Blu-Ray Players – the Future is Here

WHAT IS BLU-RAY TECHNOLOGY?

Blu-ray is a data storage format for optical discs that allows for much higher data storage capacity than is possible with conventional DVDs and CDs. The name Blu-Ray arises from the fact that this technology utilizes a blue laser to read the disk unlike the DVD technology that uses a red laser. The advantage of using a blue laser as opposed to a red one is that it has a shorter wavelength thus allowing data to be stored at much greater density on.

Blu-Ray Player

Blu-Ray disk than on DVD and thus the higher data storage capacity. A blu-ray player disk holds 25 GB of data per layer which is impressive compared to a mere 4.7 GB per layer possible with DVD. Blu-Ray discs are mainly used for holding various media files particularly video such as feature films. Recent innovative ideas have allowed the capacity of blu-ray discs to be expanded to astonishing extents of up to 500 GB though these are yet to hit the mainstream market.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING BEST BLU RAY PLAYER

1. Price – this is usually the most important consideration when purchasing any kind of electronics. However it is necessary to ensure you are getting proper value for the amount you pay, a task that involves a very delicate balancing act. A higher price doesn’t always guarantee you a player of higher quality. Do thorough research before going into the market for one and understand the features that different models have to offer. Determine what features you desire in player and evaluate these against your budget. It is important to note that some of the extra features that are offered by the more expensive models may not be useful to you or are usually overrated hence you may end up overspending on something worth no extra benefit.

2. 3D capability – As of 2017, most players being built by top manufacturers are 3D-enabled and are still compatible with 2D blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs. Some are equipped with 2D-3D conversion functionality which converts signals from 2D movies into 3D to watch on 3D HDTV though the picture is not that impressive. If you intend to acquire a 3D TV in the near future it is best to go for a 3D enabled BD player as the 3D experience could prove quite enjoyable and you don’t have to spend much more as compared to 2D only players.

3. Connections – All players come with a HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port that allows you to audio and video content over a single cable to your HD television thus simplifying connection. HDMI supports all audio formats and maximum video resolutions. Some manufacturers of blu-ray players  include a HDMI cable; otherwise you will need to buy your own. Some high-end players have two HDMI ports which saves consumers with home theater systems that are not 3D compatible the pain of having to upgrade their receiver. All players support 5.1 sound channels and all but a few support 7.1 audio channels when playing blu-ray player discs.

4. Compatibility – Support for different file formats particularly mp3 WMA, DivX and AVI varies among different blu-ray player models. Higher cost players tend to be compatible with a wider variety of formats but it is best to do some research to ensure that the player you purchase will satisfy your playback requirements. Also remember that BD players are region-coded and certain players are designed for certain geographical locations and can only play content that is authorized for that region.

5. Internet features – many blu-ray players are capable of connecting to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet port allowing you to stream video and audio content and even photos from various online sources such as YouTube, Picasa and Pandora among others. Some varieties even allow access to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Some players allow update of firmware over the internet thus increasing their ability to play certain disks. Some game consoles such as Play Station 3 allow users to play a multitude of games online.

6. Reliability– the time it takes your blu-ray player to load and start playback once a disk is inserted should be a major consideration. Also the response time to navigation commands should not be ignored. The best way to know the best performers when it comes to speed is to test the player before you buy it and compare it with other prospective choices. Some players come with more than one disc slots which allows you to change between different disks much quicker.

WHO ARE SOME OF THE MAJOR BLU-RAY PLAYER MANUFACTURERS?

This list is composed mainly of the usual suspects that dominate the electronics industry:

1. Sony – Sony is widely considered the pioneer of blu-ray technology having released the word’s first commercially available BD player( the Sony BDZ-S77) into the Japanese market in 2003. The Sony Play Station 3 gaming console is considered one of the best Blu-Ray handling platform in the market. Other famous models from Sony include:

– The BDP-S5100- this is the latest blu-ray player from Sony and it prides itself in its revolutionary TV side View functionality that introduces a second screen allowing you to view multiple images at the same time.

– The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP-S790 whose most prominent feature is the Ultra  HD up scaling chipset.

2. OPPO – This rather small company prides itself in producing high-end players with highly advanced video-processing technology. All its models are capable of playing all discs including DVD audio discs and SACDs. The most popular model from this company is the OPPO BDP-103 which is ultra-light and has a sleek design. Its performance and functionality is extremely potent compared to other players, the only drawback being its hefty price tag.

3. Samsung – Known for its innovative designs in other electronics niches Samsung hasn’t been left behind in the world of Blu-Ray. Two of its most impressive models are: – Samsung BD-F7500 which has smart TV and 4K upscaling. It runs on a dual-core processor that its Smart Hub and All Share networking apps. Its smart view functionality allows for streaming of videos to smart-phones and tablets.

4. Toshiba – A late entrant into the Blu-Ray player niche owing to its earlier insistence on HD DVDs, Toshiba has finally managed to catch up with other big boys. Its Toshiba BDX 5300 and BDX3300 platforms are some of the most affordable players in the market.

5. Panasonic – It produces mid-priced players that are widely available. Its DMR-BWT735 platform, which is its latest model is renowned for its remote recording functionality and great sound. An app called the Freeview HD TV allows you to connect to the player from anywhere and schedule recordings on the go.

Samsung Monitors

Samsung LED monitors

LED monitors provide the very best in visual display, and Samsung LED monitors tend to lead the market when it comes to providing the best quality in LED quality.

Many computer monitors use LCD monitors and incorporate LED Backlight to enhance the clarity and resolution of the picture, but there are a number of monitors that are pure LED monitors.

