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This achingly petite BD player claims to be the world's smallest Blu-ray player and it's more of a lifestyle statement than a traditional AV component. Available in trendy silver or gloss black, it's a remarkable example of 'Harry Potter' engineering. Because of its size, there are no rear-panel connections. Instead, outputs have been consigned to a small cavity on the undercarriage. Consequently, if you use anything other than cheap HDMI cables you'll have to abandon any plans to rack this conventionally. Fat cables will lift the player clean off its feet. Inside said cavity there's provision for a single HDMI output, digital optical audio and mini-jack AV out (a mini-jack to phono AV lead is supplied in the box), plus Ethernet. Wi-Fi is integrated. If you are foiled by its thinness, you can use the cute, angled pedestal supplied. The player will also wall mount via brackets are supplied in the box. There's a slot loader on the right hand side of the player with a USB slot for media playback or BD-Live storage to the left. Samsung's user interface remains a treat to use, and is the most approachable. Animated menus guide you around, connecting to either networked devices or the brand's internet Smart Hub portal. Presented here this version looks much like it does on the brand's TVs, bar the open web browser.
There must be a secret R&D division, deep within Samsung HQ, entirely devoted to downsizing technology. Its only mission: to make smaller what it made smaller the day before. This is the only possible explanation for the Samsung BD-D7500. Hailed as the world's smallest Blu-ray player, it's only marginally larger than a couple of taped-together Blu-ray cases. Yet it manages to pack in an enormous amount of leading edge Blu-ray tech, including 3D, Internet and streaming capability.The BD-D7500 is available now for around £240.The BD-D7500 is tiny, measuring 380x158x23 mm. It also sports a large, touch-sensitive control panel and copious glowing, pulsating lights. Dangle one over Nevada and there would be a UFO flap.The severe size constraints have implications of course. There's no room for rear-ward connections on this deck. Instead you'll find a shallow cavity on the undercarriage which offers HDMI, digital optical audio and AV mini-jack outputs, plus Ethernet. It's at this point you'll probably need to abandon any heavy-duty HDMI cables you may have planned on using. Only a cheapo flexible HDMI lead is going to fit. There's no room for a component output alternative. The BD-D7500 isn't designed to be racked conventionally.
Samsung's BD-D7500 Blu-ray player is another one of those products that claims to be 'the slimmest on the market'. As part of the brand's new range of 3D Blu-ray players, this model boasts 3D compatibility, a 2D-to-3D conversion function and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also comes with a high-end price tag. At just 28 mm thick and with a slot-in disc drive, the BD-D7500 is certainly a slim and attractive piece of kit. Once you start handling it though, it doesn't quite live up to expectations. While the front may look like anodised aluminium, it's actually aluminium-effect plastic—a material that's more likely to pick up scratches and which is less shock-resistant. The only physical button on this Blu-ray player is the ON/OFF button. As with the product's general finish, this doesn't quite live up to the high-end image Samsung's marketing team has tried to give this device. And what about that big circle in the middle? Well, it's a purely aesthetic addition. There's a simple Play/Pause logo in the middle surrounded by four touch-sensitive buttons for controlling playback. We would have preferred more information than that, though. Plus, the whole thing lights up like a Christmas tree, although this can thankfully be switched off so as not to distract you from your favourite films.