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At a Glance

Game console system doubles as a great Blu-ray Disc player, too.

Pros

  • Integrated Blu-ray slot drive and HDMI 1.3 port
  • Stunning graphics and Blu-ray movie quality

Cons

  • Pricey if Blu-ray movie playback not needed
  • HDMI or component cables not included
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Pros

  • Terrific menu design
  • Offers media-card playback

Cons

  • Lackluster sound
  • On-unit buttons are small
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Price when rated: $131.00

Pros

  • Well-designed on-screen menus
  • Ethernet connection for interactivity and updates

Cons

  • Outputs 1080i image resolution
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Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Feature-packed, including HDMI 1.3

Cons

  • Hard-to-use remote control
  • Poor documentation
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Pros

  • Produces well-balanced images
  • Has flash media card slots

Cons

  • Lackluster sound
  • Mediocre remote control
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Pros

  • Produces great images
  • Has built-in home network media adapter

Cons

  • Slow response time
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Pros

  • Amazing picture and sound quality

Cons

  • Poor on-unit button design
  • Poky response time
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Pros

  • Great documentation
  • Superior response times

Cons

  • Impractical front-flap design
  • Skin tones often had a reddish cast
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Pros

  • HD DVD Player has 192MB of storage to speed access
  • Inexpensive peripheral for Xbox 360 owners

Cons

  • No HDMI output
  • Disappointing image quality
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