Bravo II Disc Publisher
The Bravo II Disc Publisher is, as the name suggests, an updated version of the original Bravo system. The new version updates the components but is otherwise very similar to the original.
The Bravo comes in CD and DVD versions – we looked at the DVD model. It handles the whole disc-production process, recording and printing them in batches of 25, employing a robot arm to move the discs from the burner to the printer and then to the finished hopper.
The specifications have doubled in most areas; the DVD burner moves from 4x to 8x, and the printer goes from 1,200dpi to 2,400dpi. Print quality doesn’t seem much different, but the burner speed does make a difference. The robot arm is improved in that it uses LED sensors to make sure it doesn’t accidentally put two discs in a drive at once. The speed of the arm looks painfully slow, but then it’s probably no slower than you might manage manually. Of course, the real advantage is that you don’t have to watch. It will quite happily churn out discs till the cows come home (or until the 25-disc hopper is empty).
An upgrade that doesn’t necessarily improve life for a Mac user is the new interface. Instead of having a USB and FireWire connection, there is now a single USB 2.0 connection. This is great if you have a Mac with USB 2.0, but I think it is more likely that an older Mac would be put on disc duplication duties, and that may well lack USB 2.0.
Whatever your reasons for duplicating discs, for medium-volume duplication and printing of discs, the Bravo is hard to beat. Primera makes higher-volume solutions, but only for PCs. Frankly, if you need a computer to sit and make discs it may as well be a PC.
The Bravo II offers a relatively cheap way to duplicate DVDs or CDs that is entirely painless. It may not have the capacity of the four-drive systems that Primera makes, but for occasional bulk copying, this is an ideal solution.