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Last updated: 18 July 2016

As streaming digital content becomes more popular, there are still some good reasons to buy a Blu-ray player – particularly if you've already got a library of DVD and Blu-ray discs. Our buying guide will help explain the features to look for, and How we test explains how we get our scores.

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Our test covers the Xbox One, Sony PS4 as well as dedicated Blu-ray players. Our expert testers give every Blu-ray player a thorough workout to find the models that:

  • have the best picture quality
  • are easiest to use
  • are fastest at loading discs
  • are the most energy efficient.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models have 3D capabilities and smartphone or tablet screen mirroring, and which can upscale to high-definition 4K.

This review includes tents from an earlier test that are now discontinued, but you may be able to buy them second hand. You can view them by selecting 'Discontinued' under the Related Products filters at bottom left.

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    Recommended retail, as of July 2016.

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    Smartphone or tablet screen mirroring

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    Via Wifi-direct or Miracast

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      Includes a YouTube app.

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        • Overall score
        • Recommended
        • Ease of use score
        • DVD picture quality score
        • Blu-ray picture quality score
        • 3D score
        • Operational noise score
        • 4K upscaling score
        • Browsing score
        • Mirroring score
        • Time to load a DVD
        • Time to load a Blu-ray disc
        • Power consumption disc spinning (w)
        • Standby power (W)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Price
        • Dimensions (W x H X D cm)
        • Number of HDMI outputs
        • HDMI type
        • Built-in wireless
        • Ethernet connector
        • USB ports
        • Location of USB
        • Analog audio outputs
        • Digital audio output
        • Digital audio type
        • User can update apps
        • Manufacturer can update apps
        • Facebook
        • Bluetooth
        • YouTube
        • Netflix
        • Twitter
        • Smartphone or tablet screen mirroring
        • DLNA
        • 3D
        • Upscale to 4K
        • Lip sync

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