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[Windows] Leawo Blu-ray Player is a promising media player with an elegant interface

e9i6ir [1]Tired of clumsy interfaces of popular Blu-ray media players like CyberLink PowerDVD or ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre? Leawo offers you something different; a minimalistic Blu-ray player that looks gorgeous, Leawo Blu-ray Player for Windows gives you another potential choice!

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Leawo Blu-ray Player is a program for playing Blu-ray, DVD, and videos (including SD and HD).




1ttoaw [2]The first thing you will notice when you open this player is that the interface is absolutely uncluttered unlike PowerDVD or TMT. It feels like Leawo has revisited Windows Media Player with a modern look and capability. Fonts are large enough to read (benefit for older eyes).

I have tested Leawo Blu-ray Player for Windows version # (beta version) in Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. The following types of files were tested:

During playback, the software takes ~ 150 MB of RAM whereas it takes ~ 50 MB in standby mode (your mileage may vary). You can right click to bring the menus (nicely slides in from the right). Menu options are available with keyboard short-cuts. In my opinion, subtitles should have had font position/type/size/color options (I like SPlayer for this reason). However, the most disappointing fact is that BD menu does not appear even if you operate in “Full Navigation Mode”.

I wish this player would play 3D Blu-ray discs, too (including side-by-side, half-over-the-under 3D MKVs). Of course, for stereoscopic 3D playback, you will need proper hardware. For those who are wondering, the following is the configuration of my laptop where this software test has taken place: ASUS G73JW | Intel Core i7-740QM, 1.73GHz | 8GB DDR3 | Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M, 1.5GB | OCZ 120GB SSD + Seagate 500GB Hybrid 7200rpm | 17.3″ FHD/3D | Blu-ray Write | Win7Pro64.

Conclusion and download link

Overall, this is an aesthetically cool Blu-ray media player with an unassuming but great interface that works; the program has promise. However, there is room for improvement; in particular, inclusion of menu, ISO support, and 3D options is mandatory for a modern and competent Blu-ray media player. On top of that, the program is very expensive — $49.95 for a media player. Based on that, I’m finding it hard to recommend this one. Rather, I’ll let you decide if you want this program or not. Properly playing Blu-ray movies is somewhat rare on Windows and the fact that this program works, as per my tests, says a lot. But, as I said, it is expensive. So you decide if you want this program or. For those that want freeware alternatives, check out either DA Player [3] or VLC [4] (you will need to download the unofficial Blu-ray plugin) — both are freeware.

Price: $49.95

Version reviewed: (beta version)

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Download size: 28.9 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45 [5]

Is it portable? No

Leawo Blu-ray Player homepage [6]