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Samsung BD-D5100 – Still Making A Strong Case For Blu-ray

By Jason Marges - 20 Sep 2011
Launch SRP: PhP6990

BD-D5100 Hardware Check

BD-D5100 Hardware Check

In this day and age of ubiquitous on-demand streaming multimedia, high-volume content downloads (both legal and otherwise, unfortunately), and multi-format network media players, is there still room for the Blu-ray player? Samsung believes so, and with affordable devices such as the BD-D5100, combined with an ingenious new Blu-ray rental service, the Korean manufacturer aims to make Blu-ray entertainment not only relevant, but even more practical for the Filipino HD entertainment enthusiast.

Too intimidated by Blu-ray disc prices to consider getting your own BD player? This little black box from Samsung might help change your mind, especially once you read about what it comes with.

Hardware-wise, the BD-D5100 design is simple and straightforward. As an entry-level offering, it’s basically a little black box built to play Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs. Samsung does throw in bonuses in the form of USB device support (including external and portable hard drives), a fairly versatile range of supported content codecs, as well as some semblance of Internet connectivity in the form of a pre-installed YouTube widget on its main menu. Speaking of which, the menu interface is also simple and easy to navigate, making it easy to learn for first-timers in the Blu-ray game.

The disc tray slides out from the middle.

A USB 2.0 port is concealed at the front right corner. This can support USB devices such as external HDDs. Beside it are the LED display and the physical keys for the standard playback controls and the power button.

The connectivity ports in the back include Ethernet, HDMI-CEC, Composite Video, Coaxial Digital Audio, and Analog Audio.

Here’s a view of the main menu that will greet you when you power up the BD-D5100 (top), as well as the settings menu that more advanced users can play around with (bottom).

Below is a quick summary of the Samsung BD-D5100's key specs:

  • Blu-ray Profile: BD Profile 2.0
  • Disc Format Support: Blu-ray Video, BD-R/RE, DVD-Video, DVD/DVD±R/DVD±RW, Audio CD, CD/CD-R/CD-RW
  • Video Format Support: VC-1, MPEG2, H.264, HD JPEG, WMA, DivX HD, MKV, MP4, WMV9
  • Interfaces: HDMI, USB 2.0, Ethernet
  • Power Consumption: 19 Watts
  • Dimensions: 430 x 190 x 41mm
  • Weight: 1.47kg