Beginners Guide to Buying a New Computer

With everyone being so reliant on computers to perform all sorts of tasks like, video editing, image creation, house design, data storage, emailing, social media, conferencing or even just chatting to a friend on the other side of the world, it’s important to know what type of computer and accessories you will need before you make a purchase.

So many of us are not too sure where to start, when it comes to buying a new PC. We rely either on what someone else has told us or on what the computer sales person tells us.

This article with provide you with some helpful tips on purchasing a PC and accessories that will meet your requirements and help prevent you falling prey to pushy sales people.

Misinformed

By not knowing what your computer requirements are and what you should buy, puts you at a disadvantage and at the mercy of some salespeople who just want to make a sale, regardless of whether it meets your need or not. Therefore, being none the wiser we tend to accept what we are being told as gospel, only to find out later on that we have been misinformed.

Extra Costs

You hear stories of people who have just bought a computer based on someone’s say so, only to discover later on that they need to purchase something extra. For example, a software trial program that came with the PC needs to be purchased because the trail version has expired.

Trial versions usually last for 60 days after which you need to purchase a license to continue to use it. Most first PC buyers are not told that they will need to purchase a software license when the trials run out. MS Office and Antivirus trial software are usually the two main programs that come already installed on a new PC.

As a side note, you can save some money by downloading a free MS Office look-alike program such as OpenOffice that does all that MS Office does and downloading a free antivirus program, such as AVG.

I recommend that you purchase a retail version of an antivirus program that includes a firewall. The firewall helps protect your computer from hackers and programs that try to gain access to your computer while connected to the internet. A firewall acts like a security fence.

Checklist

1) Note down what you would like to be able to do with your new computer, e.g., browse the internet, send email, chat with and view live video of distant family and friends, type up letters, play homemade videos, play music, print out photos, etc.

2) Ask family or friends to see if anyone can recommend a good computer store or a good brand of PC they have personally used and have had a good run from.

3) If you have a computer savvy friend ask them to accompany you to help you with your PC purchase.

4) Take your time; it is your money you are spending. Ask a lot of questions. Do not let any salesperson sell you what they want, but purchase what you want according to your checklist. Get them to answer your questions in non-technical language.

Be assertive but polite. If a salesperson can’t be bothered to take the time to explain things to you and answer your questions, then find another salesperson or store that will.

5) Ask what the best price is and what extras are they prepared to throw in.

Selection

Your selection criteria will be based on the following.

A quality brand, one that is well-known and has been around for a while e.g. Asus, Dell, HP or a well-known, locally assembled brand.

My recommended minimum requirements for a PC for basic usage based on current technology is as follows.

Intel I 5 2.3X GHz or I 7 2.8X GHz CPU (The speed of the processor)

750GB Hard Drive (The amount of internal storage)

4GB Ram (The amount of memory)

Graphics Card 1GB Ram

Combo CD/DVD/Blue Ray Burner

Keyboard/Mouse

Speakers

Bluetooth

Ethernet port

USB ports (at least 6)

20″ LCD Monitor PC

Windows 7 Operating system

Antivirus Software 1 year license (if possible)

One that has a warranty of 1 to 3 years, preferably 3 years. If it is not too expensive, purchase an extended warranty if the PC only comes with a 1 year warranty. Check what the warranty covers and if it comes with an on-site or return to base warranty.

An on-site warranty is where the service technician comes out to your house to service your computer. This removes the hassle of having to disconnect your computer system, and take it into the service center for service. Though it is more convenient for you to have an on-site warranty, it is not essential, just as long as you have a warranty cover of some sort.

Check if the computer repairs are performed locally or does the computer have to be sent away. If it has to be sent away, inquire as to what the repair turnaround time usually is.

It is much better to purchase a computer that has a local service center, as the repair turnaround time should be a lot shorter. It also has the advantage of you being able to deal with the service center personally if you have any issues, as opposed to dealing with a call center by phone in another part of the country or overseas.

