Pros: Space-saving (two functions in one), Amazon Video, Reliable, "Smart" Player
Cons: Slow, Very Limited Apps
Having had the player for a few years now, I can profess that it has withstood the test of time pretty well. After originally receiving a defective unit from an ebay seller (it couldn't play VHS tapes), the replacement unit has performed flawlessly for the past 3+ years. Whether it's that old, grungy VHS tape of family memories or the latest Blu-ray title, we've never had any issues. Though it does include connectivity to the Amazon Video store, app options are relatively anemic as one would expect of a product from the first generation of "smart" players. Probably the most notable for their absence are now-ubiquitous apps such as Hulu and Netflix along with any live streaming functions. These apps can not be upgraded. Also missing is any 3D capability as this unit was produced before 3D televisions came to market.
Minuses aside, what this unit does offer is one-cable connectivity to your TV. Presently routed through a Yamaha receiver, we've previously had this unit hooked up directly to our Panasonic plasma TV. In both cases picture quality has been excellent; even VHS playback has been much better than expected. Sound quality also excels; though I'm no audiophile, the digital audio output over HDMI has never disappointed. Having now watched "Lawrence of Arabia" in VHS, DVD and Blu-ray formats on this unit, I can attest that the only limitations are the ones inherent in the media (that is to say, it's no surprise that the VHS version produces less detail than the Blu-ray version, but the difference is surprisingly small). The remote and on-screen user interface, though cluttered, are imminently useful and miles ahead of what can be found on our 2012 Yamaha receiver (Yamaha, are you listening?).
With all the recent advances in smart players such as more apps and faster boot-up times, you may wonder if this combo player will soon find its way into the recycle bin. Despite the fact that we now have a 3D-capable TV and despite the lack of apps, however, I'm thinking it's going to stay around for many more years to come. Netflix is always something I can pull up on my game console or laptop and 3D TV has never exactly blown me away, so I'm willing to compromise these features for a player that otherwise helps de-clutter my entertainment center. If you're in the same boat, or if you'd simply like the convenience of hooking up a VHS player to your TV via HDMI, than this is pretty much your only choice in a niche market of 1.