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In the current Blu-ray player market, the winner is decided by inches, not miles. We've seen a wave of affordable (sub-$150) players full of useful features with great performance, and it's the small details that separate the good Blu-ray players from the great ones. The Sony BDP-S590 is a good Blu-ray player, with built-in Wi-Fi, 3D support, and fast performance. It has a few minor video processing issues, and its on-player controls feel flimsy, keeping it from the top-tier. At $129.99 (direct), however, it's a solid choice. DesignThe S590 is a 1.6 by 16.9 by 7.8-inch (HWD), 3.3-pound black deck that's completely flat on the top, but tapers from the sides to the bottom, resulting in a curved profile that sits securely on any surface. A blue LED indicator on the front shows power and playback status, and a USB port next to it (hidden behind a black rubber door that sits flush against the player) lets you plug in flash drives. The top of the player features a thin silver line that hides the player's controls, with the Power button on the left and Eject, Play, and Stop buttons on the right. Unfortunately, the buttons are so thin and have to be pressed so deeply that they're very difficult to use.
No matter how you feel about Sony, it's hard to deny that the company has a knack for product design. The Sony BDP-S590 ($140 street price) falls right in line with that tradition, as it's the only Blu-ray player I've seen this year that actually looks attractive, while most competitors are little more than a utilitarian black box. And the BDP-S590 isn't all just for show, with a healthy set of features including built-in Wi-Fi, 3D compatibility, and a suite of streaming apps that includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora, and Vudu. Its flaws only become apparent after you move past its fancy looks and spec sheet. It's relatively slow to load discs (sometimes nearly twice as slow as competitors) and its user interface still lags behind the competition, especially for Amazon Instant and Hulu Plus. On the other hand, it is better than most players at playing back digital video files, like MKV and DivX. The Sony BDP-S590 wouldn't be my first choice for a Blu-ray player (that would be the Panasonic DMP-BDT220), but it definitely has its charms, especially its sleek look and its facility with digital video files.
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