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Good all in one media solution
on 19 January 2014
I bought this to replace an LG BP630 (which was returned due to wifi problems) The Samsung cost a bit more, but it's a better overall machine by far
My impressions so far are quite good overall, a quick summary of the good and bad points.
+ Output quality is very good both with Blu Ray and upscaled DVD media, the picture is sharp and detailed
+ Quite fast to load Blu Ray titles, not as fast as the LG was but quite acceptable
+ Compact size and looks quite appealing (it's a translucent/almost frosted type finish)
+ Touch controls on top deck
+ Remote works well, it is responsive and decent range
+ Quite a lot of streaming services, you can search and add more as well as "apps"
- Optical drive isn't as quiet as some players, it's not really a problem as such but something to note. It's not noisy but not as quiet as expected
- Web broswer isn't very useful esp not with the remote (painful experience being honest of very limited use) still at least it's there I suppose!
- Glossy finish looks nice, but a fingerprint/dust magnet
- No RCA outputs
- No the strongest Wi-Fi reception (it works but I have had some issues streaming Netflix at times a bit slow)
I updated the software when I got the unit, took a while though. Interface is fairly clean and logical, seems to load up netflix quite quickly and connects to the wifi quickly too. Previously I did like the LG unit I had it was very quiet playing media, but sadly had serious Wifi issues. To date this is working fine, but I will update the review should any problems/issues turn up over time.
For the price I think one of the better players I have used, but there are alternatives out there so look around.
If you want a one stop shop for online streaming and services and a decent blu ray/DVD player with a USB port this is quite a good contender.
I've been using the player for a while now and a few additional thoughts. I'm still very pleased with the output quality (sound and picture) upscaled DVD's look very good as do native bluray films. I have used it with a USB drive for playing media and have not had any problems (again quality was good depending on how good the original file is)
A bit more on the optical drive noise, it's just a tad "clunky" sounding when loading a disc (you can also hear the motor a bit spinning up), during playback it's not really audible. Bluray films load up quickly with little delay.
Samsung's "apps" are quite extensive and growing, some are not that useful but some are. You can customise the app layout which is handy (add or remove them or pick which ones to show on the app screen). But you can't customise the main screen. This is a shame as the movie section seems geared to pay per view movies, it would be useful to be able to pick what it shows (ie flixter or Netfilx etc)
Software updated to 1015, I didn't notice any obvious changes to the player. The odd time an app might misbehave but it doesn't seem to be a commmon event by any means. To date I'm still happy with the player, as an all in one it still gets the thumbs up from me. I don't really miss the WD Live player I had before, the clunky slow remote drove me up the wall at times. This does pretty much all I need for various media I want to play.
Software update is now 1016 (downloaded and installed) no obvious differences seen. I note the auto update feature isn't working (despite being set to on it never seems to update itself) There is some room for improvements in the stability and performance of the apps and software, for now I'll maintain the 4 stars as it's performing ok for me
Player is working ok still but I have noted a weaker signal on the wifi, it's still connecting but down on strength I get the odd problem with Netflix stuttering, will investigate more (the location of the player is the same) It's not a massive problem at the moment it still connects. For some reason it's not as good as it used to be (same modem/router)
Latest software from Samsung is 1018
Responsiveness seems somewhat improved
I've compared the wifi to a playstation 3 (in the same location) and whilst it's working ok right now the signal pick up isn't as good as the Sony games console (for some reason)