- Impressive picture quality
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Gorgeous new design
- Best features not yet enabled
- Cumbersome setup
- Wouldn't play DivX
- Review Price: £305.70
- Blu-ray 3D compatibility (HDMI v1.4)
- Built-in Wi-Fi adapter
- DLNA networking and YouTube access (with software update)
- Supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
- Two-way installation (horizontal/vertical)
To coincide with the launch of its new range of Quattron 3D TVs, Sharp has launched its first ever 3D-capable Blu-ray player, the BD-HP90S. Sharp’s previous players have failed to impress with their limited feature lists and dull designs, but one glance at this player’s improved spec sheet and its gorgeous new look tells us that Sharp may have laid those ghosts to rest.
The BD-HP90S is by far the best-looking Blu-ray player the company has ever produced, even giving style-mongers like Samsung a run for their money. Key to its allure is the choice of two installation options – the deck can be laid horizontally in the traditional way, or stood upright on the supplied stand. That in itself is enough to make the BD-HP90S stand out from the crowd, but Sharp has also dressed the deck in some seriously sleek and sexy bodywork, as well as squeezing everything into a case measuring a mere 36mm high. The combination of deep gloss-black and silver works a treat, while neat little touches like the front-loading disc slot and a ring of blue light on top are the icing on the cake.
Being so slim, there isn’t a lot of room for buttons or connections, which means Sharp has had to strip it down to the basics. Inside a recess on the curvy bottom panel is an HDMI v1.4 output, an optical digital audio output and an Ethernet port, while a USB port adorns the front panel. Those looking for multichannel analogue outputs or a second HDMI output for piping 3D pictures and HD audio separately are out of luck.