Blu-ray Players

Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player

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Conclusions about the Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player

I really wish the Samsung BD-F5900 had better DVD performance since it would make for an easy recommendation. As it is, it performs well with Blu-ray content and is a great streaming player, and so if that is the only content you plan to use, I'd say to go ahead and get it. If you want to use DVD content, that is where we run into issues.

If the only things you watch on DVD are films, then you can enable the 24p mode for DVD and be fine. If you also watch concerts, or TV, or some documentaries, then you'll need to turn that mode off every single time because otherwise the image will be jumpy and stutter. This issue really seems like a firmware bug to me, and Samsung is looking into it but they can't promise a fix, so I have to score it as-is.

The other thing preventing me from loving the Samsung is the design. The touch-sensitive controls on top, and the inability to place anything on there without Wi-Fi starting to have issues, are bad design choices to me. You can't defeat the touch sensitivity, and so for many people it may not work well. Placing buttons on the front would be better, and I also want a USB port on the back so you can use BD-Live without a thumb drive sticking out the front.

So we have a mixed bag here. The Samsung has flaws, but it has some nice benefits as well. It feels like it is very close to being a great player, but just needs one more revision to fix the problems that it has. I hope they do, as the streaming interface is my favorite on players so far this year, and that is the way the market is going. As it is now, you'll have to weigh the pros and cons yourself to see if it will work for you.