Blu-ray Players

Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player


Design and Setup of the Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player

The trend this year with Blu-ray players seems to be designs that you aren't supposed to put something on top of. Sony has a strange angled top on their line, and Samsung has gone even further by putting touch sensitive controls on the top of the BD-F5900 player. In doing so, Samsung has also created a player with a design that I am not a fan of for multiple reasons.

First, the touch-sensitive buttons mean that if you put a device on top of the BD-F5900, you can't power it on, open or close the disc tray, or do anything else because those buttons are now hidden. Second, those buttons are very sensitive, and I often found myself slightly brushing over them, which caused my movie to stop and eject, or the player to power down. There is no option in the settings to disable the touch sensitivity and only use the remote. Finally, when I did place another device on top of the Samsung, the Wi-Fi connection instantly stopped working well. Netflix would continually buffer, and trying to play back an HDX file in Vudu didn't work. It seems the Samsung is designed to not have anything on top of it, no matter what.

The rear of the BD-F5900 is very basic, with an HDMI port, coaxial audio, and Ethernet. A rear USB port would be nice, but the only available one is on the front of the unit. If you want to utilize BD-LIVE you'll need a USB drive sticking off the front of the player. One nice thing in the Samsung design is the remote control. The playback buttons are visible in the dark, which makes it much easier to use than the remotes from other players. It isn't fully backlit, but it is better than the competition.

Setup of the Samsung BD-F5900 is quick and easy with the automated tutorial it runs you through. There was a firmware update for my player, but it installed quickly and I was up and running in under 10 minutes probably.