Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

July 15, 2014 - Comment

Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) 3D playback 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output Samsung Smart Hub enabled WiFi built-in Web browser 3D Smart Blu-ray player with built-In WiFi, Smart Hub, and Web Browser List Price: $ 229.99 Price: [wpramaprice asin="B0076R7FWQ"] [wpramareviews asin="B0076R7FWQ"] Related Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

  • 3D playback
  • 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output
  • Samsung Smart Hub enabled
  • WiFi built-in
  • Web browser

3D Smart Blu-ray player with built-In WiFi, Smart Hub, and Web Browser

Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

List Price: $ 229.99

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Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

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gamermwm says:
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2.0 out of 5 stars
Two Stars Forward, Three Stars Back, March 14, 2012
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This review is from: Samsung BD-E6500 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)

On the same day I received this bluray player, I was informed by Samsung that neither this BD-player nor any of this year’s bluray players (announced so far) will support 2D to 3D conversion. I was really let down by this, as my previous bluray player (the 2011 BD-D6700) was a sleeper hit as one of the BEST 2D-3D converters out there! Some have even said the 2011 Samsung 3D BD players were as good, or better than a 3D Bee stand-alone converter

One comparison that showed how good it was, is that I could pop in a 2D bluray and take turns converting it on both my 2011 D8000 Samsung 3DTV, and on my 2011 bluray player. The bluray player would always win hands down and the 2D to 3D conversion process was done 10x better by the D6700 than by the TV. If the result on both were supposed to be “near 3D results” I’d say the conversion on the TV was almost 2.5D while the BD player converted to a stunning 2.9D

So Samsung confirmed my fears that this player (the BD-E6500) would not convert 2D material, and I later found that this is also stated somewhere within the first few pages of the manual. I was very, very much looking forward to seeing how Samsung could have further refined the 2D-3D conversion process, and now I find out that my most beloved feature got the ax! If you’re not a 3D junkie, you may not care, but why spend 200+ on a 3D! blu ray player unless you actually care about the 3D features! Apparently Samsung never considered that!

So here’s what you do get with the E6500:
You are getting 1 gb of memory on board (pretty standard these days)
More way to connect with your other devices (Soft AP etc)
Disc to Digital feature (supposed to be the big feature $this year$)
2 HDMI INPUTS and 1 out (instead of 2 HDMI OUT as I loved having last year)
Functional Web Browser
3D playback from a 3D bluray
Up to 7.1 HD Audio

So when I first opened the box, I noticed that the BD player’s black/grey design was nice as expected. But unfortunately the remote looks small and cheap now. They changed it and made it a lot more compact, but even my wife thought it just looked cheaper

Ok, so here are some notes I made when I first got it, and added to later on. They cover pretty much everything you would like to know:

Product updates upon setup
Smart Hub updates upon setup
Several/almost all Apps update upon selection of an app (when you first use that app)
Feels like a step down from last year’s models, for being the highest model released this year
The BD player’s menu is a little faster/smoother to navigate than last year
The menu system has been overhauled and is now identical to last year’s Samsung HDTV’s menus

I was not impressed by the Web Browser. In fact I couldnt’ stand it after about 1 minute of use with the directional pad of the remote as my “mouse”. There is an option to use a wireless keyboard or mouse with this player and I did and went back and found the browser quite usable. It even lets you move the mouse around within the Smart Hub itself which is nice. I’d say the browser speed and functionality are comparable to the browser’s on last year’s higher end Samsung Tv’s. Browser could be and should be faster for the price point. If they added a dual core processor to these bluray players (like they are doing with the 2012 high end TV’s and like even most smart phone’s these days include) it might make their web browsers worth using everyday. As is, it’s not

The Youtube function seemed to work well enough
When entereing text with the remote, an onscreen keyboard pops up instead of the horrendous numerical pad of pre2012
The Family Story and other “BIG” primary features seem lost in translation. Give this thing some more processor power and speed and maybe then your whole family might consider making it the “hub” of their network

I see a lot of people getting excited about the Disc to Digital feature. I’m not and never have been impressed. Could it be handy to have digital copies available on the go? Yes. But isn’t that why most blu ray combo packs already come with “digital copies?” If you already have those, why the need to pay around $1 for each movie that you want to use the disc to digital feature for? It’s no coincidence that it’s not free, and that it’s this year’s big feature

2 HDMI in. Why? For those who don’t have a sound receiver? Why would you want to spend $200 or more on a blu ray player that puts out 7.1 sound if you don’t even have a sound receiver as your “hub” with hdmi inputs anyway? Dual HDMI OUT would have been more useful, both for those whose receivers aren’t 3D capable and for those who just want to send a separate hdmi out for their video – pristine and untouched directly to the TV

I could not find an HBO Go app (but it is an available app on my Samsung tv for some reason)
There is still no Amazon video…

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Anonymous says:
3.0 out of 5 stars
Its Main Feature Isn’t Implemented Yet, March 19, 2012
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I upgraded to this Blu-ray player from a Sony model that had stuttering 3D video and a clunky, unreliable Hulu+ interface. I also wanted to give UltraViolet digital copies a chance, and this Blu-ray player is supposed to get such movies to my TV.

Unfortunately, the UltraViolet “Disc-to-Digital” feature isn’t implemented yet! When you try to get a digital copy, you simply get a message about how the Flixster app will “soon” let you unlock UltraViolet digital copies from select DVDs (not Blu-rays, oddly enough). On that note, this player codifies some of the things I dislike about the UltraViolet format: it appears to require two accounts, one for UltraViolet and a second for Flixster, and movie support is limited.

This player also has the feel of a “beta” product when you first receive it. I don’t know if Samsung will improve the experience in the future, but right now you need to spend hours downloading and installing updates to the player, the Samsung Smart Hub, and some of its apps (like the web browser).

Speaking of the web browser, it’s terrible. Pages render slowly, javascript animations are choppy and trying to navigate via the remote is excrutiatingly slow! It can literally take minutes to navigate the links of a single page. You’d think the player’s smart phone app touch pad would help with this, but it’s even worse/slower to move around. The good news is that the web browser appears to support Flash, but the first video I tried to watch had audio-only with a black picture, so it appears to be buggy. In short, forget that the web browser exists. Technically it’s a “feature” of this player, but there’s no way you’ll want to actually use it.

Beyond that, this is a pretty decent Blu-ray player. Samsung always has elegant design, and the buttonless touch controls and thinness of the device definitely look good.

The Hulu+ interface is also attractive and easy enough to get around.

The ability to download an iPhone or Android app to act as a remote is also very cool and worked well when I tried it.

Blu-ray video quality, even 3D, was great (as is the case for most models these days) and I always love when a device is Energy Star certfied!

The built-in storage is pretty limited (a few hundred MB), the WiFi isn’t dual band, and the processor feels a bit slow for what this player tries to do (*ahem* web browser), but I wouldn’t say I regret the purchase since it works for most of what I want to use it for.

I’ll update this review as the product is updated, and you can probably expect a jump to 4 stars once “Disc to Digital” works.

On a side note, for those whose homes have WiFi, but too much interference on the 2.4 GHZ band, I recommend getting a dual-band wireless bridge like Apple’s Airport Express or a powerline bridge like the ZyXEL PLA407 so that you can set up an ethernet connection to the Blu-ray player. That’s what I had to do.

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