Pros: Small size
Cons: Cheap build quality
Requires an add-on for wi-fi
Slow DLNA response
Blue power light
This review is for the Toshiba BDX2155, which I beleive is the same as the 2150, except this is the Canadian model, which has slightly different software as we do not have services such as Hulu here.
I purchased this unit for use on a bedroom TV, and what attracted me to this model is the clearance price of the unit, as well as it's small size, as I was looking for something that would fit on a small shelf situated under a wall mounted 32" TV, which it works quite well for.
The included remote is of moderate quality, not as good as Toshiba used to be in the 90's and, makes me feel the brand, once top of the line, is now on the lower end of the scale. The unit itself is very light, and as another reviewer pointed out, is so light that if you try to operate it with the buttons on the unit, it will be sliding around all over the place, however primary functionality must be done via the remote anyway so this may not be a huge deal for most people. Toshiba really should have added some weights to the case, to prevent this. If you have it on a small shelf like I do, this however is not a problem.
This unit does not ship with any cables whatsoever, so factor this into the cost. You only have one option to hook up this unit, and that is with an HDMI cable. There are no composit, or component outputs on this model. It does come with a coaxial digital out, which is suprising considering most equipment is using optical these days...probably a cost cutting measure. If you are only hooking this up directly to your television, this probably won't be a problem for you. There is also a USB port, for the connection of an optional Wi-Fi card (which must be purchased seperately from Toshiba), or for a USB flash drive, to store BD-Live settings, or multimedia content. Something to note here, this unit does not have wi-fi built in, and it is slightly deceiving on the packaging. It does however have a 10/100 ethernet port, so if you are not concerned about using it wirelessly, this will not be a problem for you.
Using the playback through a DLNA equipped computer or server works, but the navigation through the folder structure is extremely slow, having to sometimes wait several minutes for the screen to populate. Once the media content is being played, it works fine, but if you have a large folder structure, and you do alot of network streaming, this may not be the model for you. Viewing video through YouTube works quite well, and it can be linked up to your account so you can view your favourite videos on the TV. Search is somewhat limited, but does find some content. I have not tried it with Netflix, or Picassa yet, the two other services it lists in the menu on this model. It states in the manual that DIVX is not supported, but I did successfully play an XVID encoded file just fine...must be a licencing thing.
Disk and movie Playback:
Blu-ray playback is what you would expect, offering all the features as well as online content offered by the format. This unit does not do 3D. But does support all the sound formats including dts-hd Master Audio Essential...not that I will be using this in my bedroom, but nice to know it's there. One minor annoyance is if you stop the movie, it does not pick up where you left off...you have to start all over again...Something higher end players will do, so keep this in mind when the phone rings and you wish to stop the movie for a moment. Picture quality on both Blu-Ray and DVD is good with no visible problems.
Another nice feature of this unit, that is not mentioned on the box, is it does support HDMI device control (just has to be turned on from the menu) I was quite pleased that I was able to control the unit, from my Panasonic TV's remote control without much difficulty, and when switching to the input of the Blu-Ray player, it automatically turns on, and starts playing the disk if one is inserted.
There is no front display on this unit, so if you wish to play a CD and want to see what track you are on, you must turn on the TV.
Given the build quality of this product, I would recommend getting an extended warranty on it if the price isn't much (in my case it was an extra $5 for another year) Looking at reviews on other sites, it seems to have a high failure rate, something I was not aware of when I bought it.
Lastly and probably not all that important, I wish they didn't put a bright blue LED light on the front...this can be disctracting while watching a movie. A smaller power indicator would have been sufficient.