Extras

If you want to do email, chat and view the family via the internet or printout letters, then you will need to purchase additional hardware items, such as a web camera, an inkjet or laser printer, a broadband modem and a broadband package for internet use.

Web cameras are not expensive, so purchase a good quality one. A good entry-level inkjet or laser printer these days are not expensive either, but one important thing to find out before you buy a printer is the cost of its consumables i.e. ink cartridges for the inkjet printer and the laser cartridge and drum for the laser printer. Inquire also, as to what is the average cost per page for black printing and color printing as some printer consumables are not cost-effective to use.

Setup

If you do not have anyone to help you setup your new computer, then you will have to get a PC technician to call round and setup your computer, printer, email and broadband. Before you do this though, inquire around to get the best rate and see if they can give you an estimate of the time and cost involved.

Protection

Finally, you will need to protect your new PC, printer and modem from the possibility of electrical damage by purchasing a good quality surge/spike protector.



Developing Your Business Plan

Most individuals who want to open their own retail business or internet business need to approach a lender to secure financing. For your request to be successful, you need to have a very powerful business plan. The more detailed your business plan is, the more it shows the lender that you are dedicated to following through on your project. It also shows you have the skills to work through all the aspects of your business including day to day operations and long term plans.

Don’t make the mistake of simply going in to talk to your lender without a business plan in hand. To make it easy to read, you need to have it divided up into sections. Together, the sections of your marketing plan are going to discuss what your product or service is, who your target market is, how you plan to reach them, and the estimated profits and expenses for the next five years. Simply place it all in a binder or clear cover to make it look more professional.

The first part of the business plan needs to be your introduction. It needs to be short, but also very powerful. If the lender isn’t impressed with the introduction, they may decide not to finish reading what you have to offer. This is the perfect place to include information about your skills, desires, and motivations for operating your own business.

The next part of your business plan needs to discuss your target market. This section needs to be very detailed. Make sure it covers why you think there is a need for your product or service, how you will reach your target market, and discuss each of your marketing strategies in detail. It is very important that you have at least two distinct marketing strategies in your business plan.

In this section you will also discuss the elements of your product or service. It needs to include the cost of making it, how much you plan to sell it for, and how you will distribute it. All of your prices need to be as accurate as possible. This shows the lender that you have been doing your homework and that you have a realistic idea of the profits and expenses involved in the business.

Your lender is going to want to find out how your business is going to be operated, and this information goes next. Include all the information about the internal structure of your business. You also need to include information on the equipment necessary to operate your business in this section.

Think about any consultants, marketing agencies, employees, managers, etc. that you will be incorporating into your business. Try to get as accurate of a dollar amount associated with these operating expenses as you can.

Your financial plan for the business is the next section of your business plan. This needs to include projected income and expenses over a five year period. You will need to provide information on how you came up with the figures used. It is a good idea to use conservative figures in your business plan when it comes to income. If you make more that is wonderful, but don’t overshoot your profits.

I suggest that you include risks that can increase your expenses and lower your profits in this section as well. It is not required, but your lender will already be thinking of the risk factor involved with your business venture. By outlining some of them as well as how you will handle them, you show the lender you are willing to take that risk and that you understand some of the challenges you may face on the road to having a successful business.

The last section is to be a brief summary of everything including in your business plan. Focus on the positive aspects of it in this area of the business plan. This is the last information the lender will read so you need it to be convincing.

Writing a successful business plan is going to take you time, but it will be a very valuable tool for securing funding for your business. Try to include as many details in your business plan as possible. It is a good idea to get a friend or family member to read through it before you see the lender.

They may have questions about particular areas, and this gives you a chance to make any changes to the business plan. Don’t forget to include your personal views in your business plan. This is the best way to allow your passion and motivation for operating your own business to shine through.



Doctor Who – Sci-Fi’s Longest Running Television Series Ever!

Back in 1963 when the first episode of Doctor who aired on BBC television in the United Kingdom, who would have thought that this small budget science fiction series would become the longest running science fiction series of all time and eventually have several spin-offs? The success and popularity of Doctor Who over the years has simply been amassing!

