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Samsung BD-F6500 review

Tom Morgan
23 Jan 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
95
inc VAT

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All the features you could want at a great price. You can’t get better for less

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Must-have features such as smart TV, DLNA playback and integrated Wi-Fi are filtering down to mainstream Blu-ray players. This means there’s no longer any need to spend a fortune on a high-end model that does everything. Instead, you can buy the Samsung BD-F6500, which costs less than £100 and has built-in Wi-Fi, lots of image quality settings and many online services such as catch-up TV and social media portals.

Samsung BD-F6500

The BD-F6500 is rather unassuming for such a feature-packed deck, as it has a simple black plastic design. However, it won’t look out of place in your AV rack. The only flourish is a single curved edge, with four touch-sensitive buttons placed on the top panel to turn the player on or play, stop and eject discs. This arrangement isn’t particularly convenient if you’ll be slotting the player between two other set-top boxes, but even then it wouldn’t be too much of a problem as you can perform those functions with the remote control.

Most likely, you’ll have to place the BD-F6500 on top of your existing equipment rather than underneath, as it’s very compact, being just 36cm across.

The BD-F6500’s back panel is a little spartan, with just a single HDMI output, an optical digital audio output and an Ethernet port. You may not even need to use the Ethernet port, as the BD-F6500 has integrated Wi-Fi, but it’s good to have it in case you need to use HomePlug adaptors to get the best data transfer rates. Sadly, the BD-F6500 doesn’t have RCA outputs, which may be a problem for some potential users who want to use it with older amplifiers that lack digital inputs.

Samsung BD-F6500

The BD-F6500’s front panel is just as lightly decorated. There’s a single line LCD display in the middle and a plain disc tray to the side. The LCD screen is very bright, but we couldn’t find an option to dim or disable it in the menu. There’s also a single USB port that’s hidden beneath a plastic flap. This port is handy for playing multimedia files from a flash drive or external hard disk, especially as the BD-F6500 has excellent file format support.Samsung has some of the best file format support. We could play all our test files, including lossless FLAC audio and DivX video, without any issues. The BD-F6500 can also stream content from networked PCs, NAS devices and smartphones that support DLNA, even if Samsung confusingly calls the feature AllShare Play.

Samsung BD-F6500

It’s easy enough to find your way through the menu system, as even though the F6500 doesn’t have the same home screen setup as the company’s 2013 TVs, the simplified version seen here is all you need. Your content is separated into a separate section, away from the huge list of built-in apps and services. Samsung has always been ahead of the pack when it comes to smart TV features, and the BD-F6500 is no exception. You get catch-up services from all four main UK broadcasters, along with Netflix and LoveFilm. Lesser known services such as KnowHow movies, Blinkbox and Wuaki.tv are all here too, so you should never run out of things to watch. The BD-F6500 also provides Facebook and Twitter clients, and a full web browser, but you’ll struggle to navigate through most web pages without a mouse and keyboard.

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