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CyberLink PowerDVD 13 Ultra Review

Sam Loveridge

By Sam Loveridge

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

CyberLink PowerDVD 13 – Movie Library

The more visually appealing new addition to Power DVD 13 is the improvements to the Movie Library. The software discovers what the movie content is and automatically assigns cover art. Hovering over a particular movie file also bring up a pop-up windows displaying basic information like genre and release date pulled from the vast PowerDVD archives. Movies can be searched for in various ways too, employing filters such as any movies not yet watched or the top ten most played.

Additional information for any movies comes courtesy of CyberLink’s MoovieLive, which offers details on cast and synopsis as well as offering user-created reviews of the said movie. MoovieLive subscribers can also add their own reviews to the available information.

PowerDVD 13

CyberLink PowerDVD 13 – PowerDVD Mobile Apps

Installing the CyberLink PowerDVD Mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8 not only offers a Cinema Mode remote for the desktop version, but also streams content from home media servers. CyberLink has also made it possible to convert any videos streamed from the Pc to a compatible format for the notoriously difficult iPad devices.

You can then either directly stream any content from the home media server onto the iPad via the app, but also download the file in a compatible playback format to take away with you and watch later offline.

Verdict

CyberLink PowerDVD 13 may not be revolutionary, but it offers a host of new features to enhance your movie and media content viewing experience, especially with the addition of TrueTheater technology. However, the highly-usable and responsive media player does come at a price that will put a large number of users off. If you are happy to pay the price, however, you will find PowerDVD 13 a powerful movie player that is more than capable of handling any file you provide.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Features 8
  • Performance 8
  • Usability 8
  • Value 5

Richard

August 13, 2013, 1:49 pm

Be very careful about buying this as it maybe incompatible with your monitor or graphics card. Cyberlink tell you that you must have a digital connection to the monitor they don't mention that the monitor has to be complient with some sort of USA protection law.

Robert Corfield

February 26, 2014, 6:40 pm

Extremely slow apparently due to Cyberlink windows services running which need to be disabled in order to play DVDs. Also program needs to be blocked in Windows Firewall. Cyberlink reenables the windows services after updates/upgrades so you have to disable them again. Finally when you’ve messed around doing all that it can turn out there is no sound. Pricey. Unreliable. Uninstalled. Complete waste of money.

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