Today in all the mayor English speaking countries most people will have at least heard of Doctor Who. The countries where Doctor Who has been most successful are the United Kingdom, New Zeeland, Australia and the United States. There exist totally dedicated fan groups in all these countries, most are accessible via the World Wide Web. The web has become one of the best places to access the Doctor Who world, with 100s of dedicated websites about anything from simple Doctor Who news and episode reviews to props collecting and other merchandise!

The fan base for Doctor Who, after it’s around 44 years is considerable; as a result there exist literarily 100s of fan made episodes even some films. On the Would Wide Web you can find pages that list lots of the episodes.

The BBC in response to Doctor Who’s popularity, expanded the series to radio and to Audio book. The radio was used as a way to allow some of the past Doctors to play the role once more, in totally new stories written especially for radio and later made available in audio book format. Doctor Who audio books, in addition to covering radio episodes, have also covered lots of the old original episodes, lost episodes, the new Doctor Who series and Torchwood and even episodes written exclusively for audio book! The first ever Doctor Who audio books were available to the public in the mid seventies on tape and LP, now days there are currently over 50 titles available!

Most of the first Audio books were in simple doctor who soundtrack form from the original television series with linking narration by the Drs., but due to there popularity it wasn’t long before the BBC were bringing out the radio episodes and the original audio book episodes. More recently the BBC has been taking the opportunity to use the audio book format as a way of preserving the lost television episodes by making them available to the public once more. They have also just recently been bringing out audio books for the new series and Torchwood. Doctor who soundtrack audio books are the most economical with prices for downloadable versions as low as 13 $!

But the BBC haven’t been the only ones making Doctor Who audio books, there is also a company named big finish who have for some time now been making their own audio books with original content!

Now it’s up to the likes of the new doctor who series and the two Doctor Who spin-offs, “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures” to live up to doctor who’s incredibly successful past. So far it would appear that they are on the right track as the shows are proving to be very popular indeed with episodes being broadcast all over the globe.



Water Fuel Cars – Are They Useful?

Many consumers & companies across the world are looking for alternate options to fuel their vehicles. Since so many people are affected by the price hike in fuels, running a car by water as its fuel can be a simple solution. The whole world is facing a fuel crisis. This is not only attributed on the price grounds but also lead to environmental hazard. The high price of the fuel and several other damages to the Mother Nature is a matter of concern for many.

Current price of fuel can be easily tackled with a water fuel car which is quite cheap. Newspapers,   TV  and other  media  have been sending out the awareness message to people about the rising financial crisis and increase in the fuel costs. Many people in this world need cars for their everyday life. But, because of the price hike in fuels, maintaining the car expenses seem to be a major concern.

If it is possible to make the cars to run on water as its fuel on a mass scale then it can suitably solve a lot of financial problems for the people. Not everyone is aware by the water fuel cars and thus they lose a lot from the existing system that makes them spend more than they can afford. Oil companies have lobbied since a long time and have controlled the oil prices in the market. If water fuel cars are manufactured, then the people will have the freedom to decide. Moreover, this alternative source will definitely lower the demand for fuel which can alternatively lead to decline in oil prices.

Since water fuel cars will benefit the people as well as the environment, many people actually favor this option. In the changing world scenario, it is important that this eco-friendly product is launched in the market. Moreover, a product with environmental benefit will tend to gain popularity much faster if it is also cheaper as compared to existing technology. It is a great opportunity for any company to launch a car that runs on water fuel as it will not only generate huge number of sales but also paves way to innumerable kudos and accolades.



2020: The New Era of Advertising!

Remember! the advertising slogans ‘Hamara Bajaj’, ‘ I Love You Rasna’, ‘I am a complan boy’, ‘Sabki Pasand Nirma’… that still ring in our ears!

If you grew up in the 90s, then you must remember all the above slogans or jingles… More than you enjoyed watching your favourite program, you looked forward to the advertisements that came as fillers. Now, the question arises here that will we be still engrossed with the ads in 2020 too?

