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Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher

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Product Highlights
  • 20-Disc Capacity
  • USB 2.0

The Bravo SE Disc Publisher from Primera is a practical solution for burning and labeling inkjet-printable CD and DVD discs. The publisher allows you to burn and print labels for 20 discs at a time. The Pioneer DVD burner has full support for Dual Layered DVD media as well as CD-R and CD-RW. The inkjet printing delivers professional looking discs, making this a great option for musicians, community groups or anyone else needing to distribute professional CD and DVD content without having the time to print discs manually.

Software Bundle
The printer is bundled with Primera PTPublisher SureThing CD Label Software Primera Edition for Windows as well as CharisMac Engineering's Discribe for Mac OS X. This lets you get started printing discs regardless of your operating platform.
High Capacity
The duplicator has a capacity to burn and print 20 discs at a time. This allows you to print a batch of discs without having to sit in front of a computer to change discs as they print.
AccuDisc Technology
The robotic arm, powered by Bravo's AccuDisc technology, prevents double feeding of discs into the drive by using advanced LED optics instead of mechanical components.
High Quality Printing
The printer features 4800 dpi printing resolution, which translates into photo-realistic disc artwork.
Duplicator
Data Source Computer
Disk Capacity 20
Drive Configurations 1x Pioneer DVD Burner
Disk Loading Method Robotic Arm
Duplication (Write) Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Recordable Formats DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, CD-R, CD-RW
Disc Types Inkjet Printable 120mm CD/DVD
Connectors 1x USB 2.0
Printer
Print Resolutions Up to 4800dpi
Color Matching Z-Color Color Matching by Primera
Printing Method InkJet
Printer Language English
Ink Types 3-Color (C,M,Y)
Maximum Print Width 4.724" (12.0 cm)
Printer Driver Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS X 10.2
Colors 16.7 million
General
Compliant Standards Safety: UL, UL-C, CE
Emissions: FCC Class B, CE
System Requirements Windows
Computer: Pentium III 1 GHz
Operating System: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Memory: 512 MB
Hard Drive: 10 GB
Hardware: USB 2.0 Port

Mac
Computer: 700 MHz PowerPC G4, Intel Core Solo, Intel Core Duo
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.2
Memory: 256 MB
Hard Drive: 10 GB
Hardware: USB 2.0
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Consumption: 60W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15 x 7 x 14.75" (38.1 x 17.8 x 37.5cm)
Weight 11.5 lb (4.1kg)
Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher
  • Power Cord
  • Tri-Color (CMY) Ink Cartridge
  • USB 2.0 Interface Cable (Beige)
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PrimeraBravo SE Disc Publisher
     
    4.3

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (14)
    • Reliable (10)
    • Easy to set up (9)
    • Quiet (9)
    • Consistent burns (8)

    Cons

    • Slow (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video files (7)
    • Audio files (3)
    • Burning dvds (3)
    • High-end multimedia (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (10), Casual user (5), Frequent user (4), Practical (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (27), Personal (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (7), Mac (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    After adjustment, works like a charm!

    I have a monthly need to create 20-40 DVDs (and CDs) in a batch for my photography business, plus the more-often need for smaller 3-5 copy batches. The Bravo SE works...Read complete review

    I have a monthly need to create 20-40 DVDs (and CDs) in a batch for my photography business, plus the more-often need for smaller 3-5 copy batches. The Bravo SE works great for both these cases -- create the master version, design a label, pop a stack of discs in the duplicator, click a few buttons and walk away. Before, I made one copy at a time on a spare computer and hand-fed the DVDs into a printer for the labeling. (I learned the hard way a couple years ago NOT to use sticky labels on DVDs, even ones supposidely designed for DVD use.)

    Out of the box, I had a problem with the Bravo SE robot arm picking the disc out of the DVD drive tray -- the tray wasn't opening far enough so the disc was getting caught at the front lip of the tray and being dropped repeatedly. After a call to Primera tech support (and verifying I had the latest drive drivers/patches installed), we decided the drive needed a physical adjustment to move it a tad closer to the front of the duplicator (effectively moving the tray forward). Four screws on the case, unplug the cable from the cover to the mainboard, loosen the four T10 (yes, I had to hunt for my Torx driver), nudge the drive forward and put everying back together -- five minutes tops, and the duplicator worked flawlessly from then on -- hasn't dropped a disc since being adjusted.

