- Versatile recording and slick operation
- Extensive features
- Excellent Blu-ray and Freeview images
- Freeview EPG & catch-up TV could be integrated
- Clunky web browsing with remote
- Takes too long to reach AllShare content
Review Price £299.00
IntroductionLike its predecessor, the BD-E8500, the BD-F8500 combines a 3D Blu-ray player and Freeview PVR in a single box, bringing you hi-def TV channels and movies in one fell swoop – with Samsung’s smart TV features and DLNA media streaming also on hand to help spice up the spec sheet. On paper it’s an alluring, feature-packed proposition, but that’s nothing without smooth performance and operation to back it up. Let’s find out how it fares.
Samsung BD-F8500 - DesignThe BD-F8500 looks like a larger version of Samsung’s BD-F6500 Blu-ray player with its all-black bodywork and curved front corner, which make it a visually appealing piece of kit. It’s slim, sleek and sturdily built, while the lack of buttons and discreet LED panel on the front are an exercise in minimalism – switched off, it’s just a black box.
On top, a round panel of touch controls sits within the curve of the corner, while a common interface slot can be found on the side and a USB port is concealed under a flap on the front. This allows you to play music, videos and photos from USB storage devices.