I picked the wired version today. All of the prices in-store said $179.99, but it rang up as $149.99 before coupon. I'm guessing one department didn't talk to the other at Best Buy Corporate, and now they're working to reduce the price again, because it did also list $179.99 for a few days on bestbuy.com.
I'm migrating from a BD-ROM PC drive with PowerDVD, and I was expecting the worst with regard to load times, after reading about multi-minute waits on standalone units. But this is pretty quick: 45 seconds from power button to movie load. The drive is pretty loud when seeking, but is very quiet during the movie play itself.
It seems to want to always default to 1080i when playing a 1080p movie on my 720p screen, probably because that's more work for the TV to do and less work for it. The non-movie menu navigation defaults to 720p though, and I can step down from 1080i all the way to 480i once the movie is playing.
Netflix is nice, but has mostly been talked about here. I like how I just had to enter a code into my Netflix account, rather than typing out my email address and password through the 10-key interface.
My biggest annoyance is the IR receiver. You have to have the remote pointed more or less at the unit for it to register. It's definitely the receiver and not the remote itself, as I got my Harmony programmed and it has the same limitations. Maybe I'm just spoiled, since with my Dish DVR I can be 3 blocks away, pointing it at the sun, and it'll still register.
Overall, worth the $100, especially since I was about to put down $80 for TMT on my media center.
Originally Posted by bangbang023
Anyone program a universal for this yet? Which codes did you use? It looks like a Samsung or LG remote, but I have no idea where to start
It's already in Harmony's database, and has a decent mapping out of the box. Not sure about others.