Conclusion: The stylish Samsung BD-P1000 is a capable disc player that unleashes the full capabilities of the Blu-ray format. Unfortunately, the initial Blu-ray titles are a reminder that there are lots of older films that need some TLC before they will look great in HD.
Pros: Supports 1080p digital video output. Good performance with standard DVD movies. Integrated memory card readers for viewing digital images.
Cons: It costs twice as much as the least expensive HD DVD player. The remote suffers from small buttons and an odd button layout. Sluggish start-up and load times, but slightly better than current HD DVD players.
Excerpt: So you finally saved up some money to buy your dream home theater system. You have your new 1080p large screen television as wide as a livingroom wall, you have your surround sound system that could rival the noise created by god himself, but you are still missing that final piece to the perfect high definition movie viewing puzzle.
Excerpt: With more than a little excitement, I hooked up the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc player. Here it is, the first Blu-ray player to hit the world. I put it right on top of the Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD player, which I'm sure the Blu-ray people would love to hear, and the HD DVD people not so much.
Summary: For the early adopters this is a great product, offering excellent image quality and a variety of connection options. The price tag however, is considerably higher than that the projected cost of competing HD-DVD players.
Excerpt: Originally priced at £1,000 when it first appeared, you can now pick up the BD-P1000 for approximately £700 (John Lewis). Many online retailers have this 1080p-capable Blu-ray player (that can also upscale regular DVDs to 1080p) on sale for under £500.
Summary: Samsung's BD-P1000 is the first Blu-ray player to arrive in the UK. High-definition image quality scales new heights using the 1080p format, but new technology always comes with an inflated price tag
Pros: Immaculate build and design, Memory card convergence, Ease of use, Peerless high-definition performance
Cons: Massive price, Basic functionality, Average standard-definition performance