Pros: Reasonable upgrade on earliest Sony blu-ray models
Cons: A dongle is a pricey USB add on, and, yes, it looks like exactly what a dirty mind might think, jutting out erectly from the right-hand side
The Sony "dongle" (a hilarious word I had never heard of) was the accessory I had to buy after the initial cost of this player. It's this cigarette-lighter-shaped USB drive that, a little precariously, sticks out fully erect into the lower right corner of the front panel. It costs you 75 proprietary dollars more for this add-on, but it's necessary to access and stream pay and premium content. No regrets, the silly thing became an invaluable accessory—especially because it can accommodate an Apple PC, and I'd thought Apple and Sony didn't play well together. You could and definitely should step up to a similar model with internet services incorporated without the dongle.
I pair the BDP with a 46" Sony Bravia. Neither piece has given me the slightest technical difficulty in the two or three years I've used this combination.
I found that the default factory settings were excellent, perhaps because this model was designed to work so well with Sony's 2010 Bravia line. Since the 1970s, I have always liked Sony's default color palette best, with its rich but detailed and subtle blacks that felt truly film-like. I dislike the bright, blooming, over-saturated televisions people think are so impressive. But there are enough bells and whistles on this inexpensive model that some who want to wow a viewer during overly lit football games and the like will be very pleased when they achieve more vivid tweaks.
My theory has always been that if you have any lamps on in the viewing room you are always watching "television," not "movies" and certainly not "cinema." Turn all your lights off, make the room as dark as possible, and this player will soar. Upscaling of ancient DVDs is superb on this player as well, but you will probably find yourself slowly buying replacements of your favorites on blu-ray.