on 4 February 2012
I had been looking at Bluray players for months, reading reviews, checking prices, comparing features etc. I had my limit set at £100 but then started to realise that "smart" players were pretty feature rich and being a Lovefilm subscriber started to wonder about internet aware players. I up'd my limit and looked around the £150 mark and Sony just shone in that area so I bought the 580 because it had wifi built in, had every feature I wanted and looked slim.
I unpacked the 580, plugged it all in and had it going in what seemed like a couple of minutes - the firmware updated automatically. I copied some MP4 videos onto a USB drive, plugged it into the Sony and played it instantly - top marks there. I then registered it with Sony, downloaded the iPhone app and played with that for a while - very impressive. I then linked it to my LoveFilm account and had the kids watching a streamed movie. Finally I watched a Bluray film - Bourne Identity - I thought my TV was good but this 580 makes it brilliant - sorry Sony, you've done yourselves out of a TV sale :-)
All in all this is one of the best devices I've bought for the home, very capable, quick, easy to use, and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Sony, you are stars!
I confess I did buy an All-in-One URC-7960 to control everything and it works well with the 580.
If you want a great Bluray drive (it does 3D but my TV doesn't) you should get one of these, simples.