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This review is from: Sony 3D Smart Blu-ray Player With Wi-Fi, BDP-S590
Pros: got this unit locally to test 3D playback (actually it's a loan, I don't care enough for 3D but my tv is 3D capable). It's ok for the player, has built in wireless (but it's a curse if your WPA password is long, will not work on "guest network" setup). It has bunch of apps but some of these are gimmicks. Picture quality is good (hdmi) and Anynet (?) control integration with TV set (Samsung) is nice feature.
Cons: It does not support keyboard input (I can connect wireless kb/touchpad to USB ports on my TV) and this renders apps less usable (youtube/vimeo search, browser - this sucks also on TV). But the biggest issue I found is noisiness. I'm not a big movie watcher so not sure that I'd made through Hobbit anyway but the whining playback noise (spindle) just turned me off even faster. In noisy environment it'll be ok but in quiet room and with quiet movie this sucks.
Also, "piano black" case is dust and fingerprint magnet and wiredd net port was really picky with regard to the cable - I had to wiggle it and apply some pressure to it to maintain stable connectivity.
Remote looks dorky but it does the job and it's not uncomfortable to hold.
Also shallow depth (though this seems standard for other players) can make it difficult to stack your pieces atop each other (like placing high power receiver on top of low power/heat player).
Pros: Works well and plain looks are OK with me (plus it'll fit into tight spaces). CAS 9. Never had much issues with reliability of RAM modules, don't expect this time.
Cons: none so far, it's been discontinued (did I get the last set?)
Other Thoughts: It works nice with Intel mobo. Not overclocking it but - I believe - it's set to extreme performance in bios.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Performs great while using little power. Built in HD4000 is more than sufficient for all HTPC tasks. I did not experienced any slowdowns even when stress testing it with FAH while watching/recording tv in media center at the same time.
Cons: Some of visualization and encryption acceleration capabilities are disabled (does not matter much for HTPC but why?).
Locked multiplier and I did not see much option to overclock base frequency - I did not care for that anyway
Other Thoughts: My setup with i3-3325 maxes out at 55W at outlet running FAH (build consist of SSD, HDD, optical drive - idle, all but 1 net ports disabled, 2 usb peripherals), it idles at ~28W. Not sure how this stacks up against newer AMD APU's - my original intent was to get one but lack of decent motherboards made me to pick Intel. It's definitely better - both performance and power - than AMD Athlon X2 it replaced but you have to pay more to enjoy it.READ FULL REVIEW