    I've printed about 150 discs (which is actually more than than what Primera says you'll get out of one cartridge) and still have about 15% ink left (according to the printer utilities) which comes to about 25-cents per disc, maybe 20-cents by the time the cartridge says it's empty.

    As for the 20-disc capacity, you can tell the software to duplicate more than 20 and just be around to add more discs to the input bin and empty the hopper when it gets full. (Unlike my washer, you can open the lid without stopping the process.)

    As an interesting registration bonus, Primera supplies software that will let you rip a stack of CDs into your iTunes library while you sleep -- too cool!

    I used to think of an automated disc duplicator/printer as a luxury until I actually got it in time for my holiday duplicating crunch. Now, I consider it a reasonable business expense and time saver.

    Altogether, I'm very happy with the Bravo SE and would recommend it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Stay Away!!

    Been using this product for a few months, at first I did manually check the disks after burning to make sure it works fine an it did or at least looked like. Since the...Read complete review

    Been using this product for a few months, at first I did manually check the disks after burning to make sure it works fine an it did or at least looked like. Since the device does verify the disks and does not print labels on disks that don't verify I stopped rechecking every disk after burning, after all it is supposed to do it for me. (I had the verify option checked!).
    Then the big surprise, had to read a backup disk and it would not read on any reader including the BravoSE. So I decided to recheck the next batch of disks that just burned overnight. Only 1 out of 20 disks that verify OK (also checked the logs to make sure did not make a mistake) was actually readable and only by the BravoSE. Tried 6 other devices and no luck, only 1 disk was readable! Started checking back to discover that hundreds of verified disks will not be readable by any computer or DVD reader not even the BravoSE! Needles to say that this is a major tragedy for any photographer!

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    5.0

    Love this little CD/DVD wonder!

    By One Happy Media Minister

    from Central Florida

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clean Printing
    • Consistent Burns
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Quiet
    • Set And Forget

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

        Our church uses the Bravo SE Disc Publisher to produce audio CD's of our sermons for our shutins and to produce rehearsal CD's for our worship ministry. In the future we hope to add video capability to our sanctuary, and then our Bravo SE will help us produce DVD's of sermons.The Bravo SE helps me save time and effort. I set up my files to burn, add a label, and hit GO. Then, while the Bravo SE burns and prints my discs, I can work on other things. The Bravo SE Disc Publisher is the heart of our fledgling media ministry, and it makes my work more efficient and joyful!

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        In my opinion there's none better

        By The DC Oracle

        from Washington DC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Burns
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Runs Cool

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • BackUp
          • Filmvideo Prods On Dvd
          • Video Files

          Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

          I had the pleasure of using a Primera disc publisher back in the mid-2000's on a project I was working on in Malawi, Africa.

          In my line of work, prefection is a must both technical and artistically. That said, when I needed a device that could mass-produce DVD's with professional disc labels, I researched what machines were available and chose the new Primera Bravo II publisher with the belief it was the best.

          I'm not a instruction book guy - I expect to be able to figure out and intuitively use all the bells and whistles of any device I come across. I also expect the device to work right-out-of the box. The Primera we bought back in the mid-2000's was all of the above and the machine never let me down.

          Fast forward to today - I once again need an automatic DVD publisher for a new project we're working on in Uzbekistan. Without hesitation we looked to Primera.

          Technology has moved swiftly in the years since I last used the Bravo II and the model we bought - the Bravo SE looks different and comes with a whole new label design software package. What hasn't changed is the intuitive nature of the machine - it's plug-and-play and, the design software leads the user through a logical step-by-step process that allows you to create a high quality, professional label using packaged templates or by simply importing any ingredient you desire.

          There's no head scratching or a forced need to find and flip through the manual - though if needed, the manual reveals the operation steps clearly and efficiently, just like the machine, when it's in operation duplicating and printing discs.

