Holiday gift guide: Best Blu-ray players and recorders

We rate the best Blu-ray players from Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Kogan

The holiday season is almost upon us, which translates to big sales in retail stores around the country. If you want to pick a fancy present that the whole family can enjoy, why not make the leap to Full HD with a Blu-ray player or recorder? Here are our top picks from Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Kogan for 2010.

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Sony Playstation 3 120GB (PS3 Slim)

With its slicker body and reduced price point, the PlayStation 3 Slim is vastly more enticing than its costly predecessor. As Blu-ray players go, it's pretty hard to beat -- and that's before you even factor in the games. If Microsoft claims it's not worried by the new PS3, it needs to take a closer look. One thing's for sure: the console race just got interesting.

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  • 4th Sept., 2009
  • Matt Peckham
  • Sony
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  • Smaller and lighter, quieter and more energy-efficient
  • Cons:
  • Only two USB ports instead of four, still no backwards compatibility for PS2 games
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