Originally Posted by SimonStern
Might I get your opinions please?
If I already have a PS3 (slim) would there be any benefit to getting the S5100? Aside from saving wear on the Playstation and probably a bit less power consumption are there any features, abilities, or apps, it has that the PS3 doesn't? I figure it would at least be quieter than the PS3 which is kind of loud when playing movies.
So I bought the S5100 (actually, the BX510 club version) a few weeks ago and returned it. I also have a PS3 slim and here is my take on it. The S5100 is a nice Blu-ray player. It's benefits over the PS3 are:
- It's quieter than a PS3, practically silent, in fact.
- Consumes less power than a PS3.
That's about it, really. I like that you can disable the front display on the S5100. That is a nice feature for those who may prefer no lights in low-lighting conditions or just don't want the distraction of seeing the timer when playing a movie.
So why did I return mine? Well, even though I got it for about $80 I just didn't need it. The PS3 has a much nicer UI and it is more responsive. The disc data is pulled down before
the movie is started. Why do I want to see it after I have played the movie? The PS3 build quality is very solid and I love the slot-loading drive in comparison to the cheap drawer that is used on the S5100 and so many players today. Discs I previously played on the PS3 immediately pick up where I left off, the S5100 wanted to play the trailers and ads first, and it wasn't until I opted to play the movie it would ask if I wished to pick up where I left off. The PS3 also remembers more discs, from what I gather from others on the forums. The Netflix UI on the PS3 is the latest and the PS3 receives frequent updates. The S5100, on the other hand, has an older UI and I had some audio sync issues with some titles that were likely due to the Netflix software, not the player. It looks like the S5100 is not going to get the new Netflix UI, so you have to buy the S6200 to get that.
In a nutshell, the PS3 just handles everything I throw at it. The apps work. It receives regular software and app updates. I've never had issues with disc playback. It just works very well. The only knocks I have against it are that it can be a bit louder than I'd like, although I only notice it during quiet scenes when the refrigerator or the AC isn't running. Some people have said the S5100 scales DVDs better, but I saw no clear evidence. If you want a Blu-ray player for another room it's a good choice, but I wouldn't recommend replacing a PS3 with one.