" I'm a hard to please customer that has a very understanding local dealer, but still managed to upset them over last weekend. I took home and evaluated 4 3D all in one Blueray HDD recorders from leading manufacturers. With exception to this one, none off them ticked all the boxes. This is the only player that allows you to save to an external USB HDD and then read the contents on another device like a computer, For instance if you transfer the contents of your camcorder to any of the other devices I evaluated it was a one way street. With this device, you can confidently delete the original, and copy it back later, and likewise, if your kids feature in a TV program like mine sometimes do, This is the only device that will allow you to transfer the program to a connected USB HDD or USB Stick and save it on a computer and perhaps write it to a DVD.
The other "must work" for me requirement was the media client server function (DLNA Function). I have about 200+ video programs on a remote computer, The server function that this unit has is second to none. It is both fast in browsing, it gives a number of choices in the way it displays files from program lists to sample program icons. If like me you have too many video files to watch, this one allows you to browse them all with ease. My only grip is that to access it, you have to select "movies" off the main menu, I would have called it "videos"! In the movie sub menu, you can select video files from the internal HDD, an external USB HDD and of course your remote DLNA server. If you try and select a music album in say "my Music" the MP3 will not be visible and you can't see them. You have to go back to the main menu and select "music" first. A slightly annoying "feature" is that when a movie or video file completes, this device automatically goes on and plays the next video file it finds on your server, while this "feature" might be good for music, it would be better if the current video file after completing, terminated and just returned to displaying the current folder so the next video file could be selected as required by the user. pressing the stop key obviously is required to do this.
The ability to to play 3D blueray I haven't evaluated on this unit, Last years LG 3D blue ray player was superb in this area having recently purchased a 2012 LG 3D TV to try it on. I expect this unit will be a perfect match as well. What I have evaluated so far is that this unit, played with ease, a blueray data disk loaded with my entire collection of family videos of my kids growing up with ease. It played them all, It played recorded TST TV program files recorded on my 2011 LG Blueray player with no problems. It played my first blueray disk that I created on a computer that failed to verify at the time I created it. This disk refused to play on one of the other units I evaluated over the weekend but this unit played all of the files without a problem.
Unlike the 2011 LG Blueray unit, this unit has a vast array of accessable internet content to choose from that looks surprisingly similar to my 2012 LG TV's content. I've only played with these features a little, but my impression is that it is to some degree future proof in that its supported by both LG and third party apps. I probably won't use it much until my ISP produces an App that supports its unmetered content. But at least I know If and when my ISP is ready, I can be pretty confident that this unit will support it.
In conclusion....Thank you LG for producing a device that simply works in a way that I want it to work. I would give it 4.5 rather than 5 stars on the basis that build quality doesn't appear as robust as one other unit I looked at, as such, I'm slightly concerned about how long this unit may last before its end of life is reached.