- Sublime HD pictures
- Slick operating system
- Excellent feature list
- No DivX support and won't stream MKV
- No 4K upscaling or second HDMI
- Needs more catch-up TV apps
What is the Sony BDP-S5100?Sitting just below the premium Sony BDP-S790 (which continues from last year) and the enthusiast-focused BDP-A6000, the BDP-S5100 is the best-specced of Sony’s budget Blu-ray players. It’s equipped with a generous range of features including 3D support (not found on the BDP-S3100) and the ability to stream media files and internet content though its built-in Wi-Fi connection.
At £140, it’s towards the upper end of the budget price bracket, but those looking for a deck that does everything could consider it money well spent.
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Sony BDP-S5100 – DesignThe Sony BDP-S5100 is one of the most eye-catching players on the market. Sony has eschewed the usual straight edges and clean lines of its rivals for a pointy top panel that’s supposed to mimic the ‘gleaming facets of rock crystal’ – all part of its Sense of Quartz design concept. Whatever – we just think it looks really cool. If you’d prefer a conventional oblong shape to match an AV receiver then go for the Sony BDP-S790 or Sony BDP-A6000.
It sports a sleek black finish and compact dimensions (360mm wide x 199mm deep) that make it easy to slip into tight spaces, perhaps in a bedroom or playroom. There’s a row of four discreet buttons along the front edge, below which is a disc tray, a small LED panel and a covered USB port.
Overall, the design is distinctive yet low-key, attractive without going OTT. The plasticky bodywork has a distinctly budget air but it’s as good as you’d expect for the money.
Sony BDP-S5100 – ConnectionsIn terms of connections, the slender rear panel proffers the bare minimum, but modern TVs and receivers dictate that you don’t really need anything more.
There’s a single HDMI v1.4 output – two would have been nice at this price, but that’s reserved for the S790. It’s joined by a coaxial digital audio output, Ethernet port and a second USB port. On cheaper models the latter would be used to connect a wireless LAN dongle, but with built-in Wi-Fi there’s no need – instead you can use it to play media from USB devices or external HDDs without it sticking out the front.
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