When our essential hardware experiences some kind of breakdown, there is always a decent risk of losing something dear in the midst of the collapse. When it comes to our personal and work computers, this must-have content can be anything from music, pictures, and video files to crucial documents.
To build a safety net, we can save essential data in several ways. While storage options like cloud servers and external hard drives are decent places to store essential user data, these devices and services can present their own hurdles. One of the most secure ways to store external media is on physical disks. CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays may seem primitive in today’s web storage environments, but discs have a proven track record for endurance and shelf life.
CyberLink Power2Go is popular backup software that provides users with an easy-to-use interface for saving content to physical discs. We were big fans of the 2018 edition platform, and I have just as much praise for the latest iteration -CyberLink Power2Go 13.
Power2Go 13 (and earlier versions of the software) is split in two when it comes to disc downloads – file preservation and movie creation. Let’s start with the first one. The latest version of Power2Go offers improved support for H.265 video files, HEIC / HEIFC image files, and popular formats like MP3, WAV, OGG, etc.
When you launch the software for the first time, you will be able to choose from several types of drives (data, music, video, copy, mixed utilities, etc.), encompassing everything from basic file storage to full Windows recovery. Power2Go also allows you to save bootable data to an external USB drive. We also like the ability to download and store YouTube and Vimeo video files (in full 4K and HDR), which is a great way to store and watch content offline.
This brings us to the second step of Power2Go. If you’re looking for an intuitive movie-making suite, look no further. Power2Go lets you drag and drop your video files into a customizable DVD and Blu-ray burning template. Users will have access to free background audio, photo galleries, a selection of chapters, and disc menu tools. You can also trim and edit the video before exporting it, as well as choose the quality in which your discs will be exported.
Keep in mind that Power2Go 13 is only for Windows operating systems (no macOS or Linux support). However, a cool feature called Smart Detect supports many iPhone, Samsung, LG, and HTC smartphones, allowing you to offload video files from your mobile device while automatically selecting the best video output option for your cellular equipment.
At the time of writing this review, Power2Go 13 is on sale for $ 48.99 through October 3. Normally, the standard version of the software sells for $ 69.99. For an additional $ 27.99, you can upgrade to the Platinum version of the suite, giving you access to advanced movie-making features, premium video editing tools, and H.265 encoding and decoding. .
Power2Go offers military-grade AES-256 encryption for burning your CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. You can also choose between 128 bits and 256 in the create disc menu before your export.
Power2Go 13 claims to have one of the simplest disc authoring interfaces on the market, a claim we can support. Installing the software on your Windows computer is a quick and easy process that begins with a Terms and Conditions agreement. Once the software is added to your computer, a ReadMe file will review all the latest additions to that version.
If you are a little hesitant to get started, rest assured that CyberLink is here for you. There is an amazing selection of tutorial videos on the Power2Go Site, covering everything from burning to converting and backing up various types of files from your PC. Additionally, the Power2Go team provides helpful customer support, including FAQs, support tickets, and phone support (a separate phone support package must be purchased).
Once the software is launched, the main menus are easy to understand and navigate. After selecting the type of media you want to burn to, you will be placed in the encoding panel where the software will display your local PC’s folders at the top and your desired backup disk at the bottom.
Backing up is as easy as dragging and dropping files into the external drive panel, where you’ll see how much space is left on your designated CD, DVD, or Blu-ray. When you’re ready to download, just click the big “Burn Now” button to start the process.
When editing video, the left side of your screen will include all of your editing tools and settings, with a useful video preview window to the right. In addition to the full Power2Go suite, you can also download a desktop burning gadget to your PC, giving you access to fast burning features for your favorite types of discs.
CyberLink Power2Go 13 (2021) is an amazing backup suite and movie maker for novice exporters and approved export professionals. There are plenty of customizable preferences, intuitive menus, advanced encoding and decoding options, and a movie editing interface that will give some of the most popular starter editing packages great value for their money.
While some may want to access more preferences or editing tools, there are enough here to satisfy most users. The only downside we can think of is that macOS and Linux users will have to look elsewhere for backup software. Don’t worry though, for there are plenty of alternatives.