"Cleans discs well, but that's all it does"1.0 starson by gcgoodwin
Pros: Automated, Cleans discs well
Cons: Does NOT repair scratches, expensive refill kits
Summary: I picked this up today to replace a "DataDoctor" hand cranked model... I'll be taking it back tomorrow. It cleans the DVDs well, but does absolutely nothing for the scratches. I took a small kitchen knife and made similiar scratches on two different DVDs (DVDs I burned).
Using the DataDoctor you can run your finger over the disc where the scratch was... you can barely feel the scratches and can actually see a thin layer of dust where some of the disc was removed after a 5 minute repair. The DataDoctor works well, even though it's a slower manual process.
The Optifix Pro made the DVD look better, that was all. The scratches I made were still present and could still be felt when running a finger over the disc. I expected kind of a fine "sand-paper" pad for the repair pads in the Memorex model, but the "repair" pads seem to be just a coarse cloth. I really don't see how the cloth could remove a thin layer of the disc to fix any scratches.
I'll continue to use the manual "DataDoctor". The "DataDoctor can be used with regular tap water (even says so in the instructions) instead of buying a $10 refill kit for pads and cleaning/repair solution for the Memorex Optifix Pro (which would only be good for 5 to 10 repairs).
If you want something for cleaning CDs/DVDs you can buy this for $20 at Wal-mart (or do what I do and just use a clean rag made of a fine material). If you want something for repairing discs, find something else.