A video media playback application for optical disc and file-based content, Leawo Blu-ray Player provides a decent playback experience and is now compatible with the Windows 8 touch interface. Sadly, it lacks several important features.
Sleek interface: Heavily inspired by Windows Media Player, Leawo Blu-ray Player proves to be one of the quickest and nicest to navigate players we've tested. The intuitive settings are just one click away, and we particularly appreciated the audio output activation option through HDMI that made the connection of our laptop to an external TV much easier than with most similar applications.
Fast, region-free Blu-ray playback: Blu-ray reading took no more than 20 seconds, faster than most home theater players.
Good file support: The comprehensive file repertoire includes all mainstream formats. Keep in mind, though, that the resolution is limited to 1080p.
File management: Browsing files is cumbersome, creating playlists is difficult, and digital file organization is practically nowhere to be seen.
Lack of standard disc playback features: 3D Blu-ray playback, BD-Live support, and auto-resume are now all basic features supported by most players; this app's lack of these features is inexplicable. Also, audio CD playback should have been a default feature.
Menu languages: Although localizing the interface should be relatively easy for this kind of app, few languages are supported.
Leawo Blu-ray Player has deep optical disc roots, exhibits strong performance, and sports a satisfactory interface. If the inexplicable lack of key Blu-ray features does not bother you, the annual subscription cost of $39.95 probably will. Still, you may want to give the trial edition a go, since Blu-ray playback is the only function disabled after the 30-day trial period.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Leawo Blu-ray Player 220.127.116.11.
Being the best media player software combo, Leawo Blu-ray Player (http://www.leawo.org/blu-ray-player/) is all-inclusive media player software to play back Blu-ray/DVD disc, audio, common videos and up to 1080P HD videos and audios smoothly on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP in lossless quality. As professional region-free Blu-ray/DVD media player software, Leawo Blu-ray Player could decrypt the latest Blu-ray/DVD discs and play Blu-ray/ DVD discs of all region codes. It could play back Blu-ray discs in AACS, BD+ and the latest MKB protection and play CSS-DVD discs easily. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like AC3, DTS, AAC, multi-channel LPCM, TrueHD or DTS-HD sound), subtitle streams, chapter markers and videos. With various advanced audio decoding technologies like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc. built in, Leawo Blu-ray Player delivers extraordinary audio effect. It could even play back ISO files directly, no extra codecs needed. For better user experience, it provides detailed navigation and full playback control and allows people to adjust subtitles, audio tracks and videos during playback, customize background picture and switch program skins, support multi-languages and multiple screen displays, etc. The Power Manager allows people to protect computer or lattop battery while playing back movies. People could add videos to the internal playlist for continuous movie enjoying. With multi-languages support, Leawo Blu-ray Player could be switched between Dutch, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simplified) and German. With Leawo Blu-ray Player, HD movie enjoyment on Windows would be greatly improved.
What's new in this version:
- Allowed users to manually associate files;
- Fixed partial known bugs.