If you want to take your Blu-rays on the road, Sony's BDP-SX1 portable player is a reasonable, if expensive, option. Its good USB media support is a bonus, but Blu-rays don't look significantly better than DVDs on a 10-inch screen.
The LG BD690 has a superb feature set and unique CD-ripping functionality, but it's expensive and a little more complicated to use than it needs to be.
We wouldn't recommend the Philips BDP5506 over competing Blu-ray players.
The Oppo BDP-93 is a universal disc player with 3D support, which offers excellent video quality, but there are cheaper options out there.
The Toshiba BDX5200 costs a little less than competing midrange Blu-ray players, but you'll miss out on worthwhile extra features and speedy performance.
The Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD is a 3D-ready Blu-ray player aimed at audiophiles. It sounds heavenly with pretty much any disc you feed it, but also delivers fabulous hi-def video and can stream almost every type of media via a LAN or USB. It's undeniably fine, but expensive.
Bafflingly small, the BD-D7500 pushes high-street Blu-ray design into the highfalutin realm once monopolised by a certain overpriced Danish brand. One to audition if you want a net-connected BD player that's as pretty as a picture.
The BDP-S480 isn't a high-priced Blu-ray player, but it's a decent-quality one.
The Samsung BD-D8500M Blu-ray player appears to offer it all -- a 500GB PVR, 3D support and Internet connectivity. But its multitasking issues and unconvincing media-streaming capability rather take the shine off this ambitious package.
The Sony BDP-S580 has built-in Wi-Fi and more streaming services than all competing Blu-ray players, but its user interface is mediocre.
The Panasonic DMR-BWT700 is the most sophisticated Blu-ray recorder we've seen so far, combining fine 2D and 3D Blu-ray performance with versatile recording options. It's not particularly intuitive, though.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT210's built-in Wi-Fi, simple user interface, Amazon Instant streaming, and blazing fast disc-loading speeds make it our favorite Blu-ray player of 2011 so far.
Despite disc-loading speeds that are just average, the LG BD670's built-in Wi-Fi and excellent streaming-media suite make it one of the best Blu-ray player values.
The Samsung BD-D6700 is an excellent all-around Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs, but for most buyers its upgrades won't justify its high price.
While the experience isn't as polished as the Slingbox, the Vulkano Flow offers an impressive amount of streaming and recording features at an unbeatable price point.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT110 is a great Blu-ray player, offering 3D support and networked media-playback capability. It's just a shame there's no iPlayer access yet.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT310 is a great Blu-ray player with enough features to keep even the most enthusiastic users entertained for a long time. It's not the cheapest machine on the market, though.
The Panasonic DMP-BD75 is a perfectly capable Blu-ray player, but it costs too much and doesn't offer the online video-streaming capabilities of cheaper Sony and Samsung machines.