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The BDC-550 is a great basic blu-ray player with some nice extra features.
Firstly, it looks sleek and sexy in black. It is not very high but is still quite wide with an LEd display that is easily readable. The display is of limited usefulness, showing a clock or timers for the video you are watching. The blu ray controls are via a rather large remote control which has lots of buttons for also controlling your TV if you have a Samsung brand with allshare or even controlling basic standby and volume with most other TV models that are not Sansung.
The blu ray tray is an auto-open and close on the press of the eject button. It will not close if the disc is not properly inserted. It handles normal DVDs perfectly and even reads some of my really scratched up ones that my old DVD palyer can't handle. Blu-ray start up is fast compared with other player I have seen (but please note it is slower to load blu rays than DVDs because of their vast capacity). Playback is seamless and Samsung have some easily applicable firware upgrades. It plays Avater fine, which some players struggle with from other reviews I have seen. The tools button on the remote allows you to input a time to jump to that part of the film.
The buttons on teh player are on/play/stop/eject and are capacitive touch controlled like on most new mobile phones (this means that it will respond to light touch of your skin, but not from inanimate objects) and this is a nice touch but can get a little annoying as the USB port is located underneath the butons, which means that insertion and removal of USB devices can accidentally hit the buttons when you first get the payer until you are used to it.
The USB is one of its best features...it handles most video typres, mkv and avi included and these can also be watched on DVDs that you may have burned. Playback can be a little jerky, but this may be from my USB stick being a little slow.
It is internet ready which means you can either connect via ethernet or using a £50 dongle that has special firmware already installed. This will let you hook up to your network and view files or acces soem selected internet widgets (not iplayer yet) like youtube and facebook. I am not highly impressed with this feature though teh youtube can be fun, but a pain to type using the remote.
I can highly recommend this if you can get it for less than the £100 mark.