We finally come to the conclusions and assessment of this player. Frankly, I don’t see much improvement in this new edition. Menu access is very much hit or miss, mostly miss. And the player is terrible with my equipment when using hardware acceleration.
The gaping hole in playback capability of ripped Blu-ray folders has not been addressed.
If this was a completely free player, I would encourage people to try it. Leawo is, of this date, offering a free download of the program for a very limited time, but it comes without future updates. In its present state, that’s not much of a bargain if you need a program that will play menus.
If you only need something that will play the main movie, its not such a bad choice, as the picture and sound have been very good since I switched to software rendering. Your equipment may not be inherently fast enough to do this well. Hardware acceleration has been an important improvement in playback for some time.
In my last review I said that what is missing in the market is a player that can handle Blu-ray but not detect Cinavia. The earlier version did not have Cinavia detection, and though I didn’t test for Cinavia this time, I sincerely doubt it will ever appear in this player. They have no incentive to add it.
But the lack of support for ripped Blu-ray folders is a killer. There are plenty of free media players available that will play m2ts files, but not Blu-ray menus, and if Leawo wants to set their player apart, they will need add this capability.