Year 2020, will be known as the new era where words like TV, newspaper or radio would mean nothing. In 2020, it is presumed that everything is going to be digital. You must be having few queries like, what will the advertising industry look like then? Who will be running the ad or media agencies? Will media buying be totally automated? Hope going through the article would make you understand about the digital age.

Though, the world of advertising has altogether misunderstood what the digital age means, here are a few warnings –

• Audience will be more advanced: Ads of 2020 will be created according to the audience motion. This will also lead into the feature, in which audiences will be able to choose outcomes at key moments in the ad films.

• Buyers will be more techie: Without any doubt, the buyers of the future will have a formal background in predictive analytics. Increasingly, with so much data to process, human buyers will be assisted by virtual agents.

• Fewer media sellers: By 2020, the majority of ad deals will be struck silently inside of machines. Remember 1960’s ‘Mad Men’, the practice of large teams of junior sellers hitting the streets and pitching banner ads to agencies will be dated in the same way. However, by the year 2020 there will be a period drama or ad movie based on the online ad industry circa 2004, which will be rather more humorous.

• Target people over the age of 40: The first objective of any ad maker is to select the target audience. By 2020, the banner ad is going to be 25 years old and the business will be mature in more ways than one. For example – Surfing the Web will seem as quaint as reading a physical newspaper today. So by keeping the target audience in mind, ads of 2020 is going to be more unique and simple, but with more humor.

• Agents, Clouds and Screens: This is for sure that, by 2020 the media industry is going to be moved to cloud-based computing platforms. A few of these platforms will also become dominant and also manage most of the screen-based buying too. Screens will come in all shapes and sizes and it will help our clients and audience to get to see ads in a large view screen with high definition. Also augmented reality software will offer new kinds of advertising opportunities too. Last but not the least, virtual agents will increasingly become a part of our personal and professional lives.



7 Reasons For Retailers to Use In-Store Video

Given that 75% of buying decisions are made once a shopper is in the store, it is understandable how interacting with the customer at the point of sale can dramatically increase sales.

In-store video allows retailers to stimulate brand recall, counteract advertising campaigns by competitors and make the shopper feel good about their brand purchase.

Here are seven reasons why savvy retailers are implementing in-store video displays at the point of sale:

  1. Shoppers actually appreciate in-store video displays. In the Arbitron Retail Media Study (2006), 78% of consumers believed that in-store video displays that feature product or sale information are helpful. In fact, 81% of consumers said that they were interested in seeing in-store video promotions that included sales and specials (81%), product information (72%) and special events (68%).
  2. Unplanned purchases increase by around 30%. Various research studies have uncovered that consumers who stop to watch the digital retail screens have decided to purchase the showcased product on the spot.
  3. Spend increases by an average of 10%. Research by Mintel has found that consumers in retail outlets with in-store video displays spend an average of 10% more money.
  4. Digital signage introduces a ‘wow’ factor that engages, supports branding, helps the customer at the point of sale and most importantly, brings fun into the equation. Of course, don’t expect this to be a long term factor when the rest of the market starts using in-store video displays.
  5. It’s highly flexible. In-store video displays allow products to be advertised in an instant. For example, if it’s raining outside, change the marketing message to a special on umbrellas. Different stores can also run different ads for the same product to evaluate which ad is more successful at lifting sales.
  6. It interacts with the customer. Companies are finding that transferring the 30 second standard television ad onto a retail television network can have lukewarm results. However, ads that are targeted to the retail environment, help the customer make a decision and engage have the power to heighten sales.
  7. It improves brand recall. A study by Nielsen found that the average recall of a brand advertised on Wal-Mart’s in-store television network is a staggeringly high 66% compared to around 15-25% for brands advertised in other media.

The Arbitron Study also found that if given a choice 42% of shoppers would prefer to shop at a store that has video displays.

