Excerpt: Toshiba’s BDX1250 is designed to appeal to those making their first timid steps from standard-def DVD to hi-def Blu-ray. No shame in that, except it has to compete with plenty of other decks (including Sony’s BDP-S185 and Panasonic’s DMP-BD75 ) that are all taking the same approach. And at this end of the market, price is everything – the launch ticket of £130 made it an immediate non-contender, but shop around and you’ll find it for £100 or less.
Excerpt: The Toshiba BDX1250 may not be packed with features like the high-end Denon DBP-2012UD , but on the plus side it is one of the more affordable Blu-ray players around, like the LG BD670 . Does it offer enough for you to consider investing? We put it through its paces to find out.
Pros: Slim dimensions, Picture quality, Media playback via USB port
Cons: Build quality, Lack of features, Fiddly remote
Excerpt: There’s no shortage of quality budget Blu-ray players out there. Besides delivering excellent picture and sound quality, some also offer 3D playback and smart functionality, including DLNA certification and access to catch-up TV services such as BBC iPlayer.
Pros: Reasonably good Blu-ray picture, USB socket can be used with some media files
Cons: Feels/looks cheap, poor remote and dated menus, sounds lean, grainy DVD picture