CNET First Look
The sleekest Blu-ray player of the yearThe Sony BDP-S590 is a great-looking Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, 3D compatibility, and tons of streaming-media apps, but it's slow to load discs and has some user interface quirks.
Hey, I'm Matthew Miscoviac and were gonna take a look at the Sony BDP-S590. This is a mid-priced 3D Blu-ray player, it's right in the middle of Sony's line and it's currently selling for a $140. Now, most Blu-ray players this days looked pretty boring but Sony actually made the S590 look pretty nice. The (??) on the top has a cool textured look to it and the way that it tapers down towards the bottom is nice touch. There are few front panel buttons and USB port but that's pretty much it. Around back, you'll see the standard HDMI optical audio output and ethernet jacks plus there's built in wifi on this. You also noticed that Sony includes a few extra ports compared to comparators including a coaxial audio output and another USB port. Both the front and the back USB port can play back a variety of digital media formats and well most Blu-ray players are in great look in media streamers. The Sony actually did pretty well with the DivX and the MKV files that they threw at it. The user interface uses Sony's cross media bar menu system that's also used on the PS3. Now all that works pretty good on a Playstation, it doesn't work quite as well as the Blu-ray player especially when you're scrolling through endless amounts of radio services. Sony's list of streaming media apps is impressive including Netflix, Google Plus, Amazon, Instant Pandora and Vodoo. Now I'm happy to see that Sony is finally updated at Netflix up, has the latest interface. All over interfaces for Amazon, Instant and Google Plus still lack behind competitors. If you're getting a Blu-ray player specifically to use Amazon or Google Plus, I probably suggest another player. Sony also has another interface for browsing it's apps. It's called the Sony Entertainment Network and this layout is actually nicer with an easy tile-based layout but this will requires an extra step to go into that menu. I can't imagine a lot of people are gonna use it. Luckily if you just wanna get to Netflix, there's a dedicated button laying on the remote so you can skip all the menus completely. In the scroll, it was excellent on Blu-ray movies, DVDs and Netflix but that's to be expected in sold Blu-ray players basically has the same memory scrolled through these days. On the other hand, the Sony is relatively slow loading discs. In some cases taking almost twice as long as other players. So if you watch a lot of Blu-ray movies, you'll have to be patient. Overall, the Sony BDP-S590 is a really nice looking Blu-ray player with a pretty strong set of features but because of the slow load times and the user interface quirks, I think the editor's choice winning Panasonic DMP-BDT20 is a better choice for most buyers. I'm Matthew Miscoviac and this is the Sony BDP-S590.