Samsung BD-E5900 Blu-ray player

This Blu-ray player is an excellent way to bring Smart features to your old TV

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  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5
  • User Rating

    2.50 / 5 (of 6 Reviews)

Pros

  • Excellent feature-set
  • Simple interface

Cons

  • Web browser can be slow

Bottom Line

Samsung's most appealing Blu-ray player is under $200, handles a swathe of features including 3D, USB playback, Web browsing, streaming video on demand and apps. The interface is generally easy to navigate and the player works quickly and quietly. Apart from the slightly slow and difficult-to-navigate Web browser, the BD-E5900 is a well designed and executed media player.

Would you buy this?

Samsung’s range of Blu-ray players echoes its LED and plasma TV line-up, with its Series 5 and Series 8 naming divided between DVD, Blu-ray and PVR devices. The Samsung BD-E5900 is top of the Series 5 range, and is the company’s most fully-featured Blu-ray player.

The BD-E5900 is a 3D Blu-ray player; like other Blu-ray players it can also read DVDs. It has Samsung’s Smart Hub of apps and services, a built-in Web browser, and Wi-Fi Direct for wirelessly connecting new laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Samsung Series 5 (BD-E5900): Design and setup

The Samsung Series 5 has a wide range of features, but it’s a relatively benign and unobtrusive device. There’s a concentric-circle design on the top of the player and a couple of small logos, but beyond these it’s a slim, black, small box that should hide away easily next to your TV.

There are three small buttons on the BD-E5900’s front right for playback, power, and ejecting the disc from the tray-loading Blu-ray drive. You’ll also find a USB 2.0 port that accepts USB flash drives and portable hard drives.

The back of the Samsung BD-E5900 is similarly Spartan — there’s a HDMI port for connecting a TV, Ethernet for network connection (Wi-Fi is also built-in), a second USB 2.0 port, and a digital audio output for connecting a home theatre. The lack of analog connectors does leave anyone with an older TV in some difficulty ##8212; we’d recommend you look to Panasonic for a Blu-ray player with analog video output.

The bundled remote control for the BD-E5900 is small and simple, with no complex trackpad or keyboard. The single stand-out is a large multi-coloured button to directly access the Blu-ray player's Smart Hub feature.

Setting up the Series 5 is a tremendously easy procedure — plug it into your TV using HDMI, plug it into power and you’re ready to go. You can also connect a network cable if you have one, but we opted to set up the BD-E5900 with its inbuilt Wi-Fi to cut out on unnecessary wires.

Samsung Series 5 (BD-E5900): Features and performance

First and foremost, the Samsung Series 5 is a Blu-ray player. It’s quiet, and quick to operate if you choose the Quick Start mode, which consumes very slightly more power but lets the player turn on in half a second. All the new and old 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs we tried were loaded successfully with no issues, and most hit the main menu screen of movies within 20 seconds — meeting our benchmark for Blu-ray player speed.

The 3D playback of the BD-E5900 is equal to any other 3D Blu-ray player from any other brand — that is, it successfully plays back 3D video with no issues; the main point of issue with any 3D setup is going to be the TV and 3D glasses used.

The BD-E5900 has no integrated 2D-to-3D support. We don’t see this as a large impediment, since most recent TVs are able to convert a 2D input to 3D on-the-fly anyway. A small range of TVs in 2010 and 2011 have 3D capabilities but are unable to convert 2D to 3D — these users are the only ones affected.

The Samsung Series 5 is excellent when it comes to playing media files back over USB. This Blu-ray player is the best we’ve tested for file support; MKV, H.264, MPEG2/4, DivX, WMV, AVCHD video, JPEG picture, WMA, MP3, AAC audio files are all supported. This is a comprehensive list that should see almost all users’ needs met.

The Smart Hub is the BD-E5900’s gateway to the Internet. It’s Samsung’s app marketplace, and the Series 5 comes pre-installed with a range of Samsung-selected apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo. Samsung’s ‘signature’ Family Story and Fitness apps are useful for Samsung smartphone or tablet owners, while the Kids app is an easy go-to to distract children when you’ve run out of Blu-rays.

