Sony BDP-S3700 review
|Review: April 2016|
In a nutshell: The Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-Ray player is an excellent mid-range device, offering playback of 2D Blu-Ray disks, DVDs & CDs, as well as streaming content from Netflix, the BBC iPlayer and from connected smartphones, tablets and PCs. Fast Wi-Fi support is built-in, and the balance of features will be just right for the majority of users.
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Design & looks
The Sony BDPS-3700 shares the same look and design as the Sony BDPS-3500 player from 2015. It's an unassuming design that will blend in easily next to your TV. Its key features are its compact size and plain black finish. A simple remote control is supplied in the sales package.
The BDP-S3700 is a mid-range model, so it doesn't support 3D disks, but everything else we'd want is here - support for Blu-ray, DVD and CD disks, with upscaling of DVDs to 1080p HD.
The device also supports 24p cinema playback, 16-bit deep colour, and Triluminos.
One of the best features of the S3700 is its support for multimedia and smart content. When connected to the internet, it gives you access to a good range of catch-up TV services including the BBC iPlayer, and streaming service Netflix.
In addition to streaming content from the internet, you can also access music, photos, and videos stored on devices connected to your home network, using DLNA. You can also access content from USB devices. Screen mirroring of Miracast-compatible tablets and smartphones is also supported.
The device comes with HDMI output and a coaxial audio output, as well as a USB input.
Networking is supported via a wired ethernet connection, and also built-in Wi-Fi. The S3700 uses 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and a multi-antenna MIMO format to ensure a fast and reliable data connection.
Sony's SideView app lets you control the player with an iOS/Android phone or tablet.
Conclusion - recommended
The Sony BDP-S3700 looks set to be Sony's most popular Blu-Ray player for 2016, thanks to its well-balanced set of features. The player omits 3D playback, but includes Wi-Fi support and smart content, making it the "Goldilocks" option for the majority of people.
Costing £90 at launch, our target price for the BDPS3700 is £70, and it ought to reach this price before Christmas 2016, making it a recommended buy from us here at S21! In the meantime, you can save yourself a few quid by choosing last year's Sony BDPS3500, as there's really no practical difference comparing the BDP-S3500 vs the BDP-S3700.
Sony BDP-S3700 features include:
- Playable disks: Blu-Ray, DVD, CD
- 24p cinema, 16 bit deep colour, Triluminos, HD upscaling
- Connectivity: HDMI output, Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/MIMO), ethernet, USB input, digital audio output (coaxial), DLNA
- Parental control & child lock
- Remote Control RMT-VB201U
- Power consumption: 9.2W (0.25W in standby)
- Size (W x H x D): 230 x 39 x 194 mm
Got a question? This is the place to ask it!
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Can I get UKTV play and ITV HUB with the S3700?
Asked by sandra
on 17th Nov 2016
I have just brought a S3700 to convert my TV into a smart TV, BUT I cannot find any ITV channels or catchup . Can any one help.
Thank you Sandra
Reply by Paul
on 2nd Jan 2017
I know this might sound daft, but have you connected the player to your home network? (internet), it sounds like your player isn't connected!
Can I use this product on my iMac in HD?
Asked by Brian
on 26th Feb 2016
Sony BDP-S3700 user reviews
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Average rating from 2 reviews:
Reviewed by James S. Sobek
on 26th Feb 2018
I have purchased three from Best Buy. All three have failed the same way. They won’t shut off. They won’t eject my disk. And, they won’t play. I’m taking the third one back tomorrow. I have other Sony products and they work just fine. There is something wrong with this one. I do not recommend.
Reviewed by David
on 12th Jul 2016
This player works fine except for the iPlayer which will not function. No one seems to want to sort this out.