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Solid 4K Player Easy to Use
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
The Sony UBP-X700 is a replacement for the former UBP-X800. The new player is smaller and more lightweight than its predecessor. It's about the size of most recent Sony Blu-ray players.
It produces a solid 4K picture that looks like it was from a more expensive player. The set up is very simple--just choose your language and set up your wireless connection for the basics. Most of the default settings work fine for most users.
The operation is very intuitive. When the opening screen comes up, press the open/eject button, insert your disc and press PLAY and your done.
This 4K player has 2 HDMI outputs--one for audio/video and the second for audio only. This is very helpful if you are using a receiver with this player.
Sony has put the latest video technology into the X700--Dolby Vision. It produces a more vivid picture with better contrast. Be advised that this feature does not come out of the box. You have to update Sony's latest firmware to get this technology that was not available on the previous model, the X800.
There are some minor complaints with the X700. The primary concern is that the included remote is smaller than last year's model. Good luck using the remote if you have large fingers. It is nice that the footprint is smaller with the X700, but its light weight can't keep it steady while pressing the open/eject button. The X700 weighs only just over 3 lbs., while the previous model was 8-1/2 lbs.
The Sony UBP-X700 is a solid 4K player. When it was first released it was priced at $250. It currently is priced at under $200. That makes it a great bargain for someone looking for a feature-laden 4K player.