All the best video on demand apps like ABC iView and BigPond Movies on Demand are able to be run on this Blu-ray player, and other features like BBC News and Google Maps should be useful for some users. We think Samsung’s Smart Hub is the best Smart TV service currently available — it’s missing the swathe of high quality video on demand services that the US is spoiled with (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and the list goes on), but this is an Australian problem rather than a Samsung one.

The Web browser of the Samsung Series 5 is probably its weakest feature. It’s a little slow to operate, and the lack of a proper keyboard means typing in search queries or filling out online forms becomes a chore. We tried plugging in a keyboard to speed things up but it wasn’t recognised. It’s usable enough in a pinch, but a proper PC, notebook or even a smartphone or tablet is a better experience.

Wi-Fi Direct is another less-publicised feature of the BD-E5900. If you’ve got a reasonably recent notebook, smartphone or tablet, it’s likely that its Wi-Fi chipset will be compatible with Wi-Fi Direct, which allows wireless screen mirroring and file sharing at high resolutions and high bit-rates. You can effectively use whatever screen the BD-E5900 is connected to as a larger screen for your Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, for example. It takes a bit of menu-hunting to get working for the first time, but it’s a nifty little extra that some users might find convenient.

Samsung Series 5 (BD-E5900): Conclusion

If you’re looking for a Blu-ray player, the Samsung Series 5 ticks all the boxes we’d want it to. It’s a versatile 2D and 3D Blu-ray and DVD player, it can handle a wide range of media files, and it’s got a mostly-good Smart interface and a solid range of apps. If you’re not going to use the OK-but-not-great Web browser, then it’s an easy product to recommend.

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kevin pool

1

This isn't a comment its more of a question ? My Dvd Player the browser mouse runs slowwwww why is that?

Jan

2

my web browser does not function yet. I am in Thailand. Any ideas? It looks like it keeps updating, small arrows circling.

David Carlin

3

Same here. Web Browser keeps spinning and never launches.

djs

4

I just installed this unit this morning. I am returning it this afternoon. The browser locked up on first entry and would not do anything else after repeated resets and retries and a firmware upgrade. I did an online chat with Samsung and they said its a known issue and they will "escalate it to the proper department" and they will fix it "within a few days". Meanwhile I attached a wireless keyboard and that works in some places but not for a YouTube search. Then I ran a YouTube video and it froze about 30 seconds into it. The audio kept going so I know it was getting the stream from YouTube, it just couldn't render it. I also wanted to stream videos that I have on my NAS but it cannot do that in spite of what you read on the net. It can stream stuff that is on my PC but ONLY if I install special software on my PC to interface (and that won't work on Win 8 or a MAC). My impression is that this is a very poorly engineered unit. I am returning it immediately.

Kat

5

Can I plug my camera sd memory card direct into the player?

anonymous

6

This is the worst piece of crap ever, I am on my second one and netflix, viki, pandora, and a lot of other apps doesn't work. I tried working with Samsung customer support and both times. They show no interest in helping me out. They just want to end the call as soon as possible. The web browser is a joke. It takes a lifetime to get the mouse scrolled over to where you want. I am returning this piece of crap.

Ann

7

Netflix doesn't work. It has difficulty playing YouTube. The web browser is super slow and it's difficult to use without a keyboard. I am returning it tomorrow.

Jerri c

8

OMG this was the worst present I gave my mother, it ruined Christmas today, it is slow I mean extremely slow!
Updating everything right out of the box, no time to enjoy it that is for sure.

My cell phone is 10 times faster there is no reason for the web browser on this thing to be so terrible.

I feel so bad for having bought it for my mother.

Mudgie

9

Worst piece of crap unit ever!!! So slow to do anything on. All I wanted to do was get it set up and watch a movie or some YouTube and 3 hrs later all I want to do is smash this fucking unit because I will never get those 3 hrs of my life back. I also want to smash the sales guy in jbhifi because he was a knob and recommended this unit. He failed to tell me the hdmi cord wasn't included either so that meant a second trip to the shop. Worst experience ever with an electronic device and as a result I will never purchase anything made by Samsung again!!!

