When buying a product like this, it's wise not to go into the transaction with great expectations. In my case, this was a risk free trial, having won this item at a games arcade thanks to my considerable skill at spending vast quantities of money to win wonderful prizes such as shot glasses and lop-sided teddy bears.
Howz it work?
1. The machine looks like a CD player (or possibly like one of those cheap rolodex thingies that are made to look like CD players) 2. It comes with one pair of blue topped discs, and a 30ml bottle of liquid for cleaning CDs, DVDs, Game discs and the like. 3. It also comes with one pair of beige topped discs and a 10ml tube of cream for repairing discs. 4. Choose which set of discs you need, press the button to open the lid of the machine, and then insert them in the holes. You'll need to turn each disc until it is securely anchored (rotate it counter-clockwise until it stops) 5. Note that the left side is labeled "Dry" and the right side is labeled "Wet" (It's a bit hard to see if you're not looking for it) 6. Apply the appropriate solution - 4 drops of cleaning liquid or 3 small dollops of repair cream - on to the disc on the "Wet" side 7. Place your disc data side down and close the cover. 8. Plug in the machine (110/120V) and press either the "Clean" button or the "Repair" button on the front of the machine. 9. It will automatically turn itself off when the process is finished. (You won't have any problem knowing when it's done - it makes an awful racket when it's working)
1. Dirty and scratched CDs, DVDs, Game discs and the like can be given a new lease on life. 2. Cleaning only takes a minute, and repairing just four minutes. 3. Easy to operate
1. Looks cheap 2. The cleaning and repair solutions are supplied in tiny quantities (30ml and 10ml respectively) which are used up in no time at all. 3. Replacement kits of discs and solution are comparatively expensive. 4. Noisy
1. It really worked to repair an extremely scratched PS2 game disc that would no longer play in the system. In just over 4 minutes the game was back in the console and working like new. (Some of the scratches were still visible - apparently the solution forms a coating over scratches) 2. It cleaned dirt and fingerprints from an audio disc without any problems.
So, in summary:
This machine does what it claims to do, but will need replacement cleaning/repairing kits very quickly (sold separately). It appears fairly sturdy, but I can't see it giving years and years of faithful service.
Game discs in particular are very expensive, and having this machine on hand to keep them working can be a worthwhile investment, particularly if they are subject to the usual abuse by generation iY.
Amanda Richards, August 30, 2010
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Disc Repair Pro repairs surface scratches to prevent skipping, mistracking and sound distortion, then leaves a protective layer on your discs to help prevent future damage. Disc Repair Pro works on all types of optical discs including audio CDs, DVDs, CD-