[Windows] Burn CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays and create ISOs with CDBurnerXP

CDBurnerXPI have used a lot of CD burners in my time. However, it seems like the really good ones make you pay. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of decent free burners out there, but most seem lacking when it comes to “features.” At least this was the mindset I had before using CDBurnerXP. Now, I have a slightly different take on free burners.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

CDBurnerXP is a free program that allows you to not only burn DVDs and CDs, but burn Blu-Rays and HD-DVDs as well. The program can also be used to create ISOs, erase re-writable disks, create data-CDs, and that is just to start with.

Pros

  • Burns disks. This includes: CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/BD/HD-DVD, and double layer mediums.
  • Does offer support for burning data on M-Discs (which offers 1000 years of data preservation)
  • Can verify data written on discs as soon as burning process is complete
  • Can copy data from discs (copy-protection is not bypassed)
  • Can create audio CDs using the following sound files: MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, WMA, APE, MPC, WV (WavPack)
  • Integrated audio player allows you to play tracks before burning
  • Does offer support for CD-Text
  • Can burn ISO files to CDs
  • Allows you to create your own ISO files
  • Can convert NRG and BIN files to ISO
  • Works with LightScribe
  • Offers simple cover printing for data and audio discs
  • Offers support for most USB, Firewire, IDE, and SCSI drives

Cons

  • Burn process tends to be a bit on the slow side
  • Requires .NET Framework 3.5

Discussion

CDBurnerXP ScreenshotThere is so much to say about CDBurnerXP…where do I begin?! I guess the fact that the program has so many great features makes a good starting point. Unlike a lot of other free disc burning programs, CDBurnerXP does not cut any corners. It offers all of the features that you have come to know and love with paid burners, but without the high price tag.

The program of course lets you burn discs. This does include DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs, HD-DVDs, and more. Of course, the features do not end there. You can also burn ISOs, make your own ISOs, and convert NRGs and BINs to ISOs. These are features not included with all burners.

Not only does it offer a ton of features, but it is also extremely easy to use. As soon as you boot up the program, you will be welcomed by an easy to read table that will get you started making the disc you want to make. In short, if you don’t know much about burning discs, this program can help walk you through it.

The only problem I had with the program was the burn speed. CDBurnerXP did seem to burn a bit slower than some of the other burners I have used on my computer. However, the time was not incredibly longer, maybe just a few minutes tops. This was a small price to pay for all of the features CDBurnerXP came with.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

If you are looking for a new disc burner, I cannot recommend CDBurnerXP enough. It was simple to use, quick to install, and I did not have one problem burning a disc. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. CDBurnerXP is completely free. So go ahead and visit their official site to download it today.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 4.5

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Requires .NET Framework 3.5

Download size: 5.46MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/43

Is it portable? No

CDBurnerXP download page

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9 comments

  1. J.L.

    This program is portable and native 64-bit. Just click “More download options >>”.

    Also the VirusTotal detection is due to OpenCandy, which isn’t available in portable and other installers.

  2. doug

    The one problem I have had with CdBurnerXP is that it has problems burning to 650 mb disks with version 4.5. Versions 4.4 on down seem to burn to 650mb disks quite well though.
    My car cd player works better if I use 650mb disks. If all you use is 700mb disks then it will work flawlessly!

  3. Louis

    Thanks, it does look like good software. There are many good free burning software, as you mentioned, and it’s quite impossible to test all of them, so it’s good to read reviews about it.

    One item that I’m always looking for in the listed features, is one specific nicety in Nero (although this is paid-for software) for example : The ability, when burning a music compilation from various sources, to ‘normalise’ all the tracks so that it will all play at the same volume level.

    I’m sure that feature may be found in some free burning software, even if it’s omitted from the listed features, but thus far I’ve not been able to find free burning software with this feature.

    Anyone knows if CDBurner XP, or any other free burners, have this feature ?