Roz H

10

Hi Cannot get the Bigpond Movie app working at all..this sucks.

omar

11

i can not stream movies from this dvd blue ray player and the audio is not working when i try to stream a movie wahyyyyy

Joao Cardoso

12

I bought this shit (BD-EM59C) yesterday and will return it tomorrow !!! The web browser is a nightmare !!! How can someone design such garbage !!!

John Smith of Siberia

13

THIS DVD PLAYER KILLED MY FAMILY. I DON'T RECCOMMEND YOU BUY IT, LEST IT KILL YOURS. I NOW AM LIVING IN SIBERIA, EATING DEAD MICE.

Jack the Ripper

14

HELP THIS DVD PLAYER IS IN THE PROCESS OF EATING ME. IT HAS ALREADY DEVOURED MY LEG, AND IS MAKING IT'S WAY UP THE SECOND ONE. PLEASE HELP ME.

Julia Smith of Yorkshire

15

I AM THE GHOST OF JOHN'S WIFE. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND THIS DVD PLAYER, I LOVE THIS AFTERLIFE. DAMNATION IN HELL IS MY FAVOURITE.

Sam

16

does anyone use this to play blu rays?

katesisco

17

My player refused blue ray at first then added regular dvds. The web browser was tedious until I discovered using my wireless keyboard using the usb on the front. Worked like a charm.
Beware: in the refurb items of this it seems the description changes from a factory model that says:
FULL WEB BROWSER to the refurb same model that says WEB BROWSER CAPABILITY
Selling a smart tv at $700 makes more economic sense than selling a smart dvd that does the same thing for $100.

Jim from Perth

18

I have just spent 2 nights trying to get the internet streaming to work. It kept buffering and then freezing about 10 minutes of viewing. I checked my bigpond account and it was streaming at 2.7Mpbs so that wasn't the problem. I also agree internet browsing on it is painfully slow. It is the worst appliance i have ever bought in my life and I'm 69.

I will suggest to JB Hi Fi that they stop selling it and like one of the comments above I will certainly think twice before buy another Samsung product.

Ray

19

Just bought this unit two days ago and finally got a few minutes to set it up. Effortless and completely set up and operational including internet streaming such as Netflix within 20 minutes. Played regular DVD and blu rays and the picture quality on a 6 year old 720p Pioneer Plasma is amazing. The web browser is slow and cumbersome but I'll use my iPad. Listening to CDs with this unit is great and provides all the playing features you would need. Samsung were brilliant including an optical audio output as I can maximize HD quality sound through my 6 year old Onkyo home theatre.

Disappointing to read all these negative reviews and wish you had all had a similar experience to mine.

Terrific entertainment and value for the price I would not hesitate to recommend this purchase.

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Kris

0.0

1

Pros
Not much
Cons
umm, everything else
• • •

This is the biggest piece of crap ever engineered or built. DVDs are routinely not synced with audio, as is streaming video when you can get streaming to work. 70% of the time streaming fails to connect, though every other device I have has no issues at the time, and requires a reset. The ONLY thing I have found to reliably reset this to working order is to physically unplug it and plug it back in. I am seriously considering sending this back to Samsung in smashed bits.

Bill

2.0

2

Pros
Anything BUT the WiFi & Web Browser
Cons
Web Browser is an Archaic Neanderthal
• • •

If you want a wifi, buy something else. Everytime I want to listen to Pandora I have to go through all the same steps of using a code the player gives me, log into samsung/pandora and enter the code, then startup the player's browser, log into pandora.com, enter my user & pw for my already existing account with Pandora. Despite clicking "remember me" I have to do this EVERYTIME! It can take 10-15 minutes! Samsung is just as slow to answer an email regarding this matter. By the way, the User Guide is written as if you are already familiar with the setup process. Otherwise, a very nice and inexpensive 3D bluray dvd player. Samsung needs major browser improvements. A key reason I bought this was so I did not have to tie my computer up if I wanted to listen to Pandora. This model was a waste for me.

Tre

4.5

3

Pros
WiFi, 3D, etc.
Cons
Somewhat slow Internet
• • •

If you're getting this for apps maybe it's not the #1, but I personally didn't which makes it awesome.

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