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I purchased both the newly updated 13" MacBook Air and the updated 13" MacBook Pro the day they were announced at WWDC and released for sale in June 2012. After using the two machines side-by-side for a couple weeks now, I can say that the MacBook Air offers superior performance in virtually every respect to such a degree that I've pretty much stopped using my brand new MacBook Pro. Of course the Air (which I got factory upgraded to the 2.0 GHz i7 processor and 8GB of RAM) is lighter, slimmer, and sleeker than the Pro, and yes, it does have a much higher resolution display, but I was surprised just how much faster the MacBook Air is compared to the Pro is despite the Air's slower CPU clock speed. The SSD hard drive on the MacBook Air makes an enormous difference in everything from casual web browsing to video editing.
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On a hunch I attached a 23" HDMI wide-screen (16:9) 1920x1080 monitor to this and it works PERFECTLY. My Acer monitor was designed for a PC, so this was a very pleasant surprise!
After watching several DVD's and a half-dozen Blu-Rays over the last month... DVD's look/play terrific and Blu-Ray disks kick-A!!! Fantastic image and sound quality on this ~$50 (used) compact device!!!!
But, here's why I gave this system 4 out of 5 stars:
The design and layout of the buttons on the remote leave a lot to be desired. Play/pause/forward/reverse/>>/<< are all the same size and black color! They all look and feel the same in a dark theater environment, so I'm always pressing the wrong button! If you require reading glasses you better keep 'em handy!! It does take 2xAA batteries, though. Rechargeables work just fine.
Finally, the BDP-S185 has one flaw that really bugs me. Volume control on the remote bypasses the RCA audio out ports! You have absolutely NO control over audio levels in this configuration. You must control volume from your own audio system! Really, Sony?!?!
I do not connect to the internet with this gizmo so I cannot review those features. This has NOT hindered me from watching any DVD's or Blu-Ray's, however.
Works as advertised. Fast free delivery and easy set-up. Purchased this since I get faster connections speeds through an ethernet connection as opposed to WIFI. I currently have both Amazon prime and Netflix. Tried to watch a Netflix movie but I did not get a fast connection, so I switched to Amazon to watch the same movie without a pause or spooling interruption. Still trying to figure out if there is a way to 'Shuffle' my stations on Pandora, the way I can on the computer. But overall this solved my connection problems and to receive HD video and high quality stereo audio fed directly into my audio system for great music as well as movie sound, even when I turn off the TV.
Compared to the early Blu-ray players, this is a remarkably impressive (albeit inexpensive and small) DVD and Blu-ray disk player with lots of capability. I purchased one new, liked it, and bought two more on eBay at excellent prices. In addition to an astounding picture from both Blu-ray and DVD disks, it has an Ethernet port. The wired 100Mbps Ethernet port allows me to access Internet services without having to pay for an Internet-enabled HDTV. It upconverts standard DVDs to 1080P, improving the video quality over a standard DVD player. Used with a Sony Bravia TV, the input automatically switches to the HDMI (or component) port to which this player is connected when it's powered up. The remote has all the controls you could ever need, especially when it's operating with Sony's Bravia Link.
It powers down after a preset period on pause or inactivity, but when it's turned back on it will start the disk where it was stopped rather than starting all over again. Somebody at Sony was paying attention, I guess.
Anything wrong with it? Well, there's no front-panel pilot light, just one on top with the switches. That's about it for cons.
I FINALLY broke down and bought a blu-ray player.
I bought this at a decent price. It was the price and size of the machine that made be choose this model. Name brand Sony.
It plays DECENT BUT NOT perfect.
It plays normal DVD's fine but some Blu-ray discs take time to load after giving a warning you MAY NEED ANOTHER MACHINE? Come on.
I do NOT like the buttons for turning the machine off/on, play, etc are on top not on the front of the machine. Where mine is located hard to see and use. Design of the machine I do NOT like the slant in it. Why not make it flat?
OK, the instruction book/manual is LACKING in a lot of information. There are buttons on the remote blue, red, yellow & green that the manual does not explain in detail what they are for, so WHY ARE THEY THERE? Remote sure has a "Netflix" button. Pushing another company on us.
I do NOT like the display function on the machine from the remote button. TOO much information that blocks a lot of the program you are trying to watch.
I bought this player so I could eliminate some of the cables that I have running from a mounted television. I wanted to be able to access Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, etc... on my television without the use of additional devices (which only served that purpose). To my surpise this device only allowed for a wired connection which was beyond insufficient for my needs. I had to return this device and purchase one with Wifi capabilities. It also comes with a usb drive that will apparently only allow for file access. I thought if I attached a wireless adapter I would be able to get the player online...WRONG. This is glorified DVD player because without access to the internet one cannot even access the blu ray content on the DVD (you can still play blu rays I think I did not even try). Once it was determined that I would not be able to connect to the internet without using a wired connected the player went back in the box and back to the seller. Save yourself the trouble and headache and purchase the player with Wifi because if not now, later you will want the convenience of utilizing this device to it maximum capabilities and you will be limited by the requirement of using the uber inefficient and unsightly wires.
This is a great little Blu-Ray Player. The primary reason I bought it is that unlike Samsung and LG players this Sony player will handle AVCHD discs with 1080p60 AVC video. This is the output I get from my Panasonic DMC-FZ150 camera and most blu-ray players can only handle 1080p24 and 1080i formats. The player does very well on USB material - plays anything I've got, and of course standard blu-rays play fine including BD-Rs.
What I don't like about the product is twofold - it has no slow motion capability; you can freeze frame and then move forward frame by frame, but there's no slow motion I can find. The second major fault is that it only supports coax digital audio out, there's no optical digital audio output.
I bought this product because it was a Sony and it has all the features I need, also the price, after-all I bought on it eBay. It is quick to turn on and load the bluray disk. A nice feature is the remote can turn on the TV and control the TV's volume. The only thing I dislike about is the buttons on the remote are too small and too close together, but I have the same dislike with most remotes. I highly recommend this bluray player and would by another if I need to.
arrived quality packed. Worked right out of the box. No issues. I choose this model because it has RCA Analog audio output jacks so it can plug into my stereo receiver which does not have digital audio. Most BLU-Rsy units now do not have analog audio out. Sounds great. Very nice picture. No complaints.
This item is very nice it more than exceedes what I expected. For the money you can't beat it. It enhances a regular dvd to an hd quality so that you can get a much better picture. Sony is a brand that I have always trusted and will always have confidence in buying.