Friday, February 18, 2011

Blu Ray Media: Verbatim DataLifePlus Review

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Best Blu Ray Media Brands Part 17: Verbatim DataLifePlus Media/ Discs Review

 Verbatim carries three different product lines in the Blu Ray market. The low-priced Verbatim LTH line scored high but did not find good compatibility in the audio/video world, while the non-premium Verbatim line suffered from some degree of archival failure. In this review, we look at the Verbatim DataLifePlus product line, focused on professional use, which is priced higher than either of the other two. Verbatim, a Mitsubishi brand, has always carried an outstanding reputation in the US for quality optical media in the past 10 years, but cut some corners in 2010 by outsourcing some of its blank DVD media value offerings to CMC Magnetics, a low cost, typically low quality manufacturer. CMC Magnetics is widely considered inferior for optical storage. The Verbatim DataLifePLus DVD line, however, kept its high quality and remained manufactured by the home team.

We had no difficulty finding 4 products under the Verbatim DataLifePlus label, well represented on the market, all in BD-R or BD-R DL formats. Because of their higher price, however, we only found 3 reviews on them. To create our predictive quality rating for Verbatim Blu Ray DataLifePlus media, following our standard process, we compounded the uncorrected satisfaction rating with the product line's DVD rating of 91% ( specifically for Verbatim DataLifePlus DVD rating).  Because of the low number of reviews, we had to downgrade the resulting rating by 9% for statistical sample size correction, to ensure that the final number would be within 5% of the lowest limit of the statistical margin of error. The final predictive quality rating for Verbatim non-premium Blu Ray media was 84%. We expect this rating to trend up by up to 10%, as the number of user reviews increases.  Because of the low number of user reviews so far, we cannot endorse the use of Verbatim DataLifePlus Blu Ray media yet. Although we believe them to be archival quality, we can't prove it yet. Based on the performance of the brand in other Blu Ray product lines, and in the DVD market, we consider them satisfactory for any use that does not require archival quality.

  • Verbatim non-premium Blu Ray media predictive quality rating is 84%, due to a low number of existing user reviews.
  • We expect this rating to go up by up to 10% as user reviews increase.
  • Because of the low number of existing user reviews, we cannot yet recommend Verbatim non-premium Blu Ray media for archival quality uses, although we believe the product line to be archival quality - we just can't prove it yet.
  • We consider Verbatim non-premium Blu Ray media well qualified for any use that does not carry archival quality as a requirement.
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To understand Blu Ray lingo, check our lexicon of Blu Ray vocabulary. Our Blu Ray brand predictive quality rating process is explained here. Our statistical analysis practices are described here, which is also where we discuss's predictive quality rating.

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