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If you need to write data on CDs or DVDs, it’s a job for specialized software. And among the most well-known brands in this business is Nero. Nero 9 Free definitely stands out as this edition comes cost-free, though it lacks many of the tools included in the full suite. 

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If you need to write data on CDs or DVDs, it’s a job for specialized software. And among the most well-known brands in this business is Nero. Nero 9 Free definitely stands out as this edition comes cost-free, though it lacks many of the tools included in the full suite. 

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Functionality 3/5

There are not many functions you can use in Nero 9 Free since this version only offers basic data copying and burning features. You just pick the files you want to copy on a disk, make some adjustments for disc name and burning speed and you are ready to go.

Like in the other editions of Nero, you’ll still be able to create disc images, using an NRG file extension and copy the contents of a disc to another location.

Regardless of the method you pick, it is possible to verify the data after a process is complete. Moreover, it’s possible to subscribe Nero RSS feeds and input your own with just a few clicks.

Nero Free is basically a stripped down Nero StartSmart control center, which lacks a handful of functions: no VCD/SVCD support, no audio ripping or burning, no DVD movie burning from existing files.

We are not shocked about the poor functionality in the free version of Nero, but we are a bit surprised at just how limited it is compared to other free programs such as ImgBurn, DeepBurner Free, and InfraRecorder Portable.

Design 3/5

If you used Nero in the past, the interface would look familiar to you. The layout is pleasant, clean, and straightforward, with the main functions displayed at the top of the window on tabs.

The menu’s design is a bit outdated with the gray color prevailing and some red spots like Burn button. It doesn’t look ugly, though it’s not something that will attract users by its look.

Usability 4,5/5

The installation is not that difficult, but you have to be careful and pay attention to the third-party products included in the package. Also, it might take a while until Nero 9 Free successfully copies and installs all the files on your computer.

The discs were created promptly and with no errors during our tests. If the speed doesn't meet your expectations, you should keep in mind that the overall time of a compilation being burned in depends on a variety of factors. To name some, the amount of data to be written, the optical drive and discs you use, and the speed at which you want the process to be carried out.

Cross-platform use 3/5

Nero Free is compatible with all Windows versions, starting from Windows XP:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows XP 64 bit
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Vista 64 bit
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 64 bit
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 64 bit

Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Mac OS.

In-app purchases

Nero Free is, as you can see in its name, is free software, which doesn’t require any extra payments to use its functions. However, these functions are so limited, you might consider buying some of the Nero’s paid versions, which are more consistent and feature-packed.

Conclusion

The Nero Free application offers exactly what you need to create discs in no time. If you only need to create CDs and DVDs fast and easily, Nero Free might be the answer.

Even though it has a highly limited functionality and 130MB install footprint, Nero Free is a reliable addition to your toolbox. It's nice to have something around that you know will work.

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Conclusion

Nero Free helps you easily create discs with all kinds of data, copy the contents of a CD or DVD to another location, and generate NRG images.


Pros : Free;
Works fast;
Reliable;
Clear and straightforward interface.

Cons : Highly limited functionality;
Dated design.


Functionality 3

Design 3

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 3


Average : 3.4




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