PROS / The Samsung BD-J5900 has excellent software options, thanks to its Opera application store support.
CONS / The player lacks premium video features like 4K support.
VERDICT / Its lack of high-end features aside, the Samsung BD-J5900 covers the basics for a 3D Blu-ray player extremely well.
On its inside and outside, the Samsung BD-J5900 offers a strong suite of features for home users. Internally, the 3D Blu-ray player supports the usual array of premium picture settings, including deep color and 24p playback. This works alongside support for audio standards like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. While the player lacks premium options like 4K upscaling, its base features are a strong fit for home users and those just looking for the basics.
In our hands-on testing, 3D playback of the movie "Gravity" was smooth, and the player functioned without any issues. Its minimalist software was a strength during our boot test, in which we timed how long it took the player to reach its home screen on stock settings. The Samsung's mark of 6.8 seconds was in line with comparable mainstream 3D Blu-ray players.
The J5900's software also proves to be a strength in other areas. Samsung's operating system is cleanly designed and easy to navigate. For instance, its settings menus are divided up into two main onscreen tabs. Compared to competing Blu-Ray players – which often feature a series of nested menus and sub-menus – the design is very user friendly.
This Blu-ray player also features a standard suite of streaming apps for services like Netflix. The Samsung's software library is supplemented with an app store from third-party provider Opera Software, but most users can find plenty to work with in the player's stock options.
Externally, the Samsung covers the expected bases. With dimensions of 14.2 x 7.7 x 1.6 inches and a weight of 1.1 pounds, the J5900 can fit into a home theater system with relative ease. The textured black exterior gives the player a distinctive appearance. The rest of the player includes Ethernet and Wi-Fi support, along with a single USB and coaxial audio port.
By default, Samsung offers a one-year warranty on the J5900. The manufacturer also provides support through several methods, including phone agents, web chat and an online troubleshooting hub.
As an entry-level Blu-ray player, there's a lot to like about the Samsung BD-J5900. While its feature set keeps it a step behind the best 3D Blu-ray players, its strong build quality and software options make it a versatile addition to a basic home theater setup.