If our main pick isn’t available, the Samsung UBD-M8500 works nearly as well on non-4K discs, plus it offers a wide selection of streaming services and loads discs just as quickly as the Sony. We did like that the Samsung’s menu interface takes full advantage of 4K resolution. As a result, it looks sharper and crisper than the softer Sony UI, although it does feel blindingly bright in a dark room. Overall, it’s a good player, but its plastic chassis isn’t as sturdy as the Sony’s, and it doesn’t support 3D Blu-ray discs at all.
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