Express Burn Free
At a Glance
Unfortunately, Express Burn Free has a bad habit of downloading more stuff, sometimes without asking. For instance, when I dragged my set of audio format test files to the job window, the program went online and downloaded something to help with the conversion of the files. It did a nice job, recognizing and decoding APE and FLAC files in addition to the usual wave and MP3 files, but still. And somehow I wound up with the NCH Toolbox on both the desktop and the Start Menu, as well as an NCH Software entry on the Start Menu--the latter with a whopping 22 entries on it for audio, video, and even dictation software.
I liked the Express Burn Free interface. It's not as fancy as some, but it's easy to intuit and use. You can't miss the huge "Burn" button in the lower right corner. Every disc job I tried with the program turned out fine. I can't vouch for the Plus and Plus with Video versions, but the Free version works swimmingly. If you can endure all the extraneous (though often useful) stuff Express Burn Free installs on your system, it'll do the job as well as any freebie out there.
--Jon L. Jacobi