Finally! Video streaming speeds that match my tablet and laptop
I wasn't sure if this "super wifi" claim was a gimmick or not, but since I was in the market for a new player precisely because of bad wifi connectivity, I thought I'd give it a try. I have to say, I'm very impressed with both the wifi and many other features about the player. I'm getting 12-20 Mbps while watching videos and my tablet/phone - for a change - are also reporting similar speeds. (My wired PC gets around 30 if you are wondering how fast my modem connectivity is.)
Good feature list for the money
Weighing up its features, performance and price, we can only conclude that the BDP-S3100 represents superb value for money. It boasts a generous array of features, including built-in Wi-Fi, web content and DLNA streaming, all for a little over £100 - plus it's attractively styled, surprisingly well built and delivers dazzling 2D pictures.
Premium, stylish design and includes built-in Wi-Fi
The BDP-S3100 is a nice-looking Blu-Ray player, but beyond its distinctive design, there's no compelling reason to choose this over rivals from other manufacturers. The Triluminos compatibility could be relevant if you plan to buy a Sony TV in the future that supports Triluminos, but at present these are far too expensive for the average consumer to consider.
It's a step up from the entry-level BDP-S1100, adding Wi-Fi, DLNA and support for Sony's TV Side View smartphone app.
Let's not beat about the bush there are lots of players on the market that offer better value for money than the BD-S473. Decks like the LG BP420, Panasonic DMP-BDT220 and Samsung BD-E6100 are equipped with slick online apps, glitzy operating systems and built-in Wi-Fi.
By contrast, Yamaha's deck isn't wireless, offers sparse connectivity and with just YouTube on board, it falls some way short of its big-name rivals in the Smart content stakes. That's not great for the money.
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