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Nero 2014 Platinum - Download
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Nero fraught with problems 01/01/2014

This review is from: Nero 2014 Platinum - Download

Pros: Box looks nice. Claims to do a lot.

Cons: Nero 14 Platinum is a poorly prepared product that is full of bugs preventing full performance and functionality. In Win 8.1 64 bit Nero 14 Platinum can only be used to play standard DVD content, not AVCHD or Blue Ray, even one’s that were burned in Nero. If you install this program, be sure to immediately get the program up dates.

For DVD authoring, it is similarly full of bugs and poorly written code, such that its Blue Ray DVD rendering is chock full of artifacts and blurring. It is so fraught with buggy code and headaches that you will wish you never bought this product. Nero simply has over focused on whiz bang sales gimmicks and profits rather than fully prepare their product for real world use.

To address the voluminous problems and make a lot of money, Nero (which vigorously evades consumer complaints and input) has teamed up with iTOK and Trend Micro anti virus to get you to buy $110 in on-line computer cleaning and that anti virus, just to make Nero 14 functional! The iTOK tech got one part of Nero 14 to work, but Nero 14 is so poorly implemented that one must question the programs usefulness, even if you get it for next to nothing with rebates. iTOK also contracts you to an expensive $20 per month computer maintenance fee, each and every month. The iTOK tech used freeware programs such as CC cleaner,, and Tool Bar Cleaner.

In DVD burning, Nero has continued its’ old DVD menus and added some new “3D” menu’s. The problem here is that Nero’s “Animated Menu’s” and “3D” menu’s are really just video files that play on DVD start up. Little can be done with these. The “3D” menus are crude and look like they were meant to impress those in their tween years. They are not professional level menu’s. Nero needs to actually test their product and make it work as claimed.

Other Thoughts: In sum, Nero 14 Platinum is not recommendable at this time. Upgrade from Nero 12 Platinum is not recommended.

HP Officejet Pro 8600 Up to 18 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Thermal Inkjet e-All-in-One Color Printer
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works good for about 2 days. Prints fast. Looks impressive but this is countered by limited functionality.

Cons: This printer has poor paper handling and CANNOT load photo quality paper at all! It is a printer intended to advertise HP papers and relegates all other papers to it won't work well design intent.

This printer is intended for brain dead and low quality high volume business uses only. It has NO ability to preview the document before printing, it has a maximum print of 600 DPI, it has no ability to turn its self off after specified idle time, its LCD instruction manual is a painful experience, and the printed manual is a joke!

It has only one paper tray which requires changing its tray settings and reloading every time you want to print an envelope or other paper size. Be prepared to buy HP paper products.

Other Thoughts: This is my first HP printer. I am going to return it as defective and buy another Cannon!

iolo System Mechanic Premium - Unlimited PCs (install it on all your home PCs)
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works better than Norton Utilities, but that is a very very low standard of performance for computer maintenance!

Cons: This program comes with a set of other programs that it wants to install on your computer. One of them is their antivirus. After the computer scan it was directed (available options) not to interfere with my installed anti virus/firewall but System Mech. set a parameter in the computer to disable my anti-virus/firewall at boot up, each and every time. Somehow it over rides the Windows boot start up commands.

Other Thoughts: Instead of making a product that works well on its own, iOLO seems more intent on installing and then selling you its other software such as its anti-virus.

The program will not comply with the after scan options you select. It does its thing and you live with the consequence, like it or not.

Thankfully I have a full system back up for restoration.


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Date Joined: 08/27/12

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