          With a wide array of models designed to fit just about any need, I'd highly recommend the Primera Disc Publishers to anyone looking for professional results from an easy-to-operate machine.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Bravo SE Disc Publisher is a Lifesaver

          By attpreach

          from Belle Chasse, LA

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Burns
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • Audio Files
          • Label Printing

          Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

          We purchased the Bravo SE to use in our church media center. We were looking for an automated label printer for cd's and dvd's and when we found we could purchase a duplicator/printer for close to the same price, we made the choice. We use it primarily to pre-print labels on cd's that will be duplicated immediately following our services. It was easy to set up and creating labels for printing was a snap. We have made several runs with the printer/duplicator so far and it has worked without a hitch.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          great product

          By justin

          from devens, MA

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Burns
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Quiet
          • Runs Cool

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Audio Files
            • Video Files

            Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

            i hope this one lasts as long and puts out as many discs as our previous Bravo purchased back in 2001 - 2002. very happy.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            4.0

            Real Timesaver

            By STBC Media

            from Tulsa, OK

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Burns
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Quiet
            • Runs Cool

            Cons

            • Ink usage

            Best Uses

            • Audio Files
            • Video Files

            Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

            Using in our church to mass copy and print music, videos, sermons, etc. Saving 50% of time then copying DVDs and then printing as a second process. The Bravo SE is dependable and we can queue the job and walk away. Almost always processing after hours. We need to review how much ink we are using.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Great Disk Publisher

            By Ironrodd

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Casual user

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Burns
            • Fast
            • Runs Cool

            Cons

            • Difficult To Set Up

            Best Uses

            • Video Files

            Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

            A little trouble getting it started on the Mac, but once it was running and installed it outputs disks great. One recommendation to anyone using a lot of external devices, connect this directly to the computer, don't connect to a USB hub or use USB extension cables. Copies DVDs at 20 a batch, or more if you periodically check on the progress, emptying the output bin and refilling the input bin. If the duplicator runs out of DVDs, it will pause and wait for more.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            More Than Expected

            By drgeo3

            from erei, pa

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Burns
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                This product performed above my expectations. It produces a clear clean copy directly on to the dvd or cd. Professional look.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Crystal clear quality

                By Gaétan

                from Quebec Canada

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                    Very fast for printing image on disk

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    Very good publisher/printer

                    By k

                    from st. louis

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Set Up

                      Best Uses

                      • Video Files

                      Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                      Publisher gave me a little trouble installing the ink. I wasn't impressed with the initial printing which was a full color disc, however, I went with a simpler design using less ink and it looks fantastic! The Mac software is a little confusing and crashed a few times but I eventually got it to work alright.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      4.0

                      Easy and Reliable to Use

                      By UNH Law AJ

                      from Concord, NH

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Burns
                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • Holds one ink cartridge
                      • Slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Disc Copying
                      • Video Files

                      Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                      Quick and easy to set up, I was able to immediately duplicate and print discs. The single drive causes longer turn around, but the reliability makes it worthwhile. After the bad experience with my Rimage 2000i, this is a breath of fresh air.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Very good

                      By Albator

                      from savagnier, Switzerland

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Quiet
                      • Runs Cool

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video Files

                        Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                        Good quality printing

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Little bundle of joy

                        By Channel Xiro Media

                        from New Britain CT

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High-End Multimedia

                          Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                          About a year ago I had the option of going with Bravo SE or with the Aleratec Roboracer and I chose the Roboracer because it allowed for a higher capacity of discs and it used lightscribe for labeling. Well one year, 50 or so delayed projects and countless ruined discs later, I gave up on my Roboracer and have discovered the pure simple joy of a product that works the way it is supposed to. No jammed discs, beautifully printed labels, and easy to use too. Good buy with the Bravo SE, so goodbye Roboracer.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          3.0

                          A FINE LITTLE ROBOT.

                          By Lilli

                          from Iceland

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                              This equipment works fine and would get five stars if not for the Primera service but they refuse me of updates and warranty because I ordered from USA but living in Europe. Ununderstandable.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Great Time Saving Product

                              By Konabrad

                              from Kailua Kona, Hawaii

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                                I was spending a lot of non-productive time in my small video business making 20-30 copies of my DVD's at a time. "Burning" a DVD then "printing" it required a lot of hands-on and wasted time waiting for a task to finish. I needed a more automated way to deal with this. After comparing specs and prices of the few models on the market, I settled on the BravoSE Disc Publisher. Not the least expensive, but probably the best price-performance product offered in its' catagory. I am very satisfied with the product, both in quality and performance.
                                Good job Primera!

