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Pretty good for the price...but died within 12 months
on 9 February 2013
This is the first BluRay player we have purchased. Wanted something cheap, didn't need 3D support, so this seemed to fit the bill.
And, well, it's pretty good so far, as the title suggests.
It does what it says on the box, so to speak...we have had no issues or complaints with the playback of BluRays or DVDs. It is also quite a small box which is a plus. So, it does the main job well and is very cheap. However, there are drawbacks...
As others have said, the remote is very poor. Didn't think this would annoy us too much, but it does take patience - it's too small, meaning the buttons are also too small and not easy to navigate.
It's a bonus that Wifi is built in - unfortunately don't assume you will get the same signal strength as you do your phone etc. We have this in a bedroom in our house, and altho the signal isn't great (because the router is downstairs), our phones and laptop work - however this unit wont work at all - it barely connects successfully and never keeps the connection for long. So, we can't use that feature at all - which is disappointing. Only assume you will be able to use this if it is fairly near to your router.
It is not the quietest unit in the world - certain discs seem louder than others. It has also crashed during playback (of DVD's) a couple of times, requiring a complete switch off/turn back on again.
Finally, it is not very quick with BluRay playback, at least the ones we tried - there is a long delay before things start to happen.
So...all in all a decent player, but definitely a budget unit. We spent a bit more on another player (£80 vs £65 for this) and it is much better, and if choosing again, I would spend the extra, and avoid this.
UPDATE 5th November 2013
Player has had moderate use, mostly playing DVDs over the previous 11 months, but sadly is now starting to die, and will no longer play any BluRay discs...a bit of a prerequisite for a BluRay player!
Appreciate it isn't for sale on Amazon any more but for anyone looking at these reviews with a mind to purchasing elsewhere...beware, it's cheap and decent while working, but that might not be for very long.
Amazon refunding me for the item, which is cool as I can come back to amazon and buy a better one :)