Best Blu-ray Players for 1080p iMore 2019

When you are looking for a new TV or smartphone/tablet, chances are you'll see 4K plastered everywhere. However, there are folks out there who don't really care about 4K and are perfectly content with 1080p video quality. What about if you want to be able to watch your Blu-Ray's without a 4K TV? Well, there are plenty of different choices available, including some that will make sure that your older Blu-Ray's will be shown in crystal clear HD.

Curved upscaling: Samsung BD-J5100 Curved Blu-Ray Player

Staff pick

The Samsung BD-J5100 is a great Blu-Ray player mainly because it has Smart TV features, such as Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming apps. Additionally, this player will up-scale content that is not 1080p, so that you still get the best content available.

$120 at Amazon

Play some games: Sony BDPS3700 Streaming Blu-Ray Player

Not only does the Sony BDPS3700 Blu-Ray Player have the ability to upscale DVD's, but you can even play PlayStation 3 games. This combined with the Dolby TrueHD audio capabilities and you will be more than happy.

$78 at Amazon

For the Road: NAVISKAUTO 10.1" Portable Blu-Ray Player

This 10.1" portable player from NAVISKAUTO makes life easier with 3-hour-long battery life, and the ability to plug into a TV if you choose to do so.

$240 at Amazon

USB and 3D support: LG BP550 Wi-FI and 3D Smart Blu-Ray Player

Some Blu-Ray players focus on just the content being played back, but the LG BP550 has an extra trick up its sleeve. You can use this Blu-Ray player to watch 3D movies, along with using the USB slot to play some of your home movies.

$110 at Amazon

Ultra HD options: Sanyo Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player

The Sanyo 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player may not have all the bells and whistles that other options do. However, this player will support just about any type of content you throw at it, while supporting Dolby Audio and more.

$112 at Amazon

Bare bones: Philips 4K UHD Up-conversion Blu-Ray Player

The Philips 4K Blu-Ray Player will easily convert your old DVD's to better quality, based on your TV. The best part is that you can just plug and play and not have to worry about any other crazy settings that need to be adjusted.

$116 at Amazon

Go from 2D to 3D: Panasonic Smart Network Blu Ray Player

Panasonic's Smart Network Blue-Ray Player is fantastic as it not only allows you to stream content from your phone with Miracast, but it's even more powerful. If you are someone who enjoys 3D movies but don't have the right version, this option will convert your boring ole' 2D movies to 3D.

$90 at Amazon

Multi-faceted: Xbox One S

Microsoft's Xbox One S is the company's entry level gaming system, and it has all the bells and whistles. Of course, you can view your favorite Blu-Ray content, but since it's an Xbox, you can jump on the gaming train. Also, you can download a few streaming apps and watch whatever you want to.

$250 at Amazon

What's our pick?

For just about everyone, the Samsung BD-J500 will do the trick. This player includes Dolby TrueHD audio, built-in smart apps for the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and others, along with an included USB 2.0 port. Using the USB port means you can plug an external drive if you have some home movies stored and want to watch them on the big screen.

If portability is important for you, then the NAVISKAUTO 10.1" Portable Blu-Ray Player is a great option. Not only can you watch your Blu-Ray discs from anywhere, but you can plug it into the TV in a hotel room while you're on the road.

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