Pros Picture quality is great. Satin black finish is great and resists reflections that other glosser finishes produce.
Cons No universal remote. Will not "step back" in pause frame shuttle mode. Annoying blinking WIFI lights light up rear wall behind unit, allthough electric tape solved that one.
Summary I started my Blu-Ray search when Netflix came to these units. I started with the Samsung 3600 but returned it a week later because it just seemed very primitive compared to my SONY DVD players I've used for years. In disk mode, there was no Stop/Resume memory, and no frame by frame shuttle in reverse. Two functions I use all the time. But the Samsung did have some features that the Insignia unit was missing after trying both out. On the Samsung, when in Netflix mode, I liked how you could see the quality meter change depending how strong of a signal was being received wirelessly at the time. The Insignia doesn't let you know if there?s a signal problem. With the Samsung, sometimes opening a door in my room cleared a path for better quality video. The Insignia also doesn't include a universal remote and my Mitsubishi 57734 doesn't recognize this unit either. So I?m remote juggling between volume and Play. The Samsung was recognized right away by my Mitsubishi remote and vice versa via HDMI. No extra remote programming needed. On both units, on all 3 of the same Blu-Ray's I?ve watched, they don?t "resume" when you stop the disk. It starts up from scratch every time, from Load to Previews to Disk Menu to beginning of movie. Not sure if that?s normal? I thought only some disks don't resuem after stop.
As far as the Netflix streaming quality, I?d say it?s like a non-HD cable channel, only fit to the full, not stretched, 16:9 screen. I have no complaints there, after all it is streaming.
So I thought I was only trading down in price, but I was trading down quite a few very usable features as well. I?m going to return this one next, and I'm going to try the PS3, though not a gamer, and see if maybe it has any better features. I heard PS3?s are more user friendly and now that it offers Netflix, seems like a logical choice since I enjoyed Sony players so much before. If I don?t like the PS3, I might then try the LG. And if that one still doesn?t cut it, as of now, I?d most likely go back to the Samsung.
Pros EXCELLENT VALUE for having built-in Wi-Fi at its price, great picture quality, easy Wi-Fi setup
Cons Response to the remote control is terrible. Must point DIRECTLY at the player and even then had to push buttons 2 or 3 times before the player would respond. Might have better response if you have a universal remote you can program for this device.
Summary This could have been the been the absolute best valued DVD player out there for the price with having built-in Wi-Fi support, except for one seemingly minor but fatal flaw. I can't necessarily recommend agains this player, but you should definitely know what to expect of this flaw before you buy it. Some may be able to live with the flaw, and if you can, then it's an otherwise excellent blu-ray player. I can not and have returned this player becuase of it. It's such a good deal otherwise I really hated to but I just couldn't live with the flaw. First the positive. This is the best priced blu-ray player out there with built-in Wi-Fi, period. It's regular price is $179. I got it on sale for $149. Every other blu-ray player I've seen with built-in Wi-Fi costs $229 or higher. At $149 on sale this thing was a steal! Even at the regular price of $179 it's a heck of a deal. Picture quality is great. Never tried the Netflix streaming (I'm not a Netflix user) but other user reviews have said it worked well. The Wi-Fi was very easy to set up (I don't understand other reviews that say they've had trouble setting up the Wi-Fi, I can only guess they have problems with their Wi-Fi network in general). Plug a 4 Gb USB drive, which can be had for about $12 on sale these days, in the back and you're all set for BD-Live. Okay, now for the bad part, the flaw. The unit's response to the remote control is HORRIBLE. I had to point the remote DIRECTLY AT the player to get any response at all and even then I often had to press buttons 2 or 3 times before it responed. If you have a universal remote you can program it MAY work better. I have a high end Philips ProntoPro NG remote. I programmed the Pronto to control the DVD player and with regular Infrared it works fine. But I also have an RF (radio frequency) adapter for my Pronto remote and using that, it didn't work. I had to ge the RF receiver (the device that receives the RF and converts it back to infrared) about 10 ft from the front of the player before it would work. Well, my room is about 15 feet long and I normally have the RF receiver at the back of the room and it doesn't work from that distance. But if you use just plain infrared with a high quality universal remote, it will probably be fine. I'm not willing to live without the universal remote and radio frequency adapter capability. The remote control is my ONLY complaint about this device though. If it weren't for the remote problems, I would have given this device a full 5 stars. It's such a shame that an otherwise fantastic device, especially for its price, is shackled by what you'd think should be the least of your worries in how well the remote control responds.OH, I should add, it isn't just me reporting this issue with the remote control. There's several posts about it in forum threads at Insignia's community forum, and a few on other sites as well. In my case, I even exchanged it at the store for a different one and the 2nd one had the same exact problem, so it's a general issue with this model.
Updated on Feb 7, 2010
Pros Streaming feature has added great entertainment for the family! Easy to use. My 7 yr old is able to easily connect to netflix for the streaming. Picture quality is great...on regular DVDs. (Haven't tried a blu ray movie yet).
Cons A little loud during dvd load, but a still a quick load.
Summary Replaced an upconvert DVD player after it broke down. Bought primarily for the streaming, but overall it is a great unit. As this is my first Insignia product, I am impressed!
Pros what i like about this product is that you can stream netflix and pandora radio without too much hassle.
Cons can't connect to bd live even though i am hard plugged into my internet connection.
with verizon fios router i can't use wifi. customer service said it was due to having the wrong router. REALLY!?
Summary bottom line, if you just want a blu ray player that can play blu ray and dvds and stream pandora and netflix this is the one for you. if you want to use wifi call your internet provider and make sure that your router is compatible with the player. if you want to use the bd live feature that is on most blu rays that i own then dont get this player. if you are reading theis review and can tell me how to use it let me know. i keep getting asked to make sure that i am connected to the internet when i try even though i just used netflix. go figure.
BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK. luckily i got mine as a christmas present so i didn't waste the money.
Pros Does everything it's advertised to do seamlessly for half the price of similarly priced products with the same feature set. Netflix streaming quality is even better than I can get on my PC.
Cons Have to switch to PCM audio output when streaming Netflix.
No way to stream your network music
Summary I purchased this with the purpose of moving my Media Center PC to my office to replace an old computer there. Once I realized that I couldn't stream my network music, I began to wonder whether this was a good purchase. After seeing how seamlessly everthing else worked, and I found out I was able to play music files from a USB drive, It looks much better and doesn't have the quirks that my media center has when playing Blu-Rays or DVD's. Netflix streaming is at a much higher quality than my Media Center. FYI, the media center is Windows 7 Quad Core machine with 6GB RAM and is clean of spyware and viruses. I just can't take this back at this point even though I use the ability to play all of the music files from one directory using Winamp's great visualizations.