When data stored on CDs and DVDs are vital for ones well being whether it be a backup of financial records or storing pictures from the holidays, losing this data can be quite a hardship. One of the common causes for having the data on discs to fail is due to carelessness and leaving the discs around on various surfaces, and ultimately it can become scratched due to a bit of movement. A new company has begun creating a scratch-resistant disc, which they claim to be the world's safest optical disc. Engineered into the Scratch-Less Disc are twenty small bumps around the outer edge of the CD/DVD, which they refer to as Aero Bumps. Through the implementation of these Aero Bumps, there is a thin layer of air between any hard surface and the actual disc thus making it impossible to scratch during normal wear-and-tear. In addition, a Scratch-Less Disc is coated with a scratch resistant polymer that assists in scratch prevention. Even with these bumps running the edge of the optical disc, there is universal compatibility with all existing media devices. In our tests with the Scratch-Less Disc, it had passed all of our normal usage exams with excellence except when we threw in some screwdriver action, the discs were quickly alleviated. For users constantly scratching their CDs, the Scratch-Less Disc may be the perfect present this holiday season. At this time the Scratch-Less Disc is available in a variety of spindle and jewel case packages with a 48x 700MB design and the cost for each of these discs does equate to approximately $1 USD per disc but the money could be considered well spent with the assurance of scratch protection.
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