Review
Review: Toshiba BDX2700 Blu-ray Player
The BDX2700 is simple to set up, includes built-in WiFi and adds lots of streaming content options.
November 09, 2010 by Audioholics.com

It’s hard to stay on top, and Toshiba is finding itself adrift amidst a sea of Blu-ray players with its BDX2700. While not supporting 3D (for that you’ll want to look at the $279 BDX3000), this Toshiba player has everything else you could possibly need: high quality BD playback, upscaling of standard definition DVDs to 1080p, network software like Netflix, Pandora, VUDU and Blockbuster Video on Demand.

The one feature that sticks the neck of the BDX2700 above water and makes people take notice is its integrated WiFi. That means that if you have a wireless router that supports 802.11 a/b/g or n, you don’t need to run a cable to your TV in order to enjoy streaming movies from Netflix or VUDU, or streaming music from Pandora.

Toshiba has included the same glassy front on the BDX2700 that it includes in some of its top of the line televisions. This gives the player a top-shelf look and ensures it blends well in a minimalistic, aesthetically-focused setting when it’s placed out in the open. It’s also not very deep. At just over 8-inches form front to back, this is one product that doesn’t make a nuisance of itself if you need to put it in front of your flat panel or hang it on a wall shelf below the TV.

Another other item of note on the front is the SD card drive, which came loaded with a formatted 4GB SDHC card in our review system. This card is dedicated for BD-Live storage, but you could insert another in order to play back media files like photos, music or compatible movie files (it supports FAT16 and FAT32-formatted cards).

The rear of the Toshiba BDX2700 has all of the connections you’d expect, and a few more. For those with legacy audio systems, the BDX2700 has 7.1 analog outputs. With Ethernet, WiFi and 7.1, this is a really well-rounded player.

One of the nice things about the Toshiba BDX2700 is that it is incredibly easy to set up. In fact, it has an interface Wizard that takes you through the critical setup process one step at a time, using a series of basic questions.

The Home Screen of the BDX2700 is made up of only two items, until you add more for it to consider. The way it is laid out, it populates itself with more items as they become available. That way, you can’t select a BD-ROM when there isn’t even one in the player. It’s a nice way of eliminating useless error messages and we really enjoyed the layout.

Playback wasn’t exactly snappy, but that seems to be a factor of Blu-ray - at least with most players we’ve experienced. The Toshiba had its added quirks, too. It took approximately 37 seconds to get a disc to play when the player was off. From power on to ejecting the tray took about 15 seconds, and from an open tray to playback took around 32 seconds.

Picture from this player looked flawless - which is to say, accurate. From test material to current movies, we found the BDX2700 to be a great player that was extremely capable. For example, the Blu-ray of Robin Hood (from this year), dubious as its plot was, revealed a ton of detail in scenes that featured castle walls, sparse terrain, and even facial close-ups.

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From Robin Hood:

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Specs, Pros and Cons

Specifications
Media: CD-R, Blu-ray Disc, BD-RE, BD-ROM, CD-DA, CD, DVD-Video, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-RW
Software: Netflix, VUDU, Blockbuster, Pandora
Video upconversion: up to 1080p
Audio decoders: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio Essential
Connectivity: USB 2.0, HDMI (1.3), component, composite
HDMI CEC
Optical S/PDIF Digital Audio Output
7.1 Analog Audio Outputs
Network: LAN & Built-in Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n
BD Profile 2.0
Dimension: 16.9” (W) x 2.5” (H) x 8.3” (D)
MSRP $229 (can be found for much less)

Pros
Decent networking features
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n support built-in
Great deinterlacing and scaling
Great styling

Cons
Creates lots of RF interference over HDMI
Loud transport
Low build quality
# Weight: 3.8 lbs.


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