Sony Blu-ray player makes decent alternative to streaming boxes
27 September 2013
Summary: The Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player offers a wealth of services and very good image quality for the money.
Pros: The Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Super Wi-Fi is a compact powerhouse with a wide variety of streaming services; image quality is mostly excellent, even with streaming content; good upscaling of DVDs.
Cons: The disk drawer seems flimsy; DLNA streaming isn't as slick as you get from some competitors; 3:2 pull-down performance isn't as smooth as on the Panasonic BDT230; Super Wi-Fi didn't provide better streaming in our tests; no analog outputs.
Summary: Sony didn't go back and reinvent the Blu-ray player with the BDP-S5100. They stuck with their successful formula and have what is a minor upgrade to the BDP-S590 from last year. The new design certainly looks nice, though I do have a couple of reservations about it myself with the top surface and the disc tray. When it came down to performance, the BDP-S5100 does quite a good job overall.
Excerpt: It's not often that a Blu-ray player stands out from the competition solely on appearances, but that’s certainly the case with the Sony BDP-S5100. It's has a unique design that demands to be on show and not tucked away in a television cabinet. However, underneath the gorgeous exterior are plenty of features that make it more than just a pretty face.
Excerpt: Ud over Netflix og YouTube inkluderer de tilgængelige tjenester også TV 2 Play og Sony Entertainment Network, hvor der er adgang til filmleje og meget andet. Blu-ray-afspilleren har endda indbygget browser og mulighed for at gå på Facebook, dog uden at funktionaliteten er særlig overbevisende.
Excerpt: Fazit: Der 3D-Blu-Ray-Player BDP-S5100 von Sony zeigt sich im Test als durchaus brauchbar. Der geringe Stromverbrauch von maximal 5,8 Watt ist sogar ein Highlight. Neben WLAN und Gracenote bietet er zahlreiche Apps, die sich über den Opera-App-Store installieren lassen. Jedoch kann der Player keine DivX-Formate abspielen, Super-Audio-CDs unterstützt er hingegen.