants software that plays blu-ray on their cpu. It seems to play pretty much anything else I throw at it. It's also somewhat future proof in that it claims to be able to play ultra hd in 4k. I'm not there yet so I cannot verify this but we'll see.

Cons: None. It doesn't convert video files? Maybe it does but I haven't tinkered with it yet to find such a perk.

Other Thoughts: My build:
Corsair 600t
Intel i7-3770k 4.5Ghz OC
ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS
Corsair AX1200 PSU
ASUS Blu-Ray Player / Burner
16GB Patriot DDR3 1333Mhz
120GB Sandisk SSD
1TB 7.2k Samsung HDD
GTX 780
Windows 8 64bit OEM
Corsair H80i

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  • Zachary M.
  • 5/23/2013 2:05:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest software for the price

Pros: A lot of things. Plays both DVD and Bluray without a problem. Plays both 8 bit and 10 bit media without a problem. Its a great all around media center. There is no reason to use this with windows media center as it EASILY replaces it. So to get to the point, if you're looking for a media center that can play anything you throw at it get this.

Cons: none so far

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