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The Sony BDP-S5100; A decent an attractive Blu-rayThe Sony BDP-S5100 is a decent, compact player with an attractive jewel-like finish.
Hi. This is Ty Pendlebury with the review of the Sony BDP-S5100. With Blu-Ray, players now are so cheap and so versatile that they make a great alternative to a streaming player, the Sony BDP-S5100, is a decent model that accepts most digital full batts, and has an attractive menu system as well. Built wise, it's just okay. As well it's compact in size; the door on our unit wasn't attached very well. The player looks attractive though with the Dual Lock finish. Likewise, the remote is easy to use, attractive, and you won't go accidentally hitting Netflix button like on some others. Be aware, that if you're buying this player for someone else, that it only has digital outputs. So, you won't be able to use it with a CRT. The player comes with what the company calls, Super Wi-Fi. But based on my testing, it's certainly not faster than a speeding bullet, though it may still wear it on depends on the outside. The player offers 3D playback in addition to DLNA streaming, but there are no fancy screen mirroring features. Plus, the web browser is pretty bad with no flash support. Shooting video is pretty good, though most of these player's connections aren't currently fast enough for true hasty quality from Netflix. Blu-Ray and DVD quality is very good with a crisp, clear picture. And while it did fail one synthetic test at something I didn't see are real world applications. At a strict price of $90, the Sony offers good value for money and pretty much all the apps you'll need. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.com.