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Samsung BD-F7500

Est. $250
Reviewed
July 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Samsung BD-F7500

Pros
  • Great picture quality
  • Solid performance
  • Feature packed
Cons
  • Clunky remote design
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Bottom line

The Samsung BD-F7500 puts tons of smart TV-watching capabilities at your fingertips while also delivering top-notch picture performance. It has got a few quirks -- including slower load times than some other Blu-ray players -- but ample perks outweigh them in the end.

Picture quality

Great picture by most accounts. Between satisfied users and seasoned reviewers, the Samsung elicits substantial praise for its sharp, detailed picture. While Blu-ray Discs look terrific (no surprise), PCMag.com's Will Greenwald notes some signal-processing bobbles with Blu-rays, that show up in bench testing but cannot be seen in normal viewing. Video scaling is also quite good, with most experts saying that it's among the best when it comes to getting all the available video quality out of standard DVDs. Looking ahead, it's also capable of scaling content to 4K, for those who might someday be interested in one of the new generation of UHD sets.

Performance

Fast enough for most. While it's not the speediest Blu-ray player on the market, the BD-F7500 is still faster than much of the competition. It takes a hair over 21 seconds from the moment you pop a Blu-ray disk in to the point where it spins up and gets started, reports PCMag.com, while Britain's Expert Reviews coaxed a time of 20 seconds for the same feat. Whether that's fast enough is in the eye of the beholder, but most users and experts find that it is.

Usability

Easy to use, but the remote could be better. Samsung's Smart Hub is one of the most comprehensive streaming portals available, which is why it's a very good thing that Samsung redesigned the user interface to clean up the clutter of earlier versions. TrustedReviews.com's Danny Phillips calls the updated menus and user interface some of the best elements of the 2013 design. Among the innovations is a feature that will automatically find and recommend content based on your viewing preferences. A
screen-mirroring feature will transfer content from your mobile device to your TV, but it only works with Samsung devices, and not all that reliably with some, PCMag.com's Will Greenwald says. He also complains a bit about some aspects of the remote, noting that the button shape and layout can make navigating menus a little harder than it needs to be. User feedback is above average. We noted the typical gripes about Wi-Fi connectivity or performance, but far fewer than with most earlier Blu-ray players, and no comments at all about disc compatibility issues.

Features

No one has more. The Samsung BD-F7500 is packed to the gills with extras. We've touched upon streaming, of course, so there's no need to rehash things here beyond saying that Wi-Fi is built in, as you would expect in a mid-range Blu-ray player such as this one. There's also 3D, and reports say that performance with 3D discs is outstanding. Connectivity is comprehensive, including two HDMI inputs and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs.

Value

A mid-range player at a mid-range price. If you want the best Blu-ray player that money can buy, stop reading now and go out and get the Oppo BDP-103 (Est. $500) . The Oppo enjoys lightning-fast speeds and rock-solid build quality that's unquestionably a step above what the Samsung player offers. However, if the bottom line matters, you can get picture quality that's nearly as pristine and better online features for less than half the price with the Samsung BD-F7500. On the other hand, if you don't need the robust connectivity of players like the BD-F7500, budget players like the Sony BDP-S5100 (Est. $120) offer picture quality that's on a par -- at least in most viewers' eyes -- and are otherwise well equipped and even more budget friendly.

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Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

PCMag.com's Will Greenwald provides the least positive assessment of the Samsung BD-F7500, though he still grants it a rating of Good. His most serious objections are over some poor test-bench results that he says do not show up in real-world viewing; these are not reported elsewhere. He also takes more issue with load times than some other experts.

Review: Samsung BD-F7500, Will Greenwald, May 21, 2013

2. TrustedReviews.com

The Samsung BD-F7500 earns a Recommended rating and a 9 (out of 10) score from TrustredReviews.com's Danny Phillips. He particularly likes the new streamlined user interface and rates this Blu-ray player highly for its "stunning picture quality," particularly for 3D. He says minor complaints like the cumbersome remote and lengthy AllShare menu sequence aren't deal breakers.

Review: Samsung BD-F7500 Review, Danny Phillips, March 27, 2013

3. Expert Reviews

This review, from Britain's Expert Reviews, finds lots to like in the Samsung BD-F5700. Tom Morgan calls it "one of the most comprehensive Blu-ray players around," especially for those who own compatible Samsung gear. He calls a competing Sony player a better value based on price, but that's before a price cut made the Samsung Blu-ray player less expensive. Overall, it earns 5 stars.

Review: Samsung BD-F7500 Review, Tom Morgan, March 6, 2013

4. ConsumerReports.org

The Samsung BD-F7500 is included among the many Blu-ray players tested here. Evaluations are hands-on and discussion is aimed so as to not overwhelm novices, but is brief. Players are rated and ranked.

Review: Samsung BD-F7500, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

5. Amazon.com

Users at Amazon.com offer lots of positive feedback on the Samsung BD-F7500, giving it a grade of 4.2 out of 5 stars. Most of the 50 owners posting are pleased with this Blu-ray player's performance, citing great picture and fast disc-load times as pros. Some negatives are noted in a few reviews -- such as challenges getting Wi-Fi networking to work -- though too few to establish any pattern.

Review: Samsung BD-F7500 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013

6. BestBuy.com

Though it's based on fewer reviews (around 20), satisfaction with the Samsung BD-F7500 is even higher at BestBuy.com, where it rates a grade of 4.6 stars. Roughly 90 percent say that they would recommend the Blu-ray player to a friend.

Review: Samsung - Smart 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of July 2013

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