LG BP145 Blu Ray Player Front View.jpgThe LG BP145 Blu-Ray Player can make a great gift this Holiday Season, especially if you were to combine it with a couple of great movies. This player makes it easy because it is small enough to fit in anyone’s system, and very inexpensive so it leaves budget room to add a movie or two. It is a brand-name LG product and comes with some decent features.

Although media streaming and Smart TV’s have rapidly taken off, there still is a big place for Blu-Ray players. The quality of Blu-Ray discs is superior to regular DVD’s and they are a convenient way to see blockbuster movies, especially ones you might want to see more than once or share with others. With the cost of a Blu-Ray player like the LG BP145 so low, it is easy to put it into your entertainment arsenal.

Although it is hard to buy a music CD these days, Blu-Rays are still aplenty and there are some great titles to choose from. For some great action-adventure movies there is Guardians of the Galaxy, Hercules, Maleficent, or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These movies are loads of fun to watch and will show off the quality of Blu-ray nicely with their high-action and special effects. But there is a great selection for kids too, like Frozen or Harry Potter Hogwart’s Collection to name just a couple. The Harry Potter collection is a 31-disc set that will keep the munchkins happy for a long time.

In case you were wondering, Best Buy has over 2,600 Blu-Ray movie selections to choose from. Thankfully they have sorted them into different types, price ranges, release dates, and a few other ways to filter the selections so you are sure to find something that will appeal to you.

The Small Player that Really Could

This LG BP145 Blu-Ray player is a fairly popular because of its size and price, both of which are pretty small. It’s a very good value machine because even though it isn’t loaded with tons of features, it has the most important ones for a Blu-Ray player. It will play standard DVDs and will upscale them automatically to improve the picture quality and colour. It even has backward capability so you can play the older DVDs in your collection. That’s because it will support the entire range of file formats, pretty well any that you can think of.

LG BP145 Blu Ray Player Front.jpgAnother important feature is a USB port so you can connect an external storage device to play any stored media content you have. It will not just play movies, but music and photos as well. You can even plug an external hard drive into the USB port and use that to store all your favorite movies. The USB port is conveniently located in the front along with a power button and eject button. Looking on the back of the unit, connectivity is pretty limited with only one HDMI port. However, that is all that most of us will really need unless you want to start connecting it to multiple devices. 

This player is not a media-streaming device like some other Blu-Ray players you will find, so it doesn’t have WiFi either. It also doesn’t have 3D capabilities, but that is only useful if you have a 3D TV with all the glasses. Sure, you can get those added features, but you will also pay an added price. So for a good player from a brand name like LG, who know how to make consumer electronics this is a very good buy. Happy shopping!

Tom Brauser
I love to try new technologies and I have a practical approach to techie stuff - it has to be easy to use and make my life better. I have my house fully wired, with a surround sound system in my family room for music and TV viewing, but also drive music throughout the house as well as outdoors. I Internet stream content on all my devices at home, which provides a huge variety of entertainment to enjoy.