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CyberLink PowerDVD

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Sometimes you really do get what you pay for. At least you do with the pricey CyberLink PowerDVD, a nifty video player that combines ease of use, top-notch performance, and an outstanding feature set.

The compact and handy interface comes in several flavors, including a miniature version with minimal playback controls. The context menu is customizable, and the program automatically resumes playback from the last point you viewed. You can bookmark interesting scenes and move subtitles so they don't interfere with the picture. Video-enhancement options include color profiles and Eagle Vision technology, which makes the picture brighter and more natural. CyberLink PowerDVD also has tools for improving sound on headphones or two-speaker systems. You can enable a different parental control level for each of your kids. It also supports Blu-ray discs and picture-in-picture displays.

What's not to like? OK, the price: $69.95 might seem steep, but you're getting a lot for your money. Also, Windows Vista users have complained about bugs since Version 7, so caveat emptor if you're on a Vista-32 machine.

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  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 592 votes

    • 5 star: 246
    • 4 star: 111
    • 3 star: 49
    • 2 star: 45
    • 1 star: 141
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "nice product"

    March 2, 2010  |   By michob

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    the clarity is un-comparable

    Cons

    easily disabled

    Summary

    somehow slow in speed

    Updated on Mar 2, 2010

    kindly activate my power dvd8

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It is very functional, I do like it very much"

    November 3, 2008  |   By Jose Carlos Teixeira da M

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    High quality.

    Cons

    I do like it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Possibly The Best DVD Player Software, WAY Overpriced!"

    October 27, 2008  |   By mistertee

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    Better overall system compatibility versus WinDVD 9

    Cons

    Overpriced, bloated, doesn't play HD-DVD format

    Summary

    Although lacking several useful features found on Corel's WinDVD 9, PowerDVD 8 seems to offer better overall compatibility, especially on Vista systems. That said, I find it odd that PowerDVD removed the ability to play HD-DVD discs. Yes, I understand that Blu-ray won the battle but it really doesn't make sense to "ignore" the fact that hundreds of thousands of HD-DVD movies are still in circulation. IMHO, Cyberlink should have waited until the next version of PowerDVD to pull the plug. In any case, both PowerDVD and WinDVD can be problematic, especially on Vista so whatever you do, try before you buy.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A must-have!"

    October 20, 2008  |   By AngryAngeloLlanos

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    Great picture quality, playback, sound.

    Cons

    Interface could use some more work, make it easier for new users.

    Summary

    Get it. Worth the money.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good product"

    October 19, 2008  |   By saranvijai

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    very clear and gothis product is od quality.sound system and everything very wel

    Cons

    nothing .everyone is good for me

    Summary

    very clear and gothis product is od quality.sound system and everything very wel
    nothing .everyone is good for me,i watch movies in this player is nice

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  • 4.0 stars

    "CyberLink PowerDVD 8 good dvd player."

    October 2, 2008  |   By akash_jee

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    CyberLink PowerDVD 8 is good dvd player.
    This is best a Versions.
    This is best for my video dvd and dvd movies

    Cons

    CyberLink PowerDVD 8 is not bad Versions.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "0123456789"

    September 25, 2008  |   By chat 2507

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

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  • 5.0 stars

    "all time all types all dvd player! king of all!"

    September 22, 2008  |   By freshte_j

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    it playes any d*a*m*n thing in dvd format! how can i not love this?

    Cons

    it's absoulutlly cool! yet i haven't found out yet how to adjust the volum in newer editions when i go full screen!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "A long time user let down with terrible support on V8"

    September 21, 2008  |   By edengc

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    This is one of the very few products around right now that claims to be able to send raw audio data down the HDMI cable; a huge benefit for those who want to play media back from a PC to a PLASMA with HDMI input. It means 1 cable and higher quality.

    Cons

    On first run after installation one an activation applet runs which asks for your key then authenticates this on the Cyberlink Server. For some reason the applet will not talk to my TCP/IP stack so I cannot authenticate & register my product for use.

    Summary

    I have only had automatically generated replies from the Cyberlink Support system and these are not helpful in the slightest. I have joined their forum in which I discover that this is a know problem, apparently without a fix! In order to actually speak to a support individual at Cyberlink it would appear that you have to pay $30 for their premium support service which is not refundable. I am now trying to get my money back under their 30 day money back guarantee scheme.

    It is unwise to hand money over to a company which claims to be technical (yet uses visual basic for their applications!!) but cannot manage their own technologies properly or support their customers.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very good."

    September 14, 2008  |   By pelufinder

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 8

    Pros

    Is easy of use and donĀ“t none problem at play dvd

    Cons

    I can like edit the colors and personalize

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