Pros / It is free, offering full functionality and controls.
Cons / It has no HD or 3D upscaling capacity.
Verdict / While it has ads and lacks some small features, it is widely compatible and has all the major audio and video functionality of paid players.
The Leawo Blu-ray Player is terrific freeware that lets you play DVDs, Blu-ray discs and digital video files. It doesn't dominate your computer's CPU, letting you multitask without lag, and it's easy to use. Various customization options help you make the player yours and enhance your movie sessions.
Whether you prefer Mac OS X or the later versions of Windows, you can use Leawo's video player. It is also compatible with a wide variety of digital file types as well as more traditional physical discs, including rewritable discs.
Overall, the video player works well and is easy to use. It has a fairly clean and simple interface. During testing, we were impressed with how little CPU it took to run, averaging about 4 percent. It starts playing digital files quickly and takes just 14 seconds to load a DVD or Blu-ray disc. Though it lacks the ability to upscale standard-definition flicks to HD or 2D movies to 3D, it still packs a punch with its lossless audio capacity and its Dolby and DTS audio support.
Because the video player is free, you have to deal with an occasional ad. However, during our thorough testing session, we only encountered one ad the first time we used it, and it was skippable. As you watch videos, you can connect with various social media sites with the click of a button to share what you're currently watching and post a comment. It also has BD-Live functionality, letting you access the internet to see special features on Blu-ray discs. For further personalization, you can customize the player skin.
With the various options for adjusting the picture and sound of your video, you can optimize your movie-watching experience. The auto-resume playback lets you continue watching your movie wherever you left off, and subtitles help you watch foreign films. You can also change regions if needed.
You can conserve your laptop battery life while having a movie marathon, thanks to the power manager. With its Windows 8 integration, you can also enjoy this movie player software via touchscreen interface if you have a compatible computer.
You can depend on Leawo's customer support to help you with any questions or issues you have with the software. Its representatives are available via email, in case you'd like to talk to them directly. If you'd rather research your questions or issues independently, you have a few other options, such as the FAQs page, tutorials and a community forum where you can interact with fellow users.
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Though it lacks upscaling and the option for you to customize the output for a certain environment, such as a home theater, the Leawo Blu-ray Player is terrific software. It's versatile in video and audio playback options, and its operating system and media compatibility is impressive. Because it is free, you'll encounter ads on it, but it's still a great tool to help you enjoy a variety of movies on your laptop at any time.