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Ziotek Media Carousel Plus Special Edition

by Ziotek
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Product Description

The Media Carousel Plus electronically organizes up to 150 discs and can automatically serve up a CD or DVD in seconds! Use the keypad to retrieve discs or use the USB connection and software to build

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 7 x 15.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B000G7WZQY
  • Item model number: ZT1341450
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 2, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Unless you want it to sink your ship also don't waist your money.
Carousels have a keypad for easy slot selection for easy disk insertion or retraction if not using included software on your computer.
If you still collect the physical disc's, this is a great way to compact your collection.

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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful By MVD_2080 on September 24, 2006
I first bought an Imation Disc Stakka for the cd/dvd storage. I was not completely impressed with it because (1) it offer no method of ejecting the disc, without the computer and (2) there was no Linux driver. I then found the ZioTek Carousel Plus and I immeadiately thought that it would be an improvement because of the digital display and keypad for standalone operation. Thus, if there were no Linux driver, I could still use the carousel.

After using the ZioTek for a month, I can now offer a comparison to the Disc Stakka.

Portability Winner: ZioTek. They offer Windows AND Macintosh drivers. I found a Linux driver, but it has no catalog so I use my Macintosh. Stakka only has a Windows driver.

Cataloging System Winner: ZioTek. Their software allows you to group your cd/dvd titles by your created categories. ZioTek also allows you to search on cd/dvd title. Stakka does not allow either of these features. With the Stakka software, can sort your titles alphabetically, but then you must visually scan the list for the title of interest. Both software allow you to enter your cd into your reader and have that information transferred to the cataloging software. ZioTek's software is simply more flexible.

Speed Winner: ZioTek seems to access a disc almost twice as fast as the Stakka. This is impressive because the ZioTek stores 150 discs while Stakka only stores 100 discs. The ZioTek is almost much quieter when it is searching for the disc. I can barely hear the ZioTek carousel turn, while you definitely know when the Stakka is rotating its carousel.

Appearance Winner: ZioTek looks nicer. I have the special edition black.

Disc Handling Winner: Stakka. Surprisingly the Stakka has the better disc handling system.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Koon on April 15, 2007
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I researched media carousels for about a month because I wasn't sure if I wanted to drop this much money on something that does what a shoebox can do. However, I must say I am very pleased and it was worth the money.

I agree with most of the other reviews that the arm appears a bit flimsy. However, it works fine so far. The manufacturer claims that the software doesn't work with Vista, but it does. It just doesn't load all the pretty graphics. I entered in all 150 DVDs in about 20 minutes.

The nice thing about the software is it has a print function. They provide a book so that you can write down all of your movies, or you can click the print button and it prints off a list complete with numbers and titles.

You can use this without a computer by typing in the number on the keypad. I am very glad I purchased this. It finds a movie in about two seconds and is not that loud. It isn't the smallest piece of electronic equipment, mine takes up the top of my printer stand.

Great product and I am planning on buying another for my software and video games. If you are considering buying electronic media storage, consider this as one of your top choices.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Kinard on May 18, 2007
Okay..first off this is a great carousel even with the flimsy arm...very fast and very quiet. By far, the best storage system out there for people with more than 500 DVD's like myself. However the software is HORRIBLE, especially if you plan to use any other operating system outside of a MAC. The reason is because I couldn't figure out how to eject dvd's through the computer with Windows. The manuel says it only works in Adminsitrator mode in Windows and gives NO direction on how to eject discs using a Windows platform. However, you can search and manually do it. BUT....you can pay an extra $39.95 to get the Collectorz DVD software program available online that works with this unit and it works FANTASTIC!! I mean, this thing sings with this software. I was very upset about this unit until I found this software online and it MAKES this unit what it is. I plan on buying 3 more to daisy chain them up and link them off my laptop. Software will search online for all info, pics, extras for every possible movie, tv series, etc. available and load it automatically. They even have a trial version you can use to see what I am talking about. Search Ziotek on the manuel to see how to hook up the carousel...easy as 1-2-3! And no, I have no affiliation to the software company..but they need to work with Ziotek and this carousel for everyone. Honestly, if you are going to pay $150 for this unit, spend the extra one time 40 bucks for the software package.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kim Hill on January 6, 2008
I received this as a gift. It holds 150 CDs or DVDs (or combination of both) in an upright position just like a slide projector. There is a simple interface that allows you to name each disc and then add comments (or key words) about the content of the disc. You can then search the carousel by key word to retrieve the disc you are in need of.

The downside is that I had hoped it would call up the actual disc content and display it on my screen. But it doesn't do that. It simply locates the disc and serves it up to you so that you can take it out of the carousel and put it into your disc drive. Now, for me that is still very necessary and helpful since I have a slew of discs. The only other con is that it is very large - about 14" x 14" and about 6 or 7 inches tall. WAY bigger than I envisioned it to be.

The pros are that you can daisy-chain them together and stack them up to hold a ridiculous amount of information, including movies and music collections. The other pro is that it makes it so much faster for me to find the disc I need. The more key words you add to the description, the better your results will be when searching. There is also a handy management form that you can fill in so you can do a quick disc retrieval from the physical form as opposed to using the search function (and you can print it out from the provided software if you are not interested in writing it out long-hand).

Another pro is that there is a lock on the carousel so that little hands can't access your stuff. VERY GOOD cuz I tell ya, my boys were completed fascinated with this thing. It lights up like a disco when the carousel spins. LOL

So there ya go. If you're thinking you need to get all your discs off your desk and into a handy, searchable database, this is a great solution.
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