Don't-Miss Optical drive Stories

Panasonic DMP-BD55K Blu-ray Disc Player

The Panasonic DMP-BD55K costs a bundle, but it delivers top-grade image quality for the price.

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Insignia NS-2BRDVD Blu-ray Disc Player

The inexpensive Insignia NS-2BRDVD Blu-ray player offers terrific high-def visuals and an excellent design--but it handles DVD upconversion poorly.

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Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Disc Player

The Sony BDP-S350 is an exceptionally good Blu-ray player that packs in the most important features and delivers pleasing images.

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Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-ray Disc Player

The Samsung BD-P2500 outputs terrific images, but it's expensive and has a few shortcomings.

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Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray Disc Player

The inexpensive Sherwood BDP-5003 lacks advanced features, but it produces passable images.

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Sharp BD-HP21U Blu-ray Disc Player

Its low price and on-board high-resolution audio decoding make it tempting, but the Sharp BD-HP21U fails to deliver a consistently great picture.

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LG BD300 Blu-ray Disc Player

The LG BD300 has all the features you'd want in a Blu-ray player, but the images it produces aren't as good as they should be.

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Sony PlayStation 3 (80GB; as Blu-ray Disc Player)

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

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The Last-Minute Gift Guide

The clock is ticking. Depending upon when you're reading this, you have less than three days before Santa's deadline. Holding out? Been too busy? Over the next few pages, you'll find a couple of quick tips, organized according to how much time you have left. And if any of my pals get some of the gifts below, well, it's just a coincidence--honest.

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