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                                • Business

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                                4.0

                                Works as expected..tiny glitches

                                By DunedinDragon

                                from Dunedin, Florida

                                About Me Infrequent User

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to use software
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • No handholding required
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable
                                • Simple to operate

                                Cons

                                • Glitchy install
                                • Minor bugs in software

                                Best Uses

                                • Max 300 per month
                                • Pro CDDVD Production
                                • Short run 100 CDDVDs

                                Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                                [...] Fortunately I had a couple of cups of coffee before starting, and it was good I did due to some setup gliches in the install programs.After unpacking the unit, but before setting it up you will need to install the device drivers and programs that come with the unit. In my case I'm on a current release of Windows 7. I ran the setup program from an USB attached CD/DVD recorder that I commonly use for making masters. The setup.exe program notified me that it needed to have .NET installed and that my computer didn't have it and prompted me to install it (it's contained on the setup disk). Of course that installation failed as I knew it would because .NET is already installed on my system, but the setup.exe that comes with the system refuses to recognize it. I therefore had to dissect the autorun programs to figure out what program was the actual installer and run that one, which was located in one of the subdirectories and named 'install.exe'. That installer ran perfectly and installed all the programs and drivers.There are a number of ways you can make copies, but for my purposes which intermittently producing a set of my CD's for sale,I selected the 'Image Project' that copies your master CD onto your hard drive which can then be selected for running that job whenever you might need to make more copies. Although it provides the ability to select what CD contains the master, it did not recognize my USB CD drive for some reason. It was no problem as I just used the Bravo's CD drive and went on.In production the unit runs as advertised and really needs no hand-holding once the job starts. You can generally minimize it and continue on with doing what you need to do. However, I did end up blue screening my PC at one point in the middle of a job when I was viewing a web site with videos on it. I can't completely say it was due to the Bravo, but I've used this site numerous times before without problems and the Bravo was the only difference in my configuration.Overall, I think I'll be happy with the unit. [...] I did my homework with the Primera call center and this unit should work fine if your needs probably won't exceed 300 copies per month. A minor irritation is that the printer requires you to waste a blank CD to calibrate it whenever you change the ink (which is around 100 copies or so). I hate wasting a CD like that, but I'll keep a few around and just re-use them as it only prints on one section of the CD when it calibrates.Other than the things I've mentioned, I'm very happy with the unit and I believe it's a very nice fit for what I do which is to produce professional-level CD's and DVD's for sale in limited quantities. If you aren't terribly technical you might expect to have to call support to work around some minor issues such as the setup, or how to deal with a computer crash during a run as you will need to extract the CD's that were in the printer and the drive when the computer crashed.Great unit, but not for the technical faint-of-heart I would say.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Works as well as advertised.

                                By Jamesbinnola

                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Slow

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                                No complaints, burns and prints 20 DVDs in less than an hour so I can do other work.

                                Great color quality, so clean it even prints the UPC codes on our disks.

                                One ink package will print around 160 full color DVDs.

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                                • Business

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                                1.0

                                Stay Away!!

                                By A very dissapointed photographer

                                from New England

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast

                                Cons

                                • Unreliable

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                                  Been using this product for a few months, at first I did manually check the disks after burning to make sure it works fine an it did or at least looked like. Since the device does verify the disks and does not print labels on disks that don't verify I stopped rechecking every disk after burning, after all it is supposed to do it for me. (I had the verify option checked!).
                                  Then the big surprise, had to read a backup disk and it would not read on any reader including the BravoSE. So I decided to recheck the next batch of disks that just burned overnight. Only 1 out of 20 disks that verify OK (also checked the logs to make sure did not make a mistake) was actually readable and only by the BravoSE. Tried 6 other devices and no luck, only 1 disk was readable! Started checking back to discover that hundreds of verified disks will not be readable by any computer or DVD reader not even the BravoSE! Needles to say that this is a major tragedy for any photographer!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  very good product

