Excerpt: I've been reviewing Blu-ray players since the inception of the format in 2006, and it's amazing how far the format has come in six years. Gone are the days of seemingly endless boot-up times and glacial disc loading. The most commonplace features now—built-in Wi-Fi, streaming apps, and 3D capability—were only pipe dreams during the format's inception. The marketplace is crowded with players under $250, and most offer similar feature sets.
Summary: The Samsung BD-E6500 is one of the better performing Blu-ray players out there. Seems to have most things going for it - a UI that is very functional and looks brilliant, excellent performance and will even play back file formats that the best media player - the WD Live, refuses to play. Only thing it misses out on is the 2D -> 3D upscale. If we were to do a Blu-ray player comparison test today, this one would win the performance trophy by quite a margin.
Pros: Excellent video reproduction, Played back all formats we threw at it, Crispness of video is brilliant, Visually impressive UI, Unique treatment of the front panel
Cons: Remote is not backlit, No 2D -> 3D conversion