What Is It?
The Nero 2016 Platinum is the new generation all-in-one burner from Nero, used mainly for copying and burning data for CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, including the transferring of data among different type of discs and so on. The data burning community is of course familiar with Nero software from its first edition of Nero Burning Rom (a witty word-play on the burning of Rome by Nero, of course). This new Nero 2016 edition is just the latest development on the software we’ve all been using for at least a decade if not more, and which has managed to remain relevant throughout the years so far.
Our Nero Platinum review will take a look to all the aspects, specs and features of the software’s new 2016 edition, to see if Nero has indeed managed to remain in the big league or not. The user reviews of this copy of Nero have so far been mixed, so if you’ve gone through at least a couple of those you must probably have a lot of questions about it. Is the Nero 2016 Platinum as good as it’s advertised? Can this new burning software be used for mass transfer of data among various disks and devices? Is the quality of the data burned affected by the software in any way? What are some extra features of the Nero 2016 which can convince me to switch from older Nero versions to this one? How about pros and cons to using the software? We have answers to all these questions and more in the detailed review below.
Nero 2016 Platinum BurnWorld Review: Specifications
Type of software: Premium (with Trial version also available);
Compatible operating systems: Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate (for 32 bit or 64 bit), Windows 8 (for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions), Windows 8.1 (for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions), Windows 10 (for 32 bit and 64 bit);
System requirements: 2 GHz or Intel Processor, 1 GB RAM, 5 GB hard space, a graphics card compatible with Microsoft DirectX 9.0, DVD disk drive for installation and playback, as well as CD, DVD or Blu-Ray disks for burning (recordable and re-writable);
Recommended price: The usual price for the Premium software pack is $129.99, but on Amazon, Nero 2016 Platinum is currently on sale for $59.90 plus shipping.
Nero 2016 Platinum BurnWorld Review: Features
In a nutshell, the new iteration of the Nero pack is meant to be a reliable all-in-one solution for copying, burning and ripping, for all disk formats (CD, DVD and Blu-Ray technology). The data ripping feature is also available for AVCHDs in addition to the 3 disk formats mentioned above. The Nero software included in this pack is also meant to function as a multimedia tool, perfect for the playback of photos and videos, high definition movies, slideshows, music or AVCHDs and so on. Therefore, here are the main features of the new Nero pack.
Disk copying, ripping and burning: This new edition of Nero platinum succeeds in copying, ripping and burning data to the 3 above mentioned disk formats just as well as the previous versions of the Nero software used to, only faster and with a more modern interface. According to user reviews for the newest version of Nero, there are no issues to be reported for this aspect of the software pack’s functionality.
Fast and reliable organization and playback of your multimedia data: With almost no effort or editing skills at all, you can create slideshows, presentations or photo albums from the user interface of Nero, and then burn, share or play them back immediately. The software even streams media from your computer or a disk created by it, directly onto your TV or other home devices (including mobile devices as well).
Image, audio and video optimization: The software pack also allows the simple and fast conversion of all audio, video and photo formats in order to ensure an optimum usability (including their adaptation for mobile devices, for example). It includes various apps meant to edit, compile and create multimedia data, including a Hollywood HD studio-like movie editor and creator, retro movie effects, a tilt-shift effects embedding tool and so on. This means that the new version of Nero can be a useful tool not just for the copying, ripping and burning of disks, but also for a better organization of your multimedia data, together with providing some basic features for photo, video and audio manipulations and compiling.
- It’s the classic and most reliable option on the market for burning disks;
- It also allows for CD, DVD and Blu-ray ripping, thus becoming a useful tool for the fast multiplication of data;
- This version of Nero is one of the best packs for creating spectacular presentations, photo albums and slideshows from your data and burning them directly onto disks, especially if you’re not exactly a pro in the editing of this kind of data. For all PC users without masterful Photoshop and video editing skills, the Nero features can be a very easy to use alternative, ideal for creating impressive multimedia presentations and burning or streaming them onto the preferred device;
- You can use Nero Platinum for burning on air, and on the go. If you haven’t decided exactly what you want to put on a disk, you can start burning it anyway and add extra files later, or swap them and reedit as the burning process continues. Also, you can record video and audio transmissions live directly onto disks. Therefore, the new edition of Nero software is one of the most flexible ones yet, perfect to integrate it in a busy life and a hectic schedule.
- Some users complained of how the software pack performs under Windows 10; the most common problems reported are either directly from the installation of the software, as well as a few reported problems with the functionality of several features later on.
Most of the cons expressed by disappointed users are only valid if you are a Windows 10 user already unhappy with the overall performance of every software under this operating system. In other words, many reviewers of this version of Nero complaining about the program not working properly may actually have only experienced these issues because they were accessing it through Windows 10. This doesn’t mean that Windows 10 is bad per se, or that the responsiveness of the new version of Nero to this version of Windows is bad either; it just means that if you’re among the user pool for whom Windows 10 isn’t working out, chances are that the new 2016 Nero will not work out well either. But if you have another version of Windows, or if your Windows 10 is working perfectly, then you shouldn’t experience any kind of problems whatsoever with the functionality of Nero either.
All in all, especially if you’re dabbling a bit in graphic design or making your own video compilations, the new Nero software pack is definitely an useful multi-media tool that we’d recommend, beyond its also useful disk burning features. You can purchase a copy here.
As an important note, since our entire review mentions how useful Nero 2016 Platinum is for ripping disks, creating presentations from multimedia data, compiling data and burning it on disks and so on, it should be mentioned that Nero specifically forbids the use of its software for handling, editing or copying copyrighted material. Thus, all the data handling features mentioned above are only permitted for use with non-copyrighted material.