So my current bedroom setup consists of an Intel NUC running Win7 WMC which is connected to a 24" Asus monitor (only 1 HDMI input). I am looking into options for adding an external Bluray player for use with rented discs from Netflix or borrowed from friends. (I'm aware of ripping to mkv options, but not what I'm looking for). Even if I don't upgrade to bluray, my current DVD playing option isn't ideal... I am sharing my laptop's DVD-Rom drive over the network, it works but can be a hastle... pausing can cause sync issues, requires use of external player instead of WMC. External dvd players are pretty cheap and straight forward, but bluray is a different story, so any suggestions or opinions would be most helpful.
Considerations/limitations that come to mind are:
USB - requires additional software/ possible playback issues? (software or hardware related) / can only be used with a computer
Standalone - with only 1 HDMI input I would need an HDMI switch / with the current setup would only need basic playback, but if re-purposed for use with a TV then WiFi and smart options might be nice
Bottom line, keeping in mind this is for occasional use so cost efficiency is a factor... what would you suggest?
If you think usb, any player models or software suggestions?
If you think standalone, again any player models suggestions? Are the WiFi and smart options reliable, worth extra cost? HDMI switch suggestions?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, and love the wealth of knowledge around here.