Samsung BD-F5900 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player

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  1. 147 of 156 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great 3D Player, March 23, 2013
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    I purchased this unit even though there were no product reviews at the time of my purchase. It is apparently a new model. I wanted a Samsung player because I have a Samsung TV and I wanted the ease of a single remote out of the box. Even though some of the other Samsung players had less than 5 star reviews, I wanted to take the chance, and Im glad I did. This player immediately recognized my home wi-fi network and completed the firmware update very quickly. When I told it to check for an update again, it did find a second update which ran just as quickly. A little odd it didn’t go to the latest update automatically, but no big deal. The Smart Hub works fine including Netflix, although I still think the picture quality of Netflix is better through my AppleTV. The blue ray discs load very quickly and both the 3D and 2D picture quality is amazing. I highly recommend this very reasonably priced player.

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  2. 86 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice player with a few annoyances., April 11, 2013
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    Rick (NJ/NYC) –

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    This player does a fine job of playing DVDs or Blurays. The discs load very quickly. The timer that is on the front of the player is very bright. I have not found a way to dim it yet. It is so bright and distracting during a movie that I may have to block it until the movie is finished. The App section of the player can be compared to a Roku which I have. The Apps load very slowly compared to the Roku. Once loaded they are all almost identical. I browsed around a few that are not on the Roku – Bravo and Discovery Channel – and was unable to find any full episodes to watch. Either it said no episodes available or just clips were available.

    The web browser with the remote reminded me of my old Web TV from years ago. You really have to use a wireless keyboard and mouse to use the browser. Even then you will be limited as the browser has no java, active x or any online purchasing/shopping. I may order the keyboard and mouse combo but not sure if the expense is worth it for such a limited browser.

    Overall it is a big improvement from my other bluray players. I will provide updates as I use it over the next few weeks.

    UPDATE – I have tried to watch videos from CBS, ABC, NBC and Hulu. Only CBS videos would play and with problems. I watched a full episode of “Criminal Minds” but during the show the screen saver kept popping up. Apparently the web browser will activate the screen saver if the remote is not used for about 10 minutes. The next day I tried to watch a full episode of “CSI” and the player turned off twice during the show so I gave up. The videos did look very good when they played. The web browser is not a good substitute for any other device but if you are bored I guess you can spend some time using it.

    UPDATE: The remote has glow in the dark buttons! And the blurays that I have watched so far look much better then my other bluray players.

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  3. Raven A. Wind says:
    146 of 171 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I replaced my Roku and WD TV Live with the BD-F5900, and I was mostly happy., July 14, 2013
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    Raven A. Wind (Michigan) –
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    This review is from: Samsung BD-F5900 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player (Electronics)

    I’m a cord-cutter. I don’t subscribe to cable, and I barely ever watch over-the-air broadcasts. For years now, I’ve been looking for something that could offer a set-top box experience that was close to a good HTPC without actually being an HTPC. My concern is that most HTPC setups with XBMC are a bit clunky when it comes to non-techie people using them. Sure, XBMC is handy and slick, but support for online services like Netflix, Crackle, and others of that sort is a bit of a mess, requiring you to essentially exit XBMC and load them in a web browser. They aren’t dedicated apps, and it shows. The web browser experience for Netflix is pretty poor compared to some of their dedicated apps, as is the web browser interface for Crackle. XBMC also requires a great deal of setup and teaching for non-techie users, and can be screwed up pretty easily with the wrong button presses. In short, between video problems, needing to launch external applications to use streaming services, and the technical nature of XBMC, it’s just not ideal for a household where you have kids or non-techie family members who just want to watch some TV or movies.

    I have had the following set-top boxes and media devices over the years:
    Roku
    Roku 2 XS
    Roku 3
    WD TV
    WD TV Live Plus (several generations)
    Boxee Box
    Sony SMP-N200 Media Player
    Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray Disc Player
    Sony PS3 (fat and slim, both)
    Microsoft Xbox 360 (launch beast, and slim models)
    Micca Slim HD
    iMito MX2 Android Stick
    Ouya console

    …And a few others. I’ve returned or sold ALL of them over the years because they all fell short in one way or another. The Sony and Microsoft game consoles wouldn’t play MKV files or access NTFS hard drives (meaning I was stuck with the 4GB file limit of FAT32 drives, which is not ideal for 1080p videos). In addition, the Xbox 360 wouldn’t let me watch on my Netflix subscription without paying another $50 per year for Xbox Live Gold (a ridiculous requirement, considering all the other devices on the market allow it for free), and even the Slim model is a bit noisy while running. The WDTV was always slow and clunky, didn’t have Crackle, and had very inaccurate scrapers that reported wrong information for properly-titled videos. The Sony SMP-N200 and BDP-S185 played all the formats the PS3 didn’t, and accessed NTFS drives, but had what I considered a very awkward, sparse-looking GUI filled with a lot of Sony garbage my family didn’t need and limited thumbnail support. The Micca had no streaming services and no thumbnails whatsoever for media files. The iMito was poor at handling 1080p video in XBMC and crashed constantly due to Android’s laundry list of instabilities. The Ouya was just more of that Android XBMC mess, and fought me the whole time with reboots, crashes, and poor connectivity.

    The earlier Roku models didn’t support local content via USB. The newer ones have a USB channel (and some 3rd party USB channels, as well) but are EXTREMELY fussy about the video encoding technique. While I loved my Roku 3, I did not relish the idea of having to re-encode over 100 movies that would not play nice with the Roku. I passed on Raspberry Pi, because it seems decidedly non-friendly to kids and family members, as well as being under-powered.

    And before you mention it, YES, I know I could use Plex on Roku (and I did!) but sometimes I want there to be the ability to access the video library without it tapping my main PC’s CPU or hard drive. If my PC is set to a task (encoding video, for example) I don’t want it to be doing double-duty as a Plex server. I also don’t always want my PC to be awake or turned on. Plex is awesome, but it is wholly reliant on the main PC for transcoding, and I want to avoid that sometimes.

    Now, a disclaimer: I do not have a 3D HDTV. What’s more, I hate 3D movies with a passion. I think they’re a stupid gimmick. I wear prescription glasses already, and I do not enjoy wearing two pairs of glasses to relax and watch a movie at home. I don’t even enjoy it in a theater. Most of the time, I end up with a raging headache from 3D movies, so in this review I will NOT be touching on the BD-F5900’s ability to play 3D movies. In fact, I would have aimed for the BD-E5700 which is basically the same unit without the 3D support, but I needed to buy at a local store (for a change) and they did not carry that unit. The BD-F5900 was the next best choice for my needs, seeing as the BD-F7500 is overkill at this point (I don’t have a 4k HDTV and won’t be affording one any time soon).

    So here’s the point of my review: The Samsung BD-F5900 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player handles almost all of my set-top box needs. It’s the first device that has gotten this close. Here’s the quick rundown:

    * Handles all video codecs and containers I throw at it. Note that I do not use VOBs*, but I do use MP4, AVI, and 5.1 DTS…

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