PROS / The Samsung BD-F5900 3D Blu-ray player interface includes a full web browser that you can use to check email, update your Facebook status or tweet your friends about what you're watching.
CONS / I/O ports are scarce, with only one HDMI input and one USB port on the entire player.
VERDICT / Although lacking in 4K upscaling and I/O ports, the Samsung BD-F5900 is still one of the best 3D Blu-ray players available for giving you a comprehensive assortment of online streaming services.
One look at the name Samsung, a brand synonymous with mobility, might lead you to guess the BD-F5900 3D Blu-ray player is more adept at running apps than playing actual discs. In that case you'd only be half-right. Billing it as a "smart Blu-ray player," Samsung places greater emphasis on the player's role as an all-encompassing media hub for wireless viewing. But that doesn't mean it's not also capable of playing a wide array of disc types, including 3D Blu-ray.
On close inspection, the F5900 is loaded with the kinds of features that are becoming the hallmark of home theater hubs: built-in Wi-Fi, apps galore and a Smart Hub that provides you with a central location for all your video, audio and photo content. There's even a full web browser built into the player's interface that you can use to surf the web from your TV set.
Aside from being an app-centric device, the F5900 also knows its way around various discs and file types. It can handle a diversity of physical media, including DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW and USB drives. Likewise, it supports playback of a decent assortment of file types, like MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, DivX HD, AVCHD, MKV, WMV and MPO.
The video quality and 3D performance rates high on this player. Its audio capabilities are equally good, offering support for both DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. The player doesn't play back SACD, but it should be noted that fewer than half of the players in our top 10 3D Blu-ray player reviews do.
The lackluster number of I/O ports – only one HDMI out and just a single USB port – is a drawback if you prefer to physically connect external devices to your player. That said, the presence of Samsung AllShare Play, which lets you stream wirelessly from other compatible devices, helps balance that out.
Samsung's BD-F5900 is a combination of a streaming media box and Blu-ray 3D player, so it's something like the best of both worlds for your home theater. This 3D player can handle a wide selection of disc types and also deliver on your choices in streaming media.