Usually CD Freaks is only reviewing internal and external CD/DVD/BD burners and also CD/DVD burning software. But this time Primera Technology, Inc. was kind enough to provide us with a review sample of their CD/DVD disc duplicating System, the Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher or Disc Publisher SE like it is called in Europe and so we are able to present you CD Freaks first review of a disc duplication and labelling system.
About Primera Technology
Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Primera Technology, Inc. is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of CD/DVD/BD duplication and printing equipment.
Primera is known for its popular Composer line of CD/DVD duplicators, Signature line of CD/DVD printers and the world's best-selling Bravo SE, Bravo II, BravoPro and Bravo XR-Series Disc Publishers.
Primera distributes its products in more than 85 countries with support for European customers in Wiesbaden, Germany through Primera EUROPE.
Primera's mission is to produce technologically superior products that offer a high degree of customer satisfaction and value while conducting business affairs with unparalleled integrity, courtesy and professionalism.
Product description and Specifications
Bravo SE is Primera's newest "all-in-one" disc publishing system. It combines fast, automated robotic CD / BD / DVD duplication along with full-color, 4800 dpi direct-to-disc printing - all in one compact, desktop unit.
Bravo SE is ideal for producing either one at a time, unique discs or jobs of up to 20 discs at a time. Models include both Windows-based PC and Mac duplication software.
Hands-Free Production of CDs / DVDs
Have you ever had to burn discs one at a time and then manually print and apply sticky labels? If so, you know how much time and effort is involved. Even ordering discs from an outside vendor takes too much time and is too expensive. You’ve probably thought to yourself, “There has to be a better way!”
Now, there is. It’s the new Bravo™ SE Disc Publisher from Primera. Bravo SE is a compact, all-in-one automated disc production factory that fits right on your desktop. It produces full-color, high-quality discs that make your business or organization look truly professional.
Bravo SE takes the complex task of burning and printing discs and makes it simple. It uses Primera’s sixth-generation robotics, ensuring reliable and efficient operation.
Here’s how the process works:
1. Bravo SE’s robotic arm picks a blank disc from the input bin.
2. The disc is placed into the integrated recorder.
3. The disc is burned.
4. The robot moves the disc to the built-in, 4800 dpi direct-to-disc inkjet color printer.
5. The disc is printed.
6. The robot picks the disc from the printer, places it into the output bin and starts over again.
Bravo SE burns and prints simultaneously when producing multiple discs. Bravo SE does all of the work for you – unattended and automatically. It saves you time and money on every disc you produce!
Bravo SE is perfect for a wide variety of light- to medium-duty disc publishing jobs. You can burn and print individual discs with unique data or quantities of the same disc. Just a few of the most popular applications include video and music content, software, press kits, trade show handouts, instruction and training manuals, technical documentation, PowerPoint® presentations, catalogues – the possibilities are almost endless!
Simple Installation and Operation
Easy-to-use software is included for both Windows and Mac PCs. Installation is fast and easy, too. Just connect one cable, install one print cartridge and load one software program. You’ll be automatically burning and printing discs in minutes.
Robust, Water-Resistant Media
You can use virtually any inkjet printable-surface DVD±R or CD-R media. For ultimate performance, try Primera’s new TuffCoat™ with AquaGuard™ surface (matte finish) or TuffCoat with WaterShield™ surface (glossy finish). Both are highly water-resistant and produce the most professional-looking discs you’ve ever seen!
AutoPrinter Model Also Available
If you only need to print, the Bravo SE AutoPrinter (AutoPrinter SE in Europe) produces gorgeous, full-color discs in jobs of up to 20 discs at a time. It’s the perfect, low-cost automated printing solution for the tower-style duplicator that you may already own.
Disc Publisher Specifications
Bravo SE DVD/CD Publisher
Number of Drives
One Pioneer DVR-111
Up to 4800 dpi
Maximum Print Width
Primera P/N 53332
Z-Color™ color profile included
For the PC: PTPublisher™ SureThing™ CD Label Software Primera Edition
For the Mac: CharisMac Engineering’s Discribe™
Printable-surface DVD R and CD-R; standard or water-resistant
Minimum System Requirements for PC
For PC: Pentium III processor at 700MHz or higher, 500MB or more RAM, available USB 2.0 port, NTFS drive partition
Minimum System Requirements for Mac Computers
For Mac: 700MHz PowerPC G4 or higher or Intel Solo or Duo Core™ processor, 256 MB or more of RAM, available USB 2.0 port
Windows XP/2000 for PCs
OS X v10.2 or higher for Mac
UL, UL-C, CE
FCC Class B, CE
100-240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 60 watts
11.5 lbs. (4.1 kg)
15”W x 14.75”H x 7”H
(381mmW x 375mmH x 178mmH)
• TuffCoat Plus (white, standard printable surface)
• TuffCoat with AquaGuard surface (matte, bright white surface, water-resistant)
• TuffCoat with WaterShield surface (glossy surface, water-resistant)
One year parts and labor; optional
Extended warranties available
What’s inside the box
Let us first start by taking a look at the retail packaging as well as the accessories the Disc Publisher ships with.
Besides the Disc Publisher unit itself, the package contains,
- Power cable
- User Manual and Quick Start Guide
- USB – cable
- Software CD
- One TuffCoat CD
- Two TuffCoat DVDs
- Ink for the Printer
Disc Publisher Front
After opening the cover, we see the burner unit, the magazine for the blank discs and the mechanics for the printer unit.
Top - view
Above we see the back of the unit with USB connector, power connector and an identification plate.
A larger image of the identification plate.