PROS / This application can create data discs and all types of optical media, including CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.
CONS / You cannot make copies of discs protected by CSS encryption.
VERDICT / This is good software for burning optical discs often or performing basic CD burning tasks.
Power2Go 11 by CyberLink offers a wide array of features that let you create audio, video and data discs. It also contains other features that let you create photo gallery discs, online media backup and system-recovery discs, and more. In short, with Power2Go 11, you can create nearly any type of optical disc you could possibly want, though it does have some limitations you won't find on the best CD burning software.
The entire assortment of CD burning tools in Power2Go 11 is arranged neatly and intuitively on the homepage. Feature categories include creating music and video discs as well as burning system-recovery and online media backup discs. The simple organization of these powerful tools is one of the software's primary selling points.
The tools themselves are incredibly intuitive. Consider the audio CD tool, which is located under the Music Disc tab. This tool launches a drag-and-drop interface where you can select the music files from your hard drive to burn onto a writeable CD. Once you've dropped your files onto the disc, the rest is simply arranging the tracks into the order you want them. In our tests, it took this program about four minutes to burn a full audio CD.
Making a data disc is equally simple. Backing up your files to an optical disc is an excellent contingency plan to modern cloud-based backup services. And you’re not limited to burning CDs – you can also use this program to burn data DVDs and Blu-ray discs. In our tests, though, it took a little over 20 minutes to burn a data CD to capacity, which is the longest data burning time of all the CD burning programs we reviewed.
The Copy Disc tab is an excellent tool for making exact copies of the discs you already own. However, it only works on discs that aren't encrypted with copy protections. Power2Go 11 can't copy a DVD or other disc that is shielded with CSS or another form of encryption.
Power2Go 11 is a powerful and useful optical-disc authoring application that burns CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Despite the long data burning time and inability to burn copy-protected discs, it is an excellent choice to burn CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs.