When looking for a Blu-Ray player to replace the BD drive on my Laptop (don't ever go with that option, trust me), I just wanted one that was simple... one that wasn't so expensive because the companies behind it felt the need to jack up the price by including all sorts of unnecessary "features" into it (netflix, streaming, youtube, internet radio, etc.). I have a PC that can already do that, so why do I need all that stuff? The LG BP135 was right up my alley. At its core, it's very simple and doesn't try to be anything more than a Blu-Ray/DVD player. Sure, it can also play video (MP4, MKV, DVD vob. files, etc.), music, and image files, but it never tries to be anything more than a Blu-Ray player... which I liked. Admittedly, the thing didn't impress me off the bat because of how light it is. It doesn't look like much, but it really gets the job done. What amazed me the most is that some movies play terribly on my Laptop's blu-ray drive... on this player, they play perfectly. No, this isn't an exaggeration, they really do. I nearly threw away a couple movies that simply just wouldn't work right on my Laptop, but they play fine on this player. Granted, not everyone's going to run into the same luck, but that alone made this player a winner in my eyes. I do have some complaints though. For starters, the remote's not too great. It seems you have to be in the perfect position for the player to react to it, and at times, it seems like I need to hit the button more than once. The controller does make up for this in a way by having the ability to control your TV itself (Power - Input - Volume down - Volume Up), and it somehow worked without me needing to program it. Nice feature to have, in my opinion. My other complaint though is that I have no idea how to update this thing, should the need to do so ever arises. There's no ability to connect to the internet wirelessly or through an ethernet cable, and the LG website itself mentions nothing about downloading updates or anything of the sort. Perhaps this system is still new so it's not required yet, but it does concern me what's going to become of this thing if I come across a Blu-ray that won't work for it and there's no update available. (I'm sure if an update is ever made available, I'll probably have to download it onto a USB drive and install it that way.... which is no problem for me, but for others, that might be inconvenient.) In any case, I think this is a very nice system and it's pretty much perfect for my needs. I bought it for $50, which is a great price for something like this. Naturally, it's not for everyone, especially those who want all those bells and whistles... but if you're looking for a simple yet effective Blu-Ray player, look no further. I can't recommend it enough. (Then again, I'm writing this review a day after owning it and playing only a few movies on it... so I've no idea if it'll survive the test of time yet. For now though, it's doing great; no performance hiccups, and doesn't get hot... so again, I'm still sold on it.)
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