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This review is from: Samsung 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Disc Player
Pros: First things first...I did not buy this at Newegg. I bought it from elsewhere, but I feel compelled to relate my experiences. First, the pros are that it does indeed support dual band WiFi, has a dual core processor, is compact, and has a nicely designed Smart Hub interface. Firmware updates are relatively frequent...about one every two months. Played the BD disks I threw at it very well, and up converts DVDs too.
Cons: Where to start...
Upon hooking this BD Player up I had no trouble getting the Smart Hub working and subscribing to Hulu Plus, etc. At first, there were a couple of minor issues such as losing connectivity (the TV program would not load, and the player would flash the message to check my internet connection). I brushed them off, although I tried wireless AND wired and still got the same message from time to time. Fast forward a month or so to the first F/W update. The only change I noticed from the first F/W update was that the connection got even more flakey. I started suspecting the player was at fault since my internet connection was stable. As a test, I ran Hulu Plus in a browser window on my PC and the same program also on the Samsung player. The player would error out that there was a connectivity issue while the PC would continue to play the video. AHA! Caught ya. I continued to live with this issue figuring another F/W update would resolve it. No such luck. No only did the connectivity continue to be flakey, but NOW the player was turning itself OFF at random intervals. Not good. Time to take it back, which I did. Fortunately I was able to get an in store credit and purchase a Sony which has exhibited none of the issues I described.
One final con is the intrusiveness of the Smart Hub into your viewing habits. You must agree multiple times to allow Samsung to use your viewing habits data and allow them to use it for any purpose they see fit or you cannot use the Smart Hub. No opting out.
Other Thoughts: I expected far better from Samsung. After some web research, I find that my player is not defective per se, but has a continuing F/W issue. I did perform a full reset of the player and Smart Hub after each F/W update to be sure that I was giving the player a fair shot at acting properly. I wished this player worked properly as it was innovative and had a pretty user interface.
Judgement: DO NOT BUY. RUN AWAY SCREAMING.
Pros: Silent, FAST, 8GB of SSD-like intelligent cache. I can confirm that after a few reboots the system does boot like it has a SSD as the boot drive. Application loading is similarly lightning fast after the cache "learns" about it. This really is like having the best of both worlds.
Cons: Still a hard disk...but not really it's fault. The SSD-like cache makes up for a lot of the obvious HDD shortcomings and makes for happy end-customers without the added expense or confusion of a small SSD boot/OS drive that non-technical folks would not really understand. Most of the folks I build PCs for have a hard time remembering or understanding where they saved a file on a single storage device, much less multiple!
Other Thoughts: Seagate has come up with a great solution, and it does not really add that much cost to the drive (about $20 or so).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I won't use another brand, unless it is a rebranded Seasonic unit! Why do you think Corsair and others use Seasonic? Let's see...rock solid reliability, silence, and longevity. Oh, and the highest quality components.
This particular unit is not modular, but has nice long cables for a typical mid tower. It is not a octopus like some other units, but be prepared to use plenty of zip ties. Cables are nicely sleeved. I could not hear the fan. Bronze Certified (not that important to me...rail stability and ripple ARE).
Cons: If I had any, I doubt I would have bought a Seasonic. The lack of cons is why I won't buy anything else.
Other Thoughts: No, they are not cheap. BUT, you can skimp on the PSU and then sign yourself up to buy a new mobo, video card, and CPU when your nasty no-name PSU fizzes on you....READ FULL REVIEW