Sidestepping the cheap black plastic approach of even some mid market Blu-ray Disc players, the BDP7600 from Philips has a robust metallic build. Its smooth and quiet disc tray emerges from a mirrored front panel, which is otherwise interrupted only by a USB port to the right. Beneath the fascia is a curved control strip with …
PS3 is still a very good player.
There's cons, however
- A new standalone unit benefits may have a somewhat shorter loading times
- A dedicated remote control is better than the PS3 game controller. (to me at least)
- PS3 doesn't support MKV/ISO files (amongst other file/codec formats)
- Curved design - not very stackable
- Bluray playback uses 70-170 Watts power depending on model (the Philips in the review takes 15W)
- Region locked
PS3 has one serious advantage the standalone players don't have and that is the firmware support. Even the first models from 2006 are supported and the firmware has for instance brought 3D BD support and whatnot. The latest update was just a month ago.
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