Conclusion: Nero Burning ROM still remains an impressive disc authoring tool, despite the growing number of worthy free alternative products. The trial runs for 15 days, after which you can purchase the full-featured edition for $49.99/€39.
Pros: Nero is compatible with all later Windows versions, starting with XP and ending with 8.1 (confirmed by Softpedia tests but not officially stated by the developer). It includes a wide array of advanced settings (e.g. SecurDisc) which mainly cater to experienced users. Extensive help documentation is available online.
Cons: Some features take a while to load, such as "New compilation" settings. Compared to other disc burning applications (like the ones used in the evaluation), Nero is not free. On top of that, it contains advertisements. On 64-bit operating systems Nero runs in 32-bit emulation mode, so it does not take full advantage of resources.