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Samsung BD-E5300 review

 Review: January 2013  

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: This entry-level Blu-Ray player is a real bargain!


Design & looks

There's not much to say about the way the BD-E5300 looks. It looks like a Blu-Ray player! It's black, it's boxy and it has an LED front display. It's a compact design though, if space is an issue - perhaps in a bedroom.


The player can play Blu-Ray disks as well as DVDs, including DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW. It can also play CDs, including CD-R and CD-RW.

When playing DVDs, the player can upscale to HD using Samsung's BD Wise feature. This also adjusts settings such as contrast and colour balance, and gives the best results for older DVDs.

Audio quality is good, with support for HD audio formats.

Smart Hub

By connecting the device to the internet, you can use it to access Samsung's Smart Hub services, including the BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.


The player connects to a HD Ready TV via HDMI and there's an optical audio output for connecting to an external speaker system.

A USB port lets you plug in a USB drive and access music, photos or videos on your TV.

An ethernet connection enables internet access.

If you have a Samsung TV, the Anynet+ feature lets you use just one remote control to control both devices.

Conclusion - so cheap it must be good!

This is a basic Blu-Ray player, but it's also the cheapest player we've reviewed. There are boxed sets of Blu-Ray disks that cost more than this player! If this was a mobile phone it would be in the entry-level Pay as you Go category, which gives you an idea of how much technology you are getting for your money.

So, if you're looking for a good Blu-Ray player and really don't want to spend a penny more than necessary, then stop here and buy it. Spend more on the BD-E5500 and you can get 3D and a Wi-Fi option, but really there's not a lot else you're missing. It's not Samsung's best-selling player for nothing!

Samsung BD-E5300 features include:

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Player blocks audio?

Asked by PAUL CAHILL from Usa on 25th Nov 2017
About 15 minutes into a DVD feature, the audio cuts out and a notice on the screen says that playback is unauthorized. This happens with about half the DVDs I rent.

How can I correct the problem?

Can it play old home made DVD's without any problem?

Asked by Ron Essen from UK on 5th Jan 2017

Does it have a repeat function if you wish to play a dvd over and over again?

Asked by Jan sellers from England on 29th Jun 2016

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