Excerpt: More Than Just a Disc PlayerLG Electronics has proven itself to be the most innovative manufacturer of Blu-ray players in the world. It was first to market with an HD DVD/Bluray Disc combo player (BH100), a player with Netflix streaming (BD300), and a player with 802.11n Wi-Fi (BD390).
Excerpt: The standalone Blu-ray player is a knuckle-dragging troglodyte just a hair away from extinction. LG knew this was the case when it updated its flagship BD590. Though 3-D capabilities are MIA, video download services, web content and even disc-ripping make this player a truly evolved gadget.
Pros: Spruces up a ho-hum product with digital media verve. Surprisingly slim and quiet (even with the HDD). Lossless ripping allows high-def music playback. Integrated 802.11n wireless connectivity delivers fast, crisp content across the network. Plays back locally-stored MKV, DivX , H.264 and MPEG-4 ...
Cons: Just shy of being competitively priced. Clunky menus and occasionally laggy interface. Lack of 3-D shortens its potential shelf life.