Samsung LED Monitors

  1. Take the Samsung FX2490HD 24-Inch HDTV LED Monitor, for example. It is a bit high price for a computer monitor, but the quality of resolution – plus the fact that it has a built-in digital television monitor (meaning that it can act as a stand-alone television with or without a computer hookup) makes it an awesome choice. With just one purchase you can have all your television and computer monitor needs met.
  2. Samsung S27A350H 27-Inch Class LED Monitor Or you may want to consider the Samsung S27A350H 27-Inch Class LED Monitor. While it costs a bit more the S27A350H has a number of impressive features, such as the Eco Saving feature that enables you to control how much energy the monitor consumes, or an ultra-thin profile that means you save on desk space, or the HDMI connectivity for HD video that means that not only are your movies crystal clear, but your game worlds will become larger than life.
  3. Another option would be the Samsung T22A350 22-Inch Class LED HDTV/Monitor Combo. Here is another Samsung product that uses LED technology for crystal clear picture clarity, but looks out for your well-being by enabling you to purchase – one monitor to do the job of both a computer monitor and an HDTV.

No matter what best led monitor model you purchase, you will find that your viewing pleasure is increased by this very latest development in computer monitor technology regardless if you use your monitor mainly for surfing the internet, watching movies and TV, or creating a realistic gaming experience for yourself.

Samsung LCD Monitors

While current technology has built on the LCD techniques to produce LED monitors, which are considered to be better quality and produce a better image, LCD computer monitors are still considerably less expensive than LED monitors, and for the average computer user, an LCD computer monitor can be just as effective as its LED counterpart.

LCD Monitors

  1. Samsung 2333T 23″ Class Widescreen LCD Monitor provides widescreen clarity of image, just a fraction of the cost that a similar size model would cost as an LED monitor. Its high resolution makes it an excellent choice for gamers and general computer users alike.
  2. ViewSonic VA243 1WM 24-Inch Widescreen LCD monitor with Speakers has integrated speakers and full HD resolution, the VA2431WM has an Energy Star 5.0 certification, meaning that it is highly energy efficient. An awesome choice if you are looking to replace a currently owned monitor, this monitor provides a high-quality picture without breaking the bank.
  3. Samsung B2230 22-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is an excellent value and has a wide assortment of features including a MagicEco option that enables you to work at 100%, 75% or 50% brightness and a MagicReturn feature that automatically displays dual monitor content on one monitor when the other is powered down. A lightweight and slim line model, the B2230 adds a touch of class to any décor.
  4. The Samsung P2370HD 23-Inch Full 1080p HDTV LCD Monitor provides full HD capability for those wanting to watch high definition TV or HD games that require ultra quick response time. The clear acrylic neck of this monitor gives it the appearance of floating above the desktop or other surface, and the High Definition Multimedia Interface means that you can hook most any multi-media device into this monitor so as to have all your entertainment options in one location.
  5. If you are looking to get a good all-around monitor without breaking the bank, the Samsung E1920X 18.5-Inch 1360 x 768 5ms 16.7M High Performance LCD Monitor might be just what you are looking for. This monitor may not be the best for video gaming or graphic design work, but it is a good quality display for normal computer usage that will stand up to lots of wear and tear.

Samsung Touch Screen Monitors

A touch screen monitor is a television or computer monitor that can detect the pressure of a touch (either by a finger, or by a stylus) within a specified display area. While more usual with Smartphones or tablet computers, touchscreens are also useful in many settings such as schools, offices, public locations such as libraries and information kiosks as well as for individual use when computer keyboards are not an option.

Touchscreen Monitor

Touchscreens allow the user to interact with the computer directly and to do so without any sort of hand-held device such as a mouse or touchpad. These kinds of screens can be attached to household appliances to enable ease of use, or used in more traditional settings, such as in conference rooms or lecture halls. Some technologies, such as GPS devices and hand-held video games rely on touchscreens to work properly.

The technology that allows touchscreens to work entails layers of glass which, in turn is coated with coated with a transparent conductor that enables the conduction of electrical impulses which in turn detect the location of a ‘touch’ on the screen and relay that information to the computer. Many of these screens are, in turn, coated with various polymers that enable them to stand up to repeated touching without breaking down or becoming jammed.

  1. Samsung 32″ Black LCD Touch Screen is a brilliant piece of work that allows for interactive usage and whose touch-screen technology is state of the art, making it an excellent choice not just for casual users, but for those putting it to use in places like schools or doctor’s offices.
  2. Samsung 400TSN-2 Touchscreen LCD Monitor has a 40 inch monitor that makes it useful for presentations and for situations where a large screen would be more useful (such as in a conference room or lecture hall). The 400TSN-2 may seem pricey, but its benefits far outweigh the cost.
  3. Acer T230H bmidh 23-Inch Wide Touch Screen Display is a touch-activated monitor that offers excellent touch-enabled features through Windows 7. While not as accurate as iPhone screens, the Acer does enable you to see things clearly – and much larger than an iPhone, and doesn’t cost nearly as much as the larger business-style touch screens available through other companies.
  4. Planar PX2230MW Touchscreen 22” LCD Monitor offers a resolution that is unusually clear for touchscreens in general, and monitors of this size in particular. Perfect for smaller, intimate settings, the PX2230MW is excellent for office settings or for individual use where touchscreen technology is preferred.

No matter which touchscreen monitor you choose, know that touchscreens can only enhance your computer use experience and create a more personal computer experience that will put you directly into contact with your computer.