The lines between television, disc player, and computer continue to blur, merge, and disappear as new products come to market. Consumers certainly have more choices than they have ever had before when it comes to buying multimedia devices for their living rooms. And the Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Disc Player is a prime example of this melding of electronic gadgetry.
- Product: Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
- Company: Samsung
- Dimensions: 16.9 x 7.9 x 1.7 inches; 6 pounds
- USB 2.0
- Wireless LAN
- Composite Video Outputs
- Component Video Outputs
- Optical Digital Audio Outputs
- Analog Audio Outputs (7.1 channels)
- Video: Full 1080p picture quality with full HD 3D support
- Special features:
- BD-Live ready
- Cost: About $200 on Amazon (List price $350)
What I like
- Ultra Fast Play: I don't know why, but it takes a really long time (minutes) for my one-year old Sony Blu-ray player to crank up and play a disc once I load it. Samsung has greatly sped up the process and knocked down the time to around 30 seconds.
- Built-in Wi-Fi: Wireless networking capability should be standard for every multimedia device these days - this is where the future lies.
- Concept of Applications: Services like Internet@TV are a mixed blessing. The ability to get Netflix and other high-quality services through your Blu-ray player is a great feature. However, so many of the apps that come with Samsung's Internet@TV service are absolutely useless. Until these devices and/or the televisions they connect to come with full Internet access, these services will have a few gems mixed in with apps that merely create clutter.
What I don't like
- 3D: This is a pet peeve of mine, so if you like 3D my apologies. The idea of 3D television at home is just plain ridiculous. Consumers are never going to widely accept three dimensional television viewing as long as the only way to see "3D" is with glasses. Manufacturers can slap 3D on boxes left and right, but the concept is dead in the water as far as I'm concerned until we get technology that approaches the Star Trek holodeck.
- Internet@TV: As mentioned before, services like Internet@TV are more clutter than feature. If may be good marketing to get all those logos on the box, but the reality is that, without complete access to the full Internet, these little widgets/apps are mostly useless.
There is not much wrong with the Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Disc Player. It has all the features you could ask for in a Blu-ray player and it can be purchased for around $200, which is a reasonable price for a WiFi-enabled device. But just like the VIZIO M470NV 47-Inch 1080p LED LCD HDTV, reviewed last week, do not buy this player because it supports full HD 3D or has Internet@TV applications. Those features are really just marketing window dressing and should be ignored when making your buying decisions.
Geek Gift Score
- Fun factor: ***
- Geek factor: ****
- Value: ***
- Overall: ***
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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.