                                  By tom

                                  from henderson ky

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Get latest downloads

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                                    record gospel music concerts and make 40-60 copies a month and give to friends.works best with white inkjet printable dvd. use verbatim from b&h sku vemriwh850. full coverage picture use 1 cartridge for 20 video.learned to use pattern supplied in setup cd.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Great product

                                    By Chris Cash

                                    from Washington, DC

                                    About Me High-End Shopper, Practical, Stylish

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                                          A Great find for the money.
                                          I publish about 1000 DVDs twice per year.
                                          Moving from a burn,label, stick, box workflow up to a sit-n-njoy workflow was great for me.
                                          Pros:
                                          - Fast - it takes 5 minutes per disk at 16x (don't recommend using higher speeds in any DVD burner, regardless of media used)
                                          - Reliable - Works without ANY issues but see the following warnings:
                                          Connect directly to USB on PC, do NOT connect via a USB hub, especially if you have other heavy bandwidth usage on that hub. It will slow down burning etc... Keep data for burning on PC's hard drive (not on an external drive)
                                          - Sure Thing included - a very good label maker. If you are importing an image, it may crop it a little, I always design my labels with e very narrow white border all around, which takes care of the problem.
                                          - Ink life/price - I think the ink i s reasonably priced around thirty bucks. I see users complain about ink cartridge life - my advise is - be smarter when designing a label, Use lighter, gradient colors instead of all black or dark color images.
                                          I got 300 light blue gradient with some dark blue logo and letters design out of 1 cartridge and I still have about 25% in it. So if you get 400 labels for thirty dollars, that beats paper labels about 4-5 times. (AND paper labels also need ink)
                                          - Support - had to call them over connectivity issues, picked up quick and helped me fast. Great.

                                          CONS: Ink smudges on standard media if you drop water on it it will smudge badly. Can't anyone figure a water proof ink already please...Unless you go for WaterShield media you will have this issue. And if you can afford it - go for it - it is glossy too - great results.

                                          P.S. Use only quality media like Taiyo Yuden

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                                          • Business

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                                          4.0

                                          After adjustment, works like a charm!

                                          By dkinder

                                          from portland, or

                                          About Me Photographer, Practical

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Automated
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher:

                                              I have a monthly need to create 20-40 DVDs (and CDs) in a batch for my photography business, plus the more-often need for smaller 3-5 copy batches. The Bravo SE works great for both these cases -- create the master version, design a label, pop a stack of discs in the duplicator, click a few buttons and walk away. Before, I made one copy at a time on a spare computer and hand-fed the DVDs into a printer for the labeling. (I learned the hard way a couple years ago NOT to use sticky labels on DVDs, even ones supposidely designed for DVD use.)

                                              Out of the box, I had a problem with the Bravo SE robot arm picking the disc out of the DVD drive tray -- the tray wasn't opening far enough so the disc was getting caught at the front lip of the tray and being dropped repeatedly. After a call to Primera tech support (and verifying I had the latest drive drivers/patches installed), we decided the drive needed a physical adjustment to move it a tad closer to the front of the duplicator (effectively moving the tray forward). Four screws on the case, unplug the cable from the cover to the mainboard, loosen the four T10 (yes, I had to hunt for my Torx driver), nudge the drive forward and put everying back together -- five minutes tops, and the duplicator worked flawlessly from then on -- hasn't dropped a disc since being adjusted.

                                              I've printed about 150 discs (which is actually more than than what Primera says you'll get out of one cartridge) and still have about 15% ink left (according to the printer utilities) which comes to about 25-cents per disc, maybe 20-cents by the time the cartridge says it's empty.

                                              As for the 20-disc capacity, you can tell the software to duplicate more than 20 and just be around to add more discs to the input bin and empty the hopper when it gets full. (Unlike my washer, you can open the lid without stopping the process.)

                                              As an interesting registration bonus, Primera supplies software that will let you rip a stack of CDs into your iTunes library while you sleep -- too cool!

                                              I used to think of an automated disc duplicator/printer as a luxury until I actually got it in time for my holiday duplicating crunch. Now, I consider it a reasonable business expense and time saver.

                                              Altogether, I'm very happy with the Bravo SE and would recommend it.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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