Pros 250 gb drive
Pandora, Netflix fast start times
Cons A tad expensive, no mac support
Summary I love this box.USB drive support, streaming great BD picture. No Mac support. Easy wifi set up. Menu is easy to follow. Available at best BuyUpdate: What a POS!!! After the latest online update the unit would do a complete power cycle over and over again, rendering it useless. LG took it back and repaired the unit but obviously didn't test it before returning it to me. I just now hooked it back up and every thing I tried to do with it caused it to shut down. DVD, shut down, network, shut down, apps, shut down.
Updated on Feb 27, 2011
I will not recommend this unit to anyone. Buyer beware!!
Pros Excellent Blue-ray player and streaming quality. Nice line up of Internet based media options (Vudu and NetFlix). Decent remote control. The wireless radio works well.
Cons No way to play a movie purchased from Vudu and then downloaded to the hard drive directly from the player. Poor upscaling quality of regular DVD's.
Summary The Good: Excellent BD picture and sound quality. The wireless networking works well and the rich network media offerings put this unit over the top when compared to other BD Players that do not offer services like Vudu. The wireless networking features were easy to setup and worked as advertised. Streaming 1080p is possible with this unit if you have adequate Internet bandwidth. The remote is useful and even provides buttons that can be programmed to operate other devices in your Home Theatre setup.
The Bad: The Hard Disk implementation is a disappointment and IMHO seriously limits the potential of this unit. I understand that consumers will use the HD functions of this unit for different reasons so my review focuses on my intended usage and subsequent testing so other users may find the HD functions perfectly acceptable.
I purchased Avatar from Vudu in 1080p (HDX) and downloaded it to my LG 590 hard drive. Once the download was complete I attempted to verify that the movie file was on the hard drive using the LG file browser and to my surprise the file did not show up in the file directory. At first I thought the download failed so I reconnected to Vudu and found that you have to play the movie from the Vudu. The quality was great with no streaming issues. As it turns out the file on the hard disk is hidden by design. The rub is that there is no way to play movies downloaded directly from the LG 590! If your internet connection is down you cannot play any of your downloaded movies. Say what?
I contacted LG support and was told that this was intentional by design. OK, I understand that there are copyright and piracy issues at play here but with a little thought and clever programming LG and Vudu could have figured out a way to empower folks who pay the entry price for this machine.
I did not try this test with NetFlix because they have no 1080p content available for download at this time so this may or may not be an issue with content purchased from NetFlix .
The ability to store photos on the hard disk is hampered by the poor Picture Viewer implementation. This may only be an issue with folks like me that have higher end Nikon or Cannon DSLR?s. The LG really has a problem with Color Space and size and I had to down sample and modify .jpeg files so that the 590 could display them correctly.
The Ugly: You cannot backup downloaded media content from your hard drive. If the hard disk goes belly up you are out of luck and the only option is to download/upload your content again. Once again, I understand the piracy issues involved but LG should develop and implement a backup function through the LG interface. I know of at least on competitor that markets a BD player with an internal hard drive and has a simple back up function so LG does not have any excuses for this omission in my book. This is yet another missing feature that precludes folks like me from investing in and building a 1080p media movie library.
Conclusion: A Good Blue-ray offering if you can live with the Bad and the Ugly. I communicated the issues I found to LG. Hopefully LG will provide a software update in the future. If you don?t need the advanced features you are going to love this unit.
Pros I like most of its features, especially access Netflix streaming video.
Cons For some unknown reason (LG customer service won't say), the BD590 does not offer access to Amazon Video on Demand. This is a major drawback for a state-of-the-art Blu-ray player with networking!
Pros WiFi capability, Hard drive
Cons It failed in a very short period of time.
"Poor Quality"on by tummblun
Pros Clear picture.
Cons It was nice for the 3 days it worked.
I save a couple bucks by buying over the internet, but lost more if you count the shipping charges for repair.
Summary Maybe I just go a lemon. LG told me that I have to send it back to the factory in Alabama for repair. Mandatory labor charge of $69.00 upfront by money order only - no local repair. I purchased from Buy-Dig based on the recommendations from CNET. It worked fine for only 3 days. LG said they would send the shipping info and shipping tags to arrive in 1 or two business days. I waited a week and didn't receive anything. I called back and they said they will resend the shipping tags. Still waiting.