Kogan Blu-ray Player Full HD 1080P
A great value Blu-ray player.
- Clean interface, great picture quality, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD support, great up-scaling
- Lacks Profile 2.0
Even though competing players are dropping in price, Kogan’s unit under-cuts them while still offering perfectly acceptable build quality, a clean interface and great image quality.
Price$ 249.00 (AUD)
Kogan is a company that prides itself on offering low prices on popular consumer products while still delivering all the features and support of products from better-known companies. The company's Blu-ray player is a great product — fast, quiet and trouble-free.
Like most players on the market, it is unobtrusive without being boring. All necessary control buttons are integrated into the fascia, while a simple LCD display gives information about the disc currently playing.
There are no long waits for discs to read or for trays to open; Kogan’s unit is one of the fastest we’ve tested. Gone are the days where you could switch on your player, walk away and make popcorn before the movie was ready to play — though whether this is a good or a bad thing depends on your junk food habits. It’s quiet, too, with the disc tray mechanism and the drive motor almost inaudible in normal conditions.
There is no shortage of connectors. As well as stereo and 5.1 analog audio there are also coaxial and optical outputs for the cable-conscious. Video is equally diverse, with composite, S-Video and component analog outputs. The full Blu-ray experience requires an HDMI-capable television: 1080p is available over the HDMI 1.3 port.
All the top-level audio formats can be decoded, from regular Dolby Digital all the way to DTS-HD. This puts the player ahead of entry-level units from companies like Sony and Samsung — which are $100 and $150 more expensive, respectively.
When it comes down to navigating through menus the interface is surprisingly polished and intuitive for a budget unit.
Both 24 and 60 frame playback modes are supported, so you can select from smooth or film-like playback. We gave the Kogan unit a run through The Guardian and Pearl Harbor to check image quality and came away impressed. There were no problems with colour balance or image tearing and there was none of the jaggedness and aliasing that was apparent with the Olin OBDP-1000. In addition, it’s possible to enable region-free playback on the unit with just a little remote control trick. This makes the player a fantastic choice if you have a collection of Blu-ray movies from overseas sources.
In addition, there’s some nifty up-scaling of regular DVDs, which lends video a smooth, warm character. Playback is not as spectacular as native Blu-ray discs but it’s still superior to regular DVD resolution, breathing another few years of life into any collection.
If there was one flaw we could find in the Kogan player it would be a lack of Profile 2.0 compliance. Not that this matters to the vast majority of users, but some of the newest Blu-ray discs have exclusive online content that only Profile 2.0 players can access. If you want the latest and greatest you’ll need to get a player that’s significantly more expensive — and we just don’t think it’s worth the extra outlay. [Update: the Kogan Blu-ray Player Full HD 1080P now supports Profile 2.0 at no additional cost: read our updated review here].
Brand loyalty (or snobbery) aside, Kogan’s Blu-ray player punches as hard as almost any other unit on the market. With the addition of such an enticing price-tag, it comes highly recommended.
Join the newsletter!
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Apple iMac Pro
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Ballistix Sport AT
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Toys for Boys
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Tivoli PAL BT
ESET Internet Security
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
ESET Smart Security Premium
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
Technology is revolutionising the way we do things and that includes in the kitchen where a wealth of must-have gadgets and appliances are the making life easier for home cooks.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Hisense talk up VIDAA U3.0 AI smart TV OS ahead of CES 2019
- Telstra customers can now add the Kayo app to their account
- Streaming service delivers over 50 sports live and on demand for Aussie fans
- JBL introduces JRPOP Ultra Portable Speaker
- Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp is now available
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Oppo R17 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Google Pixel 3 XL review: Ghost in the machine
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies