This is a pretty fast blu ray player. I hate waiting around for things to load, and the loading / bootup speeds are comparable to the PS3 / Oppos. It is a little fidgety loading discs though. Sometimes it spits out perfect looking discs and tells me it's unrecognizable. It has a nice looking sleek reflective blue front panel. The left portion of it flips down to reveal the tray. The tray is a bit flimsy looking ( feels a little filmsy too ), but gets the job done. The letters are displayed in the old calculator-letter form, not in dots. The buttons are well placed and cleanly done. A large eject button is on the top right corner of the unit. The unit has pretty much every connection option you need, 7.1 Analog out / HDMI / Optical / Component. I have only used the HDMI output, so can't comment on the other outputs. The HDMI was pretty much plug and play. Did not have any problems with it. However, I have experienced a lot of audio sync / stutterings with DTS-MA titles and it has frustrated me a bit. Audio would be out of sync and would have to FF chapters to resynch. Old issues have slowly been fixed with firmware updates. Not sure if I should be frustrated that it has audio issues or that LG still releases fixes for it. It has LAN / Wifi connectivity, and all the BD-Live / Netflix / YouTube worked with no problems. It also supports VUDU, but didn't get to use it. Firmware updates are supported through the network connection, but was VERY slow to download. BD-Live was very slow with a lot of stuttering with the animations. But.. who really cares about BD-Live anyway? 8) All in all a very solid unit. If LG could release the firmware in a more timely manner, then would be a winner.
San Francisco, CA