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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome kit, but check what you're buying first, 19 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Samsung BD-C8200 Blu-Ray Freeview HD 250GB HDD Recorder (Electronics)
I've seen numerous user reviews on this product complaining that it hasn't got certain functionality, and hence its no good

Basically this unit houses a Bluray player, a 250gig HDD, Internet access and Wifi and a Freeview+HD tuner (single), all for less than £300 - And Samsung to boot, usually a sign of quality. Basically it covers pretty much all viewing functionality out there, and will handle what the future has in store - How can any of that be bad?

First, the Bluray player - Picture quality is excellent as is the sound, speedy start up times, silent running, everything bluray should be. Cant fault that

Hard drive - 250 gig to record from the tuner - you can only record what you are watching, or the channel it is set to, it's a single tuner, its not like a Sky+ box so don't expect to be able to use it like one. You can also access the Hard drive via USB, meaning you can transfer and store movies, music and picture files on the drive, great for storage and expandable. The software navigation is easy to use and looks great. It handles pretty much any file type, .avi, mp3/4 etc..

Internet/Wifi - took some fiddling to set up, nothing too taxing but requires a slight understanding of routers etc..probably no more than the average computer user, plus it requires a fairly decent connection for streaming. Once set up, the internet access is good, the widgets work well, you tube streaming is good. Not in HD, but then it never said it was on the box. Now, this is where my only gripe comes in - although advertised everywhere that it can, currently, you cant access BBC iplayer or lovefilm from this unit - a bit upsetting as that was part of the reason for getting it, but its on the cards apparently, I have no idea when though

Finally, the tuner. Freeview HD, plenty of channels to choose from, usual Freeview fare, nice menus and navigation. No Freeview HD in my region until 2012 though I discover after purchase, still I can live with that

All in all, a great looking, slick unit, with a lot more functionality to come. Just make sure you know what youre buying before you hand over the cash, yes there maybe some minor niggles, but if thats the case splash out a bit more, but theres not many players out there that come with what this does
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2010 20:50:16 GMT
Well said - a good balanced review, of a product which I feel has come in for some unfair criticism. Your thoughts echo my own review of the BDC8500 (the 8200's larger brother). For the price, there really is very little competition. You can choose a PVR which has no DVD/Bluray in it, and yes, if you choose right (eg. Humax), it will have certain advantages over the Samsung - but at the expense of the bluray drive. Alternatively you can pay much more for the Panasonic models... but for the price there is nothing that combines as many features in one box as the 8200/8500.

Not only that.... but the picture quality is second to none. And sound for that matter. Really. And isn't that what counts?
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