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I have been after a Blu-Ray player for my bedroom for a while. I didn't want to rush into anything and end up spending a lot of money on something that i don't like.
Just as i thought i had found the player i was going to buy, i came across the Samsung BD-P4600 and fell in love with it.
Before anything is the cost. Its RRP is about £240 but is currently available on Amazon.co.uk for £189.
The first thing you notice is how it looks. It has a unique design making it stand out from all the other Blu-ray players on the market. It is a slim elongated shape and it can either be sat on a counter flat on using the included stand which angles the player about 35 degrees. You can also hang the player on the wall. This is one of the stand out features of this Blu-ray player.
The player is designed with the common glossy piano black finish with a pale blue edge to it. The Samsung logo in to the left and the Blu-ray logo in the centre.
Along the bottom in the centre is an LCD screen displaying information such as howl long the movie has been playing, chapter etc.
To the right of this screen is the touch buttons. The touch sensitive buttons are power, eject, play/pause, stop and skip left and right. They are very responsive buttons and always sense my finger. The only problem is because it has the glossy black finish, it soon shows fingerprints.
To the left behind the blue edge is the disk slot. The machine senses when a disk is placed in and will take the disk fully in to play it so you only have to push it in a little way. It loads the disk very quick and quietly.
On the left of the machine is a USB port. This allows you to connect a flash drive or MP3 player so you can play music and video files through your TV. You can also use it to view photos on your TV. You can also connect a Wifi dongle but i will come back to this later.
On the back is the connection ports. These include the power socket, an HDMI port, another USB port and an Ethernet port. There are also some more basic video connections. The ports are in a small area set in from the rest of the back of the machine and the wires are fed out the bottom using a plate which is attached once all the cables are plugged in. This means cables have to bent slightly, so if you have very thick cables you may struggle to get the cables to bend through the bottom. But most cables should be fine.
The Blu-ray player comes with a good detailed remote similar to a lot of their TV remotes. You can also control most Sansung TVs with this remote so its really a two in one remote. At the top is two red power buttons, one for the Blu-ray player, and another for a TV. Inbetween these two buttons is the eject button.
Under these are the number buttons, and a source button to switch the TV source (TV, HDMI, SCART, PC etc).
under these are the playback buttons such as play, pause, stop, skip and fast forward and rewind. These buttons are actually glow in the dark which is a great feature and you don't realise what a useful feature this is until you need it when you are watching a film at night and usually have to turn the light on to find the button. Its a shame the rest of the remote is not glow in the dark. These playback buttons are quite small though but well spaced.
under these are the TV volume and TV channel up and down buttons, and the TV mute button.
Then there are directional buttons, an enter button and general menu buttons followed by the colour buttons and then the disk menu buttons at the bottom.
The remote takes two AAA batteries which are included.
The player shows films in extremely good quality, with both high definition and non high definition disks. It shows blu-rays in the highest form possible, 1080p and picture looks amazing.
I use this player with a 22" 720p TV and the quality looks like full HD, even regular DVDs look brilliant.
As i mentioned earlier, you can connect a a Wifi dongle to the player using one of the USB ports. A Wifi dongle is not included meaning you have to buy one separately if you want one. They are quite expensive at £50. I'm not sure if you can use any Wifi dongle with the player, or whether only Samsung's own works with it. If you don't have a wireless router but still wish to connect the player to the internet, you can connect it wired with the ethernet port on the back and connect it to your router.
By connecting to the internet, it allows you to visit Youtube and watch videos on your TV. I haven't actually connected to the internet so i can't comment much on this feature.
I think i have covered all the main features of the Samsung BD-P4600. It really is a brilliant Blu-ray player. It looks amazing, produces fantastic pictures and has some great features. If you don't mind paying a little more than some other Blu ray players, then go for this, i don't think you will be disappointed.
Don't settle for anything less than the ultimate Blu-ray experience. The BD-P4600 gives you everything you want and more, with breathtaking, high-definition picture and superior sound quality. You can download large files easily with its Wi-Fi connection and instantly watch movies streamed from Netflix and music from Pandora subscriptions. It's also wall-mountable and just 1.5" thin offering the most modern touch to any living room.
|Product Description:||Samsung BD-P4600 - Blu-ray disc player|
|Product Type:||Blu-ray disc player|
|Internet Streaming Services:||Netflix, Pandora|
|Home Network Media Sharing:||PC Streaming|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||46.1 cm x 19.5 cm x 3.9 cm|
|Media Type:||CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM|
|Upscaling:||Yes ( up to 1080p )|
|Video D/ A Converter:||12bit / 148.5MHz|
|Audio D/ A Converter:||24bit / 192kHz|
|Remote Control:||Universal remote control - infrared|
|Sound Output Mode:||Stereo|