CNET First Look
Samsung's curvy Blu-ray player is a value buyThe Samsung BD-J5900 Blu-ray player offers excellent image quality, speedy disc access and great value for money.
[MUSIC] If you need a Blu-Ray player then the Samsung BD-J5900 at about $100 is a bit of a no-brainer. It offers image quality that is almost indistinguishable from a high end player, excellent loading speed, and friendly user interface. But it has a lot of competition. And has also things that it can do better. For instance, the design is just odd. Sure it's gotta have the Samsung curve, but why does it have to look like corduroy pants? There's also no display on the unit, and not even a light to tell you if it's on or not. Connectivity is pretty standard with HDMI, coaxial digital, ethernet, and wi-fi. As a 1080p Blu-Ray player, it will also play 3D discs, and load them really quickly. In fact, it's one of the fastest I've seen, from off to playing a movie in six seconds. It also offers a decent selection of apps, including YouTube, Netflix. Amazon and Hulu. And responsiveness is good for a Blu-ray player. Even though a Roku 3 will perform better and have a better selection. The only thing that gives me pause in wholeheartedly recommending this player, is that the Sony BDPF5500 is better. It's the same price, and offers better features, such as Playstation game streaming. Well, you could wait for four cable rate to appear at the end of 2015. That's going to be really expensive and its catalog will probably never match that of 1080p disks. At $99, you really can't go wrong with the Samsung fifty-nine hundred and you can always pick up a four K model when the number of discs starts to pick up later in twenty sixteen. This has been Todd Pendlebring with C net dot com. [MUSIC]