Strong Points

  • One of the cheapest Blu-Ray players available today ($299.99 at Best Buy and at Sony website)
  • Excellent upscaler quality for DVD movies

Weak Points

  • Takes an eternity to turn on.
  • The player has slow response to commands like previous/next chapter and scan backwards/forward.
  • We couldn’t make it region free.
  • Recognized our 1080p HDTV as 720p when we set video resolution to “auto.”

Final Thoughts

This is a unit that we would buy for ourselves if it weren’t for the fact that we couldn’t make it region free, because we have a huge DVD collection with movies from regions 1 and 4. If you are going to play only region-free (“region 0”) or region 1 discs then this unit is a great pick, especially because its cost/benefit ratio: great price and excellent image quality for DVDs – if the relative slowness of this unit doesn’t bother you.


Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.