In-store video has the power to engage with customers, alert them about new products, special offers and provide a relevant and helpful shopping experience. Any retailer who wants to cut through the clutter and create a more meaningful dialogue with their consumers needs to seriously consider in-store television advertising as part of their media spend.



What Online Video Are You Watching?

Many internet gurus are labeling this time in history as the age of Web 2.0. This state denotes the loss of inhibitions, and the use of the Internet is a new media free speech. In Web 2.0, everyone has their own virtual counterparts online, everyone reaches out to each other online, and everyone can use the internet to communicate their unique ideas.

The new internet model has also ushered in the age of online videos, where sites such as Google videos and YouTube cater to the common human element to make one’s voice heard, as well as to peer into the lives and experiences of others. Online videos can take on various forms depending on their content..

Blog videos are personal online videos that involve an individual or groups of people talking to a camera and recoding eventsdocumenting experiences through a host of video choices. Other blogs will involve capturing experiences, similar to a diary style for other people to watch . Some blogs will involve posting pictures, along with captions still in the style of a diary for other people to view online.

Trailers or previews of up and coming movies have long been available online for avid movie watchers to see again and again. Directors and producers have taken this a step further by creating internet promotional blogs, where directors relay their stepson the web or present scenes for movie watchers to watch and judge.

It can be hard to always watch your favorite news programs or shows if you are busy at the office and return late at night. Some TV production companies have now come up with streaming video, which can allow you to catch up with the shows online.

Streaming video includes news segments of a show, or the show itself live through your Internet browser or media player. Streaming video works best with fast internet connections, as internet traffic can often interfere with the quality of video playback.

Several sites now offer videos for download, so those with slower internet connections can use a different alternative to solve the difficulty of keeping up with a streaming video. Video files, however, can take a long time to download. They will be improved quality than streaming video, as they can be viewed at the user’s own convenience. Streaming videos can often be grainy or pixellated depending on the bandwidth of the site and the number of people watching the video at the same time.

Porn sites were offering online videos before anyone, usually for a fee and catering to the voyeuristic tendencies of users who access such sites. Pornographic online videos have long been circulated on the Internet and may be downloaded from different sites without warning as to their contents. If you are guardian or parent to young children, then you may want to closely monitor your child’s online habits since pornographic videos are so replete and abundant.Your child may be a victim long before you are aware of it.

Online videos may also be classified according to the fee that should be paid before they can be viewed. Some online videos may be offered entirely for free and belong to certain sites that allow everyone to post their videos. As a result, there are many videos to choose from with varying degrees of quality. Take a look around YouTube or Google Video to see what is available in online video.

Parts of online videos may be offered for free, with the entire video available for a fee. Other online videos may also be offered in whole for free, but with very low resolution and quality, while the high quality video will be offered for a fee. Yet other online videos can be viewed only when they are purchased. These videos will often be excellent quality, and may take longer to download. There is also a growing number of training videos to show you how tomake online videos.

The world of Web 2.0 is a place of free expression but is also more susceptible to the dangers of unedited, uncensored free speech. If you are interested in viewing online videos, look for them at reputable sites and do not chose to purchase anything unless you absolutely need the video and are convinced of the source’s trustworthiness.



Tips For Using a DVD VHS Combo Player

If you enjoy watching movies on your DVD player but still have movies and other events that you purchased or taped on VHS cassettes, a DVD VHS combo player will solve all your problems. There will no longer be a need to have two separate players so you will be saving space and simplifying the process of hooking up two different devices to your television set. Actually, some people have a TV that only offers ports for one device so if you are one of those people, you can now enjoy the pleasures of DVD and VHS playing. There will be no more double the messy wires to contend with, and with only one player most of the wires can be hidden behind your DVD VHS combo player.

You will also save money with having to only purchase one device. The advances in technology continue to simplify life for the consumer – both financially and in terms of ease of use and space.

