"The Best Buy in Blu-Ray Players!"5.0 starson by sroodvoets
Pros: Built-in Blu-ray player, hard drive, Wi-fi, gaming, easy to set up and use, great list of supported formats including DivX, can operate with my Harmony universal remote with a simple $29 I/R reader, easy wi-fi connection to Macs with proper software.
Cons: Can't get Netflix on-line in Canada, would prefer a built-in I/R reader so i didn't have to purchase one.
Summary: I highly recommend the PS3 120 GB Slim to anyone considering adding a Blu-ray player to their home entertainment system. Compare it feature by feature to any stand-along Blu-ray player and it offers as much or more than anything else for the money. Any $150 Cdn Blu-ray player will play movies just fine, but if you want on-board wi-fi for easy firmware updates you're into the $250+ area. And by the way, this unit lets you play games if you are so inclined.
A notable feature is the wide range of supported video and audio formats. I'm not aware of anything that this unit will not play, while many of the lower priced Blu-ray players have limits. I originally bought a Sony BDP-S360 and decided to return it when I realized it wouldn't play some of the discs that my kids school plays and photos were saved on. Not sure what format they were, but the PS3 plays them.
The only drawback to the PS3 is it's lack of an infrared remote reader. This can be a minor pain to anyone who is making this part of a full entertainment system and is using a nice universal remote. But even this minor issue is easily solved by purchasing a separate I/R reader that plugs into the USB slot. I bought the PS3IR-X1 for $30 from Schartz.com and it works great with my Harmony remote - just needed to manually assign the OK button on the remote as the X button on the PS3 and all is well.
The slim design also allows the PS3 to fit in a regular audio component rack unlike the earlier PS3.
The hard drive is useful for storing photos and the slideshow software that Sony provides is very nice - the 'Ken Burns' effect seems to automatically zoom in on faces in the photos. It's also very easy to link to home computers via wi-fi and do live slide shows or play music without physically connecting the computers to the system.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this device.
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