Samsung BD-D5700 Review

The Samsung BD-D5700 is, by most accounts, a strong contender in the Blu-ray field but for one flaw -- it seems to have a bit of trouble streaming Netflix shows. Expert Samsung BD-D5700 reviews are upbeat. At Tech Hive, the Samsung BD-D5700 review praises the easy-to-use interface and relatively quick loading. A Samsung BD-D5700 review at PC Mag terms it among the best of the 2011 crop. Picture quality gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up in consumers' Samsung BD-D5700 reviews, as does the user-friendly operation, but we also read a lot of complaints about the player's struggles to stream Netflix videos. Samsung BD-D5700 reviews at Amazon frequently cite this problem, as do reviews at Best Buy and Crutchfield one consumer who claims to stream Netflix without any difficulty speculates that the problems experienced by others may stem from weaknesses in the home network rather than in the Blu-ray.

The Samsung BD-D5700 (starting at $129; $80 refurbished, Amazon) comes with built-in Wi-Fi as well as an Ethernet port, a USB port, and an audio optical digital out port. The player runs several apps (including a Sudoku game) in addition to supporting popular streaming services such as Netflix, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Vudu. The BD-D5700 also supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD and other common surround sound formats. There is no support for 3D playback.

Where to buy

This is a solid Blu-ray player if you're not interested in 3D video and you're not deterred by reports about weak streaming of Netflix. (A wired connection or fast wireless router may be solutions.) This model seems to be at the end of its run and cheaper refurbished models are easy to find. All things considered, the Samsung BD-D5700 may be a good deal for you.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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