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Sony BDP-350 Blu-ray Player

I don’t know why people would still want to get a dedicated Blu-ray player since Sony has already slashed its 80GB PS3 price to a mere $399, and at that number, it is pretty hard to say no to one. After all, not only can you update its firmware through the Internet, you can also use it to play games whenever you’re feeling bored. All of that cannot be achieved by even the best standalone Blu-ray player in the market which will also be relatively more expensive than the PS3, but that has not stopped Sony themselves from rolling out yet another player for the masses. This time round we have the Sony BDP-350 to keep you entertained in the living room, so without much further ado, I’ll move on to the nitty gritty right after the jump.

The BDP-S350 supports BonusView (picture-in-picture), which is featured on select new Blu-ray Disc home video releases, and is also BD-Live ready, with an Ethernet port for easy firmware updates and access to Internet-based interactive content features. A firmware update enabling BD-Live is planned later this year. It also features quick start-up mode improving the player’s boot-up time to approximately a few seconds and offers an external port for local storage for BD-Live, allowing users to add an optional flash storage device (sold separately). The BDP-S350 incorporates Sony’s new Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology that converts standard-definition signals (480i) to 1080p and outputs a full HD equivalent resolution signal to 1080p TVs via HDMI. Additionally, the model also adds Sony’s new Precision Drive HD, which helps to detect and correct wobbling discs from three directions, stabilizing playback of bent or scratched Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.

Surprisingly, Sony has kept the BDP-S350’s price tag at approximately $400, which is in the same neighborhood as the 80GB PS3. As a consumer, which model will you take?

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9 thoughts on “Sony BDP-350 Blu-ray Player”

  1. ok- here’s why I got the 350 yesterday instead of a PS3 at anytime before- if I put a game system on our 70″ Sony SXRD tv which we got 3/08, I would never get my ADHD son off of it- I vowed when I got that TV that its a fight were never going to have (getting him off the PS3 so we can watch TV or a movie.)

    True, i COULD set PS3 parental control game ratings so low that he couldnt play much anyway, but then the fights to get ON it would ensue. (save the parenting comments- im just trying to keep OPPORTUNITY for conflicts in our house to a minimum.)

    I waited for the 350 to get an ethernet port player for firmware upgrades.

  2. Well, some people don’t want to play video games at all, so they’re the ones who aren’t likely to pick up the PS3. An example would be my parents and similarly aged people. They’ll likely get a Blu-ray player during the holiday season, but they certainly have no desire to have it be a PS3 so they can play games on it as well. For them, the PS3 doesn’t even factor into their choices.

  3. I bought the 350 because:
    1. The PS3 fan is quite noisy
    2. Its design does not blend with my entertainment center
    3.It uses alot of energy to play blu ray movies
    4. There is widespread complaints online of PS3 blu ray drives dying .
    5. I am not big in gaming.

  4. I had the dilemma today. Checked out both PS3 and 350 and could not decide. Main purpose is for Blue Ray HD movie watching but some gaming wouldn’t hurt no although I haven’t gamed in years. Anyhoo, I demo-ed both units and read millions of reviews and info online and went with 350, picking up from Sony Style at 3 pm today cuz the low humming coming from the PS3 is too much for me when movie watching, especially during the dialog scenes, you can hear it, prong and grounding connection don’t matter, its still there, the fan is not whisper quiet enough on the 80G PS3 so there, 350 for me.

  5. you buch of xbox nazi ps3 has internet the fan is quieter than the xbox you just to cheap to buy the ps3 and the online is free

  6. I have a PS3 in the study fro the kids. I sometimes watch a movie myself in there and I can tell you that the PSĀ£ is very very annoying. If its cold outside and the home heating is on, the internal fans ramp up and are very noisy which ruins the movie for me anyways.

    The 350 has virtually silent fans.

    Thats the main reason for not choosing a ps3 ove a standalone. Another is the fact that many standalone Blu Ray players have left the PS3 way behind in terms of blu ray performance and that includes the 350 and 550 and all the panasonics.



  7. mark you are an idiot ppl in here are not talking about the xbox 360 they are talking about the Sony BDP-350, so next time read a little before you try to comment…. and remeber it is an Xbox 360 not 350!!

  8. After reading these and other evals on the Sony BDP-350 I’ve decided to join the fun. I just picked up a Sony 22″ HDTV Bavaria for the bedroom. The BDP-350 will be just perfect.

    As far as games I’ve done bseball, waterskiing, snow skiing, parachuting, flying, car racing, backpacking, golf, ya-da, ya-da, ya-da. The only difference is they were outside and for real. Who needs a game console.

  9. I got my sony 350 blu ray player on sale at future-shop for $200 just before xmas. (came with 3-free crappy movies too!)

    However between the ethernet bridge and flash drive I needed to get to get the full benefit, I probably should have just gotten the ps3…

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