Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray player
Sony BDP-S380 review: Sony's cheapest Blu-ray player has BRAVIA Internet Video and works well
- BRAVIA Internet Video built-in
- Low price
- HDMI cable included in the box!
- No built-in Wi-Fi
- No optical digital output
- Remote is a little cramped
The Sony BDP-S380 is an excellent Blu-ray player that has the added bonus of Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video service. We're disappointed with the lack of optical digital output, and the fact that Wi-Fi is an optional extra, but this is an outstanding product otherwise.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
Sony's BDP-S380 entry-level Blu-ray player has an impressively wide range of features. It's a great player for watching Blu-ray movies and it also has BRAVIA Internet Video for Web features like streaming ABC iView video on demand. It has some connectivity options missing, which makes it imperfect as an all-in-one solution, but otherwise it's everything you'd need to give a bit of life to an aging digital TV.
Sony BDP-S380: Design and features
The BDP-S380 has a flat-fronted design that fits in well with its 2011 range of BRAVIA LCD televisions. The BDP-S380 looks attractive, but we don't like how small the main buttons for playing and ejecting discs are — there's plenty of space on the front but the buttons are slightly hard to find in dim light.
The remote control has all the buttons you'll need, so the only time you'll have to visit the player is to change out Blu-ray discs. A suggestion we'd make to Sony is to include back-lighting for the buttons on the BDP-S380's remote control. It's quite a small remote control and the buttons are cramped, so finding the right one in a dim room can be an ordeal.
The BDP-S380 has all the connection options you'd expect on a modern Blu-ray player. We opted for HDMI to connect audio and video to our Pioneer KURO plasma, and Ethernet took care of our networking. There's analog video connectors for component and composite, and coaxial digital audio as well as analog audio outputs. There's no optical digital audio, so you'll need to use the coaxial or run optical digital audio from your TV if you've got a home theatre system hooked up — a small amount of extra hassle that will only apply to a small sub-set of users.
The Sony BDP-S380 has access, through its Ethernet network port or an (annoyingly) optional Wi-Fi adapter, to Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video portal and the Qriocity music service. BRAVIA Internet Video, which has playback of ABC iView, Yahoo!7's PLUS7, and SBS catch-up TV as well as a wide range of other audio and video services. We weren't able to test Qriocity extensively but the ability to stream music to your TV and entertainment system through the BDP-S380 is a useful inclusion.
Sony BDP-S380: Picture quality and performance
The Sony BDP-S380 had no problems playing the 2D content we threw at it. It's not a 3D player, so if you want to watch a 3D Blu-ray movie (on your 3D TV) you'll need to get a more expensive unit like the BDP-S480. Picture quality was perfectly acceptable — there's no video quality problems when watching Blu-ray content on a Full HD screen and streaming through BRAVIA Internet Video is generally acceptable.
The BDP-S380 also starts up quickly. We were into the Terminator: Salvation main movie within 30 seconds, and other titles were similarly speedy to get into the action. The XMB menu interface (similar to the Playstation 3's) doesn't lag and selecting BRAVIA Internet Video services only requires a few seconds of buffering on a fast Internet connection.
Sony BDP-S380: Conclusion
Sony's BDP-S380 is a well designed piece of technology. It does a perfectly acceptable job of playing Blu-ray movies and the BRAVIA Internet Video features are a great extra that broadens the amount of content easily available to viewers. We know it's only an entry-level player but we would have loved to see Wi-Fi on the BDP-S380. Sony needs to include extra add-ons in higher-end players, rather than gimping cheaper models by taking out useful features.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- 2 Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- 3 LG G6 phone: full, in-depth review
- 4 Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung ready to make chips faster than the ones in Galaxy S8
- Rumor suggests the Note8 will be a bigger S8+ that adds a missing feature
- Samsung's Bixby won’t support voice commands when it debuts on the Galaxy S8
- Fear not, early adopters: The Galaxy S8 might not be running Android 7.0 for very long
- Samsung made an even better Galaxy S8+, but you can’t have it
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TP.Net DeveloperVIC
- TPProject Support AnalystNSW
- TPProject/Deployment ManagerQLD
- CCEnd User Services ArchitectNSW
- FTLevel 2 Software & Hardware Support position.VIC
- CCSenior Project OfficerNSW
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- CCAutomation TesterNSW
- FTPMO And Governance ManagerNSW
- TPBusiness Project ManagerNSW
- FTIT Test ManagerNSW
- FTOracle E-Business Functional ConsultantVIC
- CCServer SOE EngineerACT
- FTTest Automation Lead | 6mth ContractVIC
- FTSenior / Lead iOS DeveloperNSW
- FTHRIS Systems Support Analyst (Kronos)NSW
- FTSenior Project Manager - Infrastructure / LogisticsNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst- Process (Banking or Insurance or Gov backg)NSW
- TPSharePoint DeveloperQLD
- FTNetwork EngineerSA
- FTIT Service Desk Manager - Team LeaderNSW
- CCVMware AdministratorNSW
- FTSalesforce AnalystQLD
- FTContracts ManagerNSW
- TPReports Developer SSRS / SSISVIC