The Samsung BD-F6500 sits just below the flagship BD-F7500, and lacks some of its premium features, such as twin HDMIs and 4K upscaling. The rest of the feature list is exactly the same though, which could potentially make it a great bargain given that it’s around £120 cheaper.
The BD-F6500 sports a significantly different design to that of the BD-F7500. Gone is the 7500’s aluminium outer ‘sleeve’, leaving just the gloss-black casing underneath. At 40mm high and 360mm wide, it’s also slimmer and narrower than most Blu-ray decks on the market – the perfect size for sliding discreetly into an AV cabinet or next to a small TV in the bedroom.
What makes the design so distinctive is the curved corner on the right hand side, a flourish common to all of Samsung’s players below the BD-F7500. On top of the unit is a round panel of soft-touch controls that sits stylishly inside the curved corner.
That leaves the fascia completely clear from buttons, giving it a moody, minimal look when switched off. There’s a slim disc tray on the left, an LED display panel to the right (which spells out information in large digits) and a USB port hidden behind a flap. On the whole it’s a sleek and stylish Blu-ray player, but build quality isn’t great – the casing is light and plasticky, which although common in this price range will nonetheless make enthusiasts turn up their noses.
Rear connections are sparse. There’s an HDMI output that’s equipped to send 3D pictures to a compatible TV, alongside an optical digital audio output and an Ethernet port. The BD-F6500 boasts built-in Wi-Fi, which means most people won’t need to use the Ethernet port, but there are some who prefer the stability of a wired connection. The lack of a second HDMI output and multichannel analogue outputs (as found on the BD-F7500) is not surprising and unlikely to bother the typical buyer of a Blu-ray deck in this price range.