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Despite the relatively new Blu-Ray format, which has been rather successful, the market is already demanding for 3D playable BR players to be manufactured. With the BD-D6500, Samsung have made an affordable yet clever little (well if not little, thin at least) machine. I say machine because not only is it a Blu-Ray player, but also acts as a DVD and CD player, complete with Samsung's internet feature
As with any 3D BR player, a 3DTV is required for the full experience, complete with those annoying glasses. However the thrill of 3DTV is worth parting some extra cash over. Also a handy feature is the upconverter which converts 2D pictures, from a DVD or normal Blu Ray, to 3D. While it's clearly not as good as putting a 3D BR into the player, it's still a vast improvement. The DVD's also look to be in a higher definition too, which I hope is a Samsung addition rather than my mind playing tricks on me. One thing I instantly noticed is the speed it takes to load a disc. Most of the previous DVD and BR players can take over 30 seconds to load. Happily, Samsung's barely takes a few moments as the disc already starts before you have time to sit back down. With a USB slot and HDMI cable to connect MP3 players, laptops, camera, camcorders or any other electronic gizmo that has either of the slots, the BD-D6500 is already good value for money with just these features.
What is wonderful and makes the BD-D6500 seem like a steal is the Smart Hub feature Samsung have added, which uses Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi in itself is hardly a nuisance as it is almost like a Playstation 3, in that it scans for devices and just requires the user to add security codes. Smart Hub is a collection of apps, which the user has downloaded. Users can stream videos via Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, Dailymotion and other popular apps. To be honest, using YouTube and Dailymotion gave me quite a problem as they aren't as easy to navigate on the BD-D6500, while they are simple to do so on the internet. Additional apps include a gadget to tell you the weather and temperature (Accu Weather), Facebook, Twitter and a variety of others. However for some strange reason, Skype (an app on almost any other BR player) and Lovefilm (an app on PS3) are nowhere to be seen.
As for the looks of the BD-D6500. Just looking at it from that little picture above this review doesn't do it justice. The upper half of the BD-D6500 is a swanky gloss black, with a Samsung 3D logo neatly placed at the front. The bottom half is a dashing silver, which curves out in the middle. Amazingly, in this curved out part are the play, stop, forward buttons etc., with the timer bang in the middle. This certainly gives the BD-D6500 a graceful look.
The remote is one thing I have a problem with. It looks far to busy, as each button are spaced so close to each other like Lemmings. Looking at the big, square buttons and packed controller makes you wonder how on earth a remote as ugly as the BD-D6500's can be associated with the machine itself. A fault on the part of Samsung's there.
Even with an ugly remote, this should be no reason to deter you from what is an otherwise phenomenal product from Samsung. It's everything you want from a Blu-Ray player with a hell of a lot more and at the price it's going at, it's a must have.