Vizio intros 3 budget Blu-ray players with Wi-Fi

Vizio announced three new Blu-ray players, including the VBR231, which Vizio claims offers improved Wi-Fi performance.

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Vizio VBR210

Along with new HDTV details, Vizio also announced three new Blu-ray players on Tuesday, all of which support the Vizio Apps platform that we first tested on the Vizio VBR200W. The company's new release is scarce on details, but the VBR210, VBR220, and VBR231 will all have built-in Wi-Fi and a suite of streaming-media features that includes Vudu, Netflix, and Pandora. The VBR210 and VBR220 both have onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and are available now for $190 list price. The VBR231 is coming a little later in July for $200, and, according to Vizio, it will have superior  wireless performance because of built-in dual-band Wi-Fi.

We knocked the VBR200W because of its Wi-Fi performance issues in our review, so we're hoping the VBR231's improved performance fixes those issues. We're also hoping the new models address some of our other complaints--such as slow load times and some operational glitches--although at these prices you can't expect perfection.