Sony offers its best value on a 4K Blu-ray player yet
The SONY UBP-X700 is an excellent 4K blue ray player offering the best of the all worlds.
Fast operating speeds, a good selection of streaming apps, and fine image quality.
And in the middle of 2018, it will also offer Dolby vision HDI, this will ensure better compatibility with the growing range of discs and streaming programs.
The X700 is a compact Blu-ray player at about a foot across.
It has a two tone finish that looks quite spiffy, but the design is not the most user-friendly.
For example, across the room it's hard to tell if it's on or off and there's no play button on the front, just power and eject.
The player has two HDMI outputs, WiFi and ethernet plus USB connectivity.
Apps include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Pandora.
But the only one that supports 4K in HDR is YouTube.
The remote control is quite usable and doesn't feel cheap and nasty like some of the ones that come with other budget players.
Image quality is very good.
And it's also the faster player we've tested when loading Netflix, less than two seconds.
There's only one problem with it, and this is mostly Sony's issue.
At $200, it's $50 cheaper than the existing X800 which competes with it neck and neck.
Sure, the X800 is a little better at DVD playback and looks nicer sitting over your TV, but I think most buyers would take advantage of the savings the X700 offers.
However, if you don't need streaming apps because you already have a Roku for example, you should also consider the LG UP870, which is 70 bucks cheaper and lightning fast in itself.
This is Typewriter with CNET.
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