Pittsburgh Post Gazette advises: "If you want a Blu-ray player, get a PS3. It is the fastest, most reliable Blu-ray player available, can be updated to Profile 2.0, and is priced the same as an entry-level Profile 1.0 player. The PS3 has been well supported by Sony and is rock-solid reliable, unlike the competing Profile 1.0 players at the same price. Why would you pay the same $399 for much less? The PS3 isn't just the smart choice for Blu-ray -- it is the only choice. Be sure to get the Blu-ray Disc remote accessory for an additional $25. For your $424 you not only have the best Blu-ray player available, you have one that should be future-proof, as well.
If you got a free Blu-ray Profile 1.0 player as part of an HDTV tie-in deal, you still have a machine that will play movies in glorious high-def; be sure to thoroughly enjoy it. If you are looking to buy a new Blu-ray player go straight to the PS3."