For only $77.99, the Samsung BD-J5100 is an ideal bare-bones Blu-Ray player that has a surprisingly fast loading time. This lightweight, compact model won’t take up much space in your entertainment station, and it includes HDMI, USB, Ethernet, and HDMI-CEC ports. We liked the quick-start option, which keeps the player in an active sleep mode; when you’re ready to start it up, it boots up right away. We have no complaints about the 1080p picture quality. If you don’t care that this model has no Wi-Fi and you have to connect it to a router, then you’ll be pleased with its affordable price and simple interface. Our only major complaint is that it doesn’t have a light to indicate when it’s on.
Loads Blu-Rays quickly without lagging
Great picture quality, even upscaling DVDs
Connects to Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora easily
Includes buttons on the player in addition to the remote
Great quality budget model
No external display, so you can’t tell whether it’s on or off
|Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve|