Blu-ray Players Bring Cheap 3D, Great Images, and Internet Services

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At a Glance

The DMP-BDT210 produces excellent images in both 2D and 3D, and it offers a fantastic selection of Internet entertainment. And at $160, it's reasonably priced for a 3D player, even if it is a bit clumsy to use.

Price when rated: 160.
Lowest price: $293.00 via Memory4Less.com

Pros

  • 3D with depth-perception settings
  • Excellent image quality
  • Superior selection of Internet apps
  • 3D with depth-perception settings
  • Excellent image quality
  • Superior selection of Internet apps

Cons

  • Supports few multimedia file formats
  • Front flap doesn't close
  • Annoying home-screen animation
  • Supports few multimedia file formats
  • Annoying home-screen animation
  • Front flap doesn't close
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At a Glance

The Vizio VBR122 is a compact, inexpensive Blu-ray player whose low price and QWERTY remote make it a tempting buy.

Price when rated: 110.

Pros

  • Excellent Internet service selection
  • QWERTY keyboard on remote
  • Compact size
  • Excellent Internet service selection
  • QWERTY keyboard on remote
  • Very low price
  • Compact size

Cons

  • Limited multimedia options
  • No 3D
  • Limited multimedia options
  • Slow at loading discs
  • Slow at loading discs
  • No 3D
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At a Glance

If you don't care about 3D and don't need the absolute best image quality, the Samsung BD-D5700 is an excellent choice. It comes with a wide selection of Internet entertainment and is remarkably easy to use--all for a reasonable price.

Price when rated: 140.

Pros

  • Superb selection of streaming Internet content
  • Attractive and useful on-screen menus
  • Superb selection of streaming Internet content
  • Attractive and useful on-screen menus

Cons

  • Phone remote-control apps limited in function
  • No 3D Blu-ray Disc support
  • Provides limited information while viewing disc
  • Provides limited information while viewing disc
  • No 3D Blu-ray Disc support
  • Phone remote-control apps limited in function
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At a Glance

The Sony BDP-S780 offers a wide selection of Internet-streamed entertainment, but makes some curious compromises. Its 3D settings can improve stereoscopic viewing. But the $230 price may be a painful trade-off for this model's capabilities.

Price when rated: 230.

Pros

  • Extra 3D settings improve quality
  • Extra 3D settings improve quality
  • Useful smartphone remote-control app
  • Great Internet app selection includes Web browser
  • Useful smartphone remote-control app
  • Great Internet app selection includes Web browser

Cons

  • Browser lacks Flash
  • Hulu Plus and Netflix require Sony membership
  • Hulu Plus and Netflix require Sony membership
  • Browser lacks Flash
  • Considerable usability problems
  • Considerable usability problems
  • Expensive
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At a Glance

Though 3D Blu-ray players don't come any cheaper than the NS-WBRDVD3, this model's unexceptional image quality and sparse Internet options make it less of a bargain than it appears to be.

Price when rated: 120.

Pros

  • 3D capability
  • Astonishingly low price for a 3D player
  • 3D capability

Cons

  • Uninformative menus
  • Lacks Hulu Plus
  • Disappointing image quality
  • No network-based multimedia
  • Disappointing image quality
  • Uninformative menus
  • Lacks Hulu Plus
  • No network-based multimedia
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At a Glance

Great image quality, a huge selection of Internet entertainment, 3D Blu-ray support, and some cool extras make the LG BD670 one of the best Blu-ray players around. But the $180 price tag may turn off bargain shoppers.

Price when rated: 180.
Lowest price: $200.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Fantastic selection of Internet apps
  • Superb image quality
  • Can bookmark any Blu-ray or DVD
  • Fantastic selection of Internet apps
  • Superb image quality
  • Can bookmark any Blu-ray or DVD

Cons

  • Smartphone apps don't support QWERTY text entry
  • Pricey
  • On-screen menus not always friendly
  • Smartphone apps don't support QWERTY text entry
  • On-screen menus not always friendly
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