There are some tips for ensuring that you get the best quality combo that will give you all the features you are looking for including versatility. When it comes to Signal to Noise Ratio this will determine the quality of the audio sound. You will have better sound quality if the decibel rating is higher. DAC stands for Digital to Analog Conversion. This is important for playing your DVDs as it converts the digital signal to an analog signal that the TV will be able to use. Therefore, you will want a good DAC rating. Front Panel Inputs save you the trouble of reaching around to the back of the device to plug in other media or devices. Input/Output is the type of DVD and analog signals that your DVD VHS combo player can read and transmit to the television.

The Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK DVD VHS combo player offers superb recording and playback of both DVD and VHS tapes. This player will easily transfer VHS taped material to DVD with just the push of two buttons – it does not get much easier than that. Copying from DVD to VHS is very simple as well, although that is probably something that most people will not need to do. The combo comes with four recording modes for DVDs. The XP setting is considered the best quality and it will record an hour of content; the SP mode will record for two hours and users seem to feel that they see no difference in the quality of the two modes. Four hours can be recorded in the LP setting and eight hours can be recorded in the EP setting, but quality does suffer in these modes. VHS tapes can be recorded at three different speeds: SP, EP and VP with SP being the best.

There are other great DVD VHS combo players available, for example, there is the Sony RDR-VX560, the JVC DR-MV150B, the Toshiba DVR670 and the Samsung DVD-VR375A to name a few. It would be wise to do an online comparison of these combos to ensure that the DVD VHS combo player you purchase will give you all the features you are looking for in this device that will definitely double your entertainment pleasure!



Interior Decorating Trends Geared Toward Pets – 4 Design Concepts

When planning to redesign your living space, it’s not just about making it a comfortable place for yourself, your friends, and your family. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) touts that 63 percent of all U.S. households that own a pet are drastically incorporating interior designs that are pet-friendly. In fact, many interior designers ask the homeowner if one or more pets will also occupy the space before colors and fabrics are even considered.

It appears that the pet-friendly interior design trend will be around for a long time. It used to be that people only thought about pet-proofing their living spaces to keep the area safe for their furry friends. Now, however, more and more animal lovers are choosing to incorporate fabrics that are pet friendly, as well as choosing building materials that are eco-friendly.

If you want to be part of this pet-friendly design trend, while still maintaining an awesome-looking home that’s practical, comfortable and makes you and your pet happy, here are four decorating concepts to consider.

1. Designing your space with color

Before you get ready to take the plunge with reds and turquoise as your fabric or wall color choices, perhaps you might want to match your furniture’s fabric with the color of your pet’s fur.

By matching your dog’s or cat’s black fur with black fabric for the furniture, you’ll conceal the animal’s hair that tends to accumulate on your precious furnishings. Likewise, if you have a multi-colored cat or dog, you might wish to choose a patterned fabric that will blend in with the animal’s coloring. If you have a white-haired critter, you probably don’t want to choose a chocolate brown fabric for the sofa or chair.

2. Selecting the best flooring for humans and pets

When creating the interior for your living space, you have many choices when it comes to flooring. You could choose tile, hardwoods, ceramic, synthetics, marble, stone, or carpeting.

Selecting a floor covering when you own a pet can be quite tricky, so you’d do well to discuss your options with a knowledgeable interior designer. Definitely you will want something that’s resistant to stains, bacteria, and odors. Remember, too, that pets can easily scratch and damage hardwood floors.

If you’re leaning toward carpeting, rug manufacturers have a vast selection of materials that are designed specifically for pets and their owners. Another option that we don’t see as often, but is becoming quite popular in new home designs are concrete floors that are treated and stained to match the color scheme; a great pet-friendly alternative.

3. Designing with clean lines and no clutter

When designing the rooms for your pet-friendly home, you can streamline the look by eliminating small art objects, tiny picture frames, decorations, or candles that might get in the way of a dog’s swishing tail, or a feline’s fanciful steps.

Accent pieces are best when kept to a minimum, and when you consider the activities of your family, along with your pet’s playfulness, a clutter-free design that’s well-thought out will prove to be another smart design decision for many years.

