If you are looking to get a new Blu-ray player then we have a treat for you courtesy of Sony’s top of the range model that comes with Google TV.
So what can you expect from this fully loaded Blu-ray player? Well we are going to give you a roundup of the product to help you make up your mind with reviews from Engadget, Pcmag and Cnet.
Engadget has given Sony’s player a 4/10 score which may not be a good start if you were considering buying it. The tech site has said that the good features include a Great QWERTY remote, fast Blu-ray Disc loading and because of the player being integrated with Google TV it makes one less set-top box under the TV. On the down side the player won’t pass 5.1 surround sound, there is no integration between Blu-ray and Google TV and also no support for 3rd party programmable remote. Engadget has estimated the price for the Blu-ray player at $399.
Pcmag has given a better review to the player with a 4/5 (8/10) rating with one of the biggest praises being the value for money; however they value the Blu-ray player at $299 which is significantly less than Engadget’s valuation. The pros for Pcmag are solid Blu-ray video quality for a convergence product, Google TV interface peruses Web content, TV listings, apps with Google search and the ability to Stream audio, video, photos from PCs wirelessly. The cons include limited connectivity (only HDMI and Optical outputs available), only DISH Network DVR content shows up in searches, unable to assign multiple user accounts to protect browsing and content-viewing history. Two different reviews so maybe the third one will be the decider.
Cnet has rated the product at 3/5 (6/10) which does not help as it is slap bang in the middle of the previous reviews. Cnet liked the built-in Google TV with “revolutionary” software enabling potential access to virtually all online media. More positives included a powerful user interface that overlays TV content from cable/satellite box and can control TV, AV receiver, and cable/satellite box with IR blasters. Google search bar looks through both online and offline content with a built-in Chrome browser that supports Flash and HTML5 video, also the Android Marketplace is coming in 2011. Cnet disagreed with the frustrating controller that does not handle Google TV or Blu-ray well and the fact that major content providers like Hulu, CBS, and ABC are currently blocking Google TV. Also on the bad list was that user interface is geared towards power users and there is limited app selection at launch. Sony’s Blue-ray player is also expensive compared with other Wi-Fi Blu-ray players and doesn’t work with older, non-HD TVs. Cnet also gave the player a price tag of $399.
To summarise, the strongest features of Sony’s box is obviously the Google TV integration, fast disc loading and streaming capabilities. The big negatives are the controller, the lack of connectivity and also that there is no integration between Blu-ray and Google TV. Overall the reviews point out that the product is average and may not be worth the £300-£400 suggested. With today being Black Friday 2010, it will be the perfect opportunity for you to pick one of these players up for a cheaper price if you liked the look of it.
You can read the full reviews from the websites by following the links we have provided for you. Leave us your thoughts on Sony’s Google TV integrated Blu-ray player and tell us what you think of it if you decide to buy one, by leaving a comment.
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