Samsung BD-F5500 review
|Review: March 2013|
In a nutshell: The BD-F5500 Blu-Ray player includes 3D playback and native apps for BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm and YouTube.
Design & looks
Samsung's 2013 Blu-Ray players feature an unusual asymmetric design with a curved corner. Apart from this, the design is quite plain, with a tray deck and touch key control button. The player is Energy Star 2.0 compliant and in-use energy consumption is an almost negligible 8.8W.
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. The F5500 is a step up from the entry-level F5100 as it can also play 3D Blu-Ray disks.
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.
The BD-F5500 includes popular Smart TV apps like YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Netflix, LoveFilm and Facebook as native apps for ease-of-use.
The player connects to a HD Ready TV via HDMI and there's a coaxial digital audio output for connecting to an external speaker system.
A USB port in the front panel lets you plug in a USB or external hard drive and access music, photos or videos on your TV.
An ethernet connection enables internet access, but there's no built-in Wi-Fi.
If you have a Samsung TV, the Anynet+ feature lets you use just one remote control to control both devices.
Conclusion - a good 3D player, but missing Wi-Fi
The BD-F5500 is a step up from the entry-level BD-F5100, with the addition of 3D Blu-Ray playback. Accessing the BBC iPlayer, YouTube and LoveFilm is easy with the built-in apps. However, at an asking price of £90 we're wondering why there's no Wi-Fi support included.
Samsung BD-F5500 features include:
- Playable disks: Blu-Ray (including 3D), DVD, CD, VCD 1.1
- Decoding: MPEG 2/4, DivX, DivX HD, AVCHD, MKV, WMV, JPEG formats
- BD Wise, BD Profile 5.0
- Audio: Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD, 2 Channel DTS & Dolby decoding
- Connectivity: HDMI, ethernet, USB 2.0, coaxial digital audio output, AnyNet+ (HDMI-CEC), AllShare (DLNA only)
- Remote Controller
- Power consumption: 8.8W
- Size: 360 x 39 x 196mm
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Average rating from 5 reviews:
Reviewed by Moriss
on 14th Jan 2016
A good player, but no wifi, no display and sometimes is crashing and must be unplugged for about 30 seconds and start over. One time when i was listening music from a memory stick it start opening the youtube channel over and over even when i try to watch a movie. I think it was some virus. After factory reset it was working fine. Īn the settings menu some settings are set by default to auto and it cant be changed. This is a big inconvenience. After all you can buy it. It is a nice and good player.
Reviewed by Hugo
on 24th Feb 2014
Great Blu-ray player-but having problems connecting it via a wi-fi dongle! Anyone have any ideas???
Reply by Steve
on 2nd Aug 2014
Sorry can you tell me what make wifi dongle is
Reply by Alonso
on 1st Oct 2014
Unfortunately the only way to connect this bluray to internet is through a lan cable. No wifi.
Reviewed by Tony
on 4th Feb 2014
Sorry for stating that you might be doing something wrong,
I can now tell you that the f5500 has not got lovefilm on
I've sent mine back
Reviewed by tony
on 23rd Jan 2014
i and two of my friends have this model ,it does have lovefilm,u must be doing somehing wrong
Reviewed by Peter from UK on 26th Mar 2013
Doesn't have Lovefilm only Netflix, right pain as I bought it for Lovefilm. Everything else is good. 2 stars as they lied about lovefilm.
Reply by tony
on 23rd Jan 2014
it does have lovefilm u must be doing something wrong ,my two friends also have this same model ,its fine. kind regards