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Samsung BD-E6100 review

Bargain Blu-ray player chucks in 3D and Smart Hub apps

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent 2D and 3D
  • AllShare Play GUI
  • Video file support
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Against

  • Menus slow to load
  • Smart Hub content
  • Advertising on Smart Hub
  • Limited ins and outs

Apart from its slender dimensions (37 x 430 x 194.5mm), the Samsung BD-E6100 is typical Samsung Blu-ray fare when judged purely on looks; flimsily built, but dressed in a gloss black brushed finish, it performs another brand signature by seeming awfully good value for money.

Much of that impression is down to its skill with both 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs, although Samsung's Smart Hub services will be just as appealing to some. It's a service that's been challenging Sony's net TV efforts for domination over the last few years, but we do have a few worries about the direction it's headed in.

It's no longer just a place for apps and on-demand video, with the home screen dominated by shortcuts to Samsung Apps, Your Video, Family Story, Fitness and Kids.

Samsung BD E6100 review

Underneath all of that are shortcuts to second-rung apps, which can be customised. They include Twitter, Vimeo, Teletext Holidays, YouTube and Box Office 365 by default, while up top are the highlights; Netflix, Facebook, Acetrax movie streaming, Picasa and Dailymotion.

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Why no BBC iPlayer? It's an odd omission and one we're sure will appear via a software update soon (seeing as it was included on Smart Hub last year), but even with on-demand BBC shows we'd question the absence of other services such as the other terrestrial and pay TV on-demand services, and LoveFilm.

Netflix and Acetrax are fine, but there are few must-watch movies. The more libraries to trawl through, the better, in our opinion, although the no-show for Samsung's 3D App is almost as annoying.

There's also a selection of games, such as Sudoku, TV Darts, Memory and Family Dice. Whether they're aimed at kids or adults, Samsung obviously hasn't heard of the Nintendo DS or smartphones.

The Sports category contains only a Fitness VOD and Yoga Helper, while Lifestyle is more useful - here you'll find Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Google Talk and vTuner radio.

Samsung BD E6100 review

Within Information is USA Today, AccuWeather and the History Channel's This Day In History. Nothing to get particularly excited about, then.

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In contrast, the ins and outs on the Samsung BD-E6100 Blu-ray player are few, with just an Ethernet LAN for wired Smart Hub-ing to accompany the built-in Wi-Fi module.

There's also a single HDMI output, a coaxial digital output, and a front-loading USB slot. Beside the latter are three hard-buttons (no sign of the touch-sensitive controls of high-end Samsung Blu-ray players) and a green LED-lit display.

As well as playing 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs, the Samsung BD-E6100's pop-out disc tray plays all kinds of DVDs (including recordable and rewritable), CD-R, CD-RW and CD DA discs.

The Samsung BD-E6100, priced at £130 (about $210), also includes a Soft AP (Access Point) feature. If the deck is wired in to a router, this creates a Wi-Fi network.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutNo
3D Type3D
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSamsung
Audio FormatsCD-DA, AAC, MP3, WMA
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, DivX HD, AVCHD, MKV, WMV
Green CompliantYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption17 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Composite VideoNo
Component VideoNo
Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Video Signal FormatPAL
Height37 mm
Width430 mm
Depth194.5 mm
ColourBlack
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
FeaturesOn Screen Display
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelBD-E6100
Product NameBD-E6100 Smart 3D Blu-ray & DVD Player with Wifi
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberBD-E6100/XU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Wirelessly access and stream your content
Make the most of all your content and devices with wireless sharing. Thanks to AllShare Play, you can stream movies, photos, music and more from any compatible devices nearby, including PCs. Cloud technology and Samsung web storage give you even greater freedom and mobility, allowing you to access and share multimedia when you're away from home, too. Now you can enjoy all your favourite content on your TV or away from it.

Package Contents
  • BD-E6100 Smart 3D Blu-ray & DVD Player with Wifi
  • Battery
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
Remote ControlYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.80 kg