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Slim, sleek and full of features.
Member Name: Consumerhelper
Advantages: 1080p playback, good connectivity, user friendly interface, good upscaling, great value
Disadvantages: not 3d ready, struggles with playback of some files, requires dondle for wifi
I was fortunate enough to receive this blu ray player for free when i purchased my Sony Ex503 T.V and i have to say it does not disappoint.
The first thing that strikes you when you load up the player is the vast array of features on offer. There are icons for many services such as BBC I player, YouTube, Five on Demand and various others. These are accessible when you hook the player up to an internet connection that can be done through the Ethernet port located on the back or via Wifi. However as with many Sony products it seems, a wireless dongle was not included and this means an additional purchase will need to be made to get the WiFi experience. I hast to add that also missing from the box was a HDMI cable which is required to get the full HD experience. These exclusions disappointed me and meant i had to go back out to buy these additional components before getting the full benefits of the player.
In addition to an Ethernet port, USB ports are located on the front and back of the player ( 2 Total) allowing the user to take advantage of media playback via a memory stick. This player could handle pretty much any type of file i could throw at it although it struggled to play WMV and MKV video files so converting to a more friendly format would be recommended.
Features aside its the performance of this player where it really shines. The first thing i tried was one of my old DVDs and i have to say this player really brings it to life like never before. The start up screen automatically recognized the disc and started to play it without having to press a button. The load speed was very quick and played almost instantly.
This player features full HD up scaling technology which means that older DVDs are rejuvenated and you could instantly see a more crisp picture . However it wasn't until i played a blu ray disc that this player really shone. The picture was breathtaking and really gave a cinematic experience that draws the viewer in. The colors are so vibrant and textures so clear it was a pleasure to watch.
I would say that in terms of picture and performance it would be hard to beat the BP-370. The access to the internet keeps the firmware up-to date and this means it should be fairly future proof. However the lack of a 3d update thus far is disappointing and the range of video formats it can handle is not as strong as i would have hoped. 8/10
Best price at time of review £90
Summary: A great all rounder that should satify your needs provinding you dont need 3d.
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