4. Choosing fabrics for your furniture

Rather than hiding your furniture’s fabric under a slipcover to protect it from your pet’s everyday activities, you might want to choose a sofa, sectional, or chairs that have a natural fiber that’s easy to clean and doesn’t show stains or retain odors.

Another option that’s inexpensive is to choose ultrasuede microfiber fabric that you can have treated with a product that will protect the fabric for a year or more before you would have to apply another application. In addition, you can consult with an interior designer, and ask him if he has pets and how he designed his own spaces at home.



Bestselling Blu-Ray Players – Part Two

Rounding out the bestselling Blu-ray Players are a combination of entry-level players to the more high-end players. All offer a great value for their cost. Featuring 3D capability, Online Streaming Media Services, DVD up-scaling, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, BD-Live, Bonus View, Wi-Fi, universal playback and excellent images and Audio. Among them are award-winning Blu-ray Players that should appeal to many first time buyers (LG BD530) or for those looking to beef up their Home Entertainment Center (OPPO BDP-93). Either one will be a fine addition and provide hours of enjoyment.

Panasonic DMP-BDT100 Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

Like Panasonic’s DMP-BDT300 and DMP-BDT350 players, the DMP-BDT100 provides excellent 2D and 3D image quality (1920 x 1080 full-HD image to each eye) and superior audio (Internal decoding and bit-stream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential). The player is able to reproduce your movies the way the filmmaker intended. It also has VIERA Cast Internet entertainment/applications, which can be access via a wired or wireless LAN connection. Other features include True to Cinema Picture Quality, PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, New P4HD Enhanced Full HD Up-sampling and Adaptive High Precision 4:4:4. Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $250.00

LG BD530 1080p Network Blu-ray Disc Player

The BD530 provides you with stunning Full HD 1080p video resolution and internal audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential. You also get online streaming entertainment such as YouTube, Picasa and AccuWeather. The BD530 will give you access to BD-Live content and can up-scale standard DVDs to 1080p, making your old DVD collection look better than ever before. All these great features for an unbelievable low price. The LG BD530 player is one of the finest entry-level players available. Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $120.00

Samsung BD-C5900 1080p 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

Samsung is committed to 3D and bringing us the best 3D Entertainment possible to our living rooms. With the BD-C5900 3D player you get clear and sharp detailed images through Samsung’s innovative 3D technology. Of course you it can still play standard 2D discs, DVDs and CDs as well. It provides access to Internet(at)  TV  Content Service, which brings you the best of online streaming  media  services (Netflix). The player is Wireless Lan-‘Ready’ (Wireless LAN adapter is not included, does have an Ethernet port for wired connections) and DLNA capability for streaming videos from your computer to your TV via the AllShare feature. Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $150.00

OPPO BDP-93 Universal Network 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

Oppo’s BDP-93 is an award-winning player, having been named one of the Products of the Year by Electronic House. The BDP-93 is a Universal player with playback of Blu-ray, DVD, CD, Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio, and support for a host of digital files. Has excellent images and sound quality regardless of what type of media is being played. Other features include Network Streaming (Netflix or Blockbuster on Demand), Wireless N, eSata, USB port, Dual HDMI 1.4 Outputs, IR and RS232 Control and 2nd Generation Qdeo Video Processing. All this adds up to one of, if not the best player available right now. Price you should look for when purchasing — $499.99

Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Named the Best Budget Buy player by The Testing Group (TTG), the Panasonic DMP-BD65 offers an array of great features, while costing far less than its competitors. The player has an ultra-fast two second start-up speed, BD-Live/BonusView functionality, Panasonic’s VIERA Cast Internet entertainment/applications, an Ethernet Port, is Wi-Fi ‘Ready’ (DY-WL10 wireless LAN adapter is not included) and includes a USB Port and SD Card Slot (DivX and AVCHD support). Add to this; excellent image and sound quality, Panasonic’s commitment reduce power consumption and an effort to be more energy efficient, the DMP-BD65 is easily considered by most experts to one of the best players around. Price you should look for when purchasing — $150.00

Look for Part One for the rest of the best selling Blu-ray Players….