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Sony BDP-S3100 review

 Review: March 2013  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: This Blu-Ray player has a premium, stylish design and includes built-in Wi-Fi, but is missing the ability to play 3D disks.



 

Review

The Sony BDP-S3100 adds Wi-Fi and DNLA connectivity and supports the new TV Side View smartphone app, but is otherwise the same as the BDP-S1100.

Design & looks

The BDP-S3100 shares the same angular "Quartz" design as the entry-level S1100. It's certainly very different from the usual boxy design of Blu-Ray players from other manufacturers, and could be a reason in itself to choose Sony. The design features a fully encased optical drive, which Sony claims reduces internal dust.

Playback

You'd expect a Blu-Ray player at this price point to handle 3D disks, but it doesn't. Only 2D disks are playable, although it will also accept DVDs (with upscaling to 1080p) and audio CDs.

The player supports the 16 bit deep colour standard and also Sony's new Triluminos LED backlighting system, so you should choose a Sony Triluminos Blu-Ray player if you plan to buy one of Sony's new Triluminos TVs in the future.

BD-Live 2.0 enables you to download additional content via an internet connection.

Sony Entertainment Network

The Sony Entertainment Network gives you internet access to online movies, catch-up TV, music and YouTube videos.

Connectivity

The player connects to a HD Ready TV via HDMI and there's a coaxial 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. DLNA is supported, so you can easily stream content from PCs, laptops, smartphones, etc. This could be a good reason to choose the S3100 over the entry-level S1100, which doesn't support DNLA.

For internet access, you have a choice of using an ethernet connection or the built-in Wi-Fi. This is another advantage of the S3100 over the cheaper model.

A new smartphone app called TV Side View is available for use with the S3100. This allows you to use an iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet as a remote control or mouse for browsing the web.

Conclusion

The BDP-S3100 is a nice-looking Blu-Ray player, but beyond its distinctive design, there's no compelling reason to choose this over rivals from other manufacturers. The Triluminos compatibility could be relevant if you plan to buy a Sony TV in the future that supports Triluminos, but at present these are far too expensive for the average consumer to consider.

It's a step up from the entry-level BDP-S1100, adding Wi-Fi, DLNA and support for Sony's TV Side View smartphone app.

But compared with rivals such as the LG BP620, Samsung BD-E6100 or Panasonic DMP-BDT220, the Sony seems to be overpriced. Only Sony loyalists should consider it.


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Reviewed by Rich from Wales on 11th Jan 2014
I picked this up this morning at 10am its now 4 in the afternoon and this thing will not connect to my home Wifi network a wired connection is fine but wifi no go ... tried nearly everything I have had zero problem with all other devices in the past
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Reviewed by Dan from USA on 4th Dec 2013
This is a great player for the price. It connects easily to my wifi and I can stream YouTube , Netflix, and other programs. It also has so many free apps like free movies, free radio... I've owned this for a couple weeks and still haven't went thru all the aps that are on this device. I would deffinetly recommend this player.

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Reviewed by cat from canada on 7th Nov 2013
Don't by this if you want to connect to an external audio system . NO AUDIO will come through the HDMI cable to the external audio system. All is fine if you are connecting to a tv .
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Reviewed by Jason from US on 17th Jun 2013
This is the second unit that the screen has gone black on. No movie, no menu, just black screen.
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