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Samsung BD-P4600: Wall-mountable Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi add-on

Not just another black box: the Samsung BD-P4600 is a wall-mountable Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi.

Samsung BD-P4600
Samsung

Your flat-screen TV looks awfully lonely mounted on the wall by itself--why not give it a companion? That, we assume, is the rationale behind the Samsung BD-P4600 wall-mountable Blu-ray player. The BD-P4600 looks to include all the features of its step-down sibling, the BD-P3600: Profile 2.0/BD-Live, Netflix and Pandora streaming, 1GB onboard memory, built-in Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, "Touch of Color" style accents, and--the big upgrade for 2009--802.11n Wi-Fi via an included USB dongle. But unlike the 3600, this ultraslim 1.5-inch model has a slot-loading disc drive and can be mounted on the wall. Just remember that doing so means you'll need to hide the HDMI cable running to the TV or receiver and the power cord. That's probably why Samsung also includes a stand that mounts it at a 25-degree angle, so you can show off its slim lines. Look for the BD-P4600 in April 2009 for $500.