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Wired Review: Samsung BD-P4600

Wired: Its glossy black finish and polished Darth Vader design makes Samsung's newest Blu-ray box, the BD-P4600, stand out from every other player on the market. Well, it actually doesn't stand anywhere at all -- it comes with the metal brackets to mount it on a wall or plant it on a desktop pedestal. And like Lord Vader, this model packs some serious force with its built-in streaming for Pandora music and Netflix.

But for what it ultimately delivers it we'd like something more down to earth. Initial installation proved to be a troubling process of trial-and-error steps to get all the features working properly. Like all entertainment electronics today, the bulk of setup and navigational controls falls to the remote, also encased in a shiny black luster. Basic controls are hidden under the front panel with easy-to-miss touch-sensitive backlit buttons. Discs are inconveniently slot-loaded on the side. And it's a good thing that there is Wi-Fi. That means one less cable to pack into the cramped port compartment underneath.

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