The Samsung BD-C5900 is the next model up in the 2010 range of Blu-ray players from Samsung and adds an extra feature in the form of its 3D readiness over the already well specced Samsung BD-C5500.
The two players are almost identical in looks, so the Samsung BD-C5900 also has the stylish elegant looks of its less expensive brother with a gloss black front fascia and smart brushed aluminium button bar on the right hand side with the front USB socket just below. Like other recent Blu-ray players, the whole front fasica does not fold down, but instead we’re seeing a return to the more traditional disk tray, albeit more sleekly done than in previous years.
Around the back of the Samsung BD-C5900 we have the standard connection options with HDMI and component outputs, as well as composite, and an optical output. For the networking side, we have a standard LAN socket, and another USB socket specifically for the Samsung WIS09ABGN wirelsss dongle which you will need to purchase spepareately if you want to enjoy the full benefit of this Blu-ray player but cannot run a network cable to it.
Whilst the 3D capabilities of the Samsung BD-C5900 are the only real reason to get this model over the 5500, it is worth going over the online features of this player, beacuse they are quite impressive. Firstly being the latest Blu-ray specification you can enjoy BD-Live on compatible discs, which is great to get those extra little features that aren’t normally available. The player is also DLNA certified meaning you can use it to stream music, photos or even video from your compatible PC or even your Samsung mobile phone. Lastly, the Internet@TV promises to bring selected internet services such as YouTube, Twitter as well as LoveFilm movie streaming and BBC iPlayer to your television.
What to consider before you buy the Samsung BD-C5900 Blu-ray Player
We’ve said it before, but we really would like to see manufacturers including the wireless dongle with the players – if you need it, and most will, the adapter is an additional and vital expense.
Why you should buy the Samsung BDC5900 Blu-ray Player
With a fully loaded specification, and up to the minute capabilities, the only thing really lacking on the BD-C5900 is the Wi-Fi dongle – but even with that additional cost, the Samsung still looks a good player amongst its peers. If you have a 3D ready television already, this player will make a worthy addition to your entertainment system, and if you don’t, then buying this this player might just give you the excuse you need to get one! Rating: /5