My Review of the Sony (UBP X700) 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Sony 4k Blu-ray Player Review (UBP-X700)
After buying my Sony 75-inch TV and soundbar, I needed a good 4k player for my large collection of DVD and blu-ray movies. Originally, I was thinking about buying a gaming console to play both movies and games, but I didn't want to spend the extra money on the latest Play Station, or X-box. I learned too that those consoles do not include Dolby Atmos, or Dolby Vision, so if you want the enhanced audio visual experience with movies in that format, gaming consoles won't work, at least as of this 2021 update.
I read multiple reviews on numerous 4K blu-ray players before finally settling on the Sony UBP-X700. This model is the less pricey and more compact version of the Sony X800, equipped with some of the same features, including Dolby Vision, which was recently made available by Sony via a firmware update.
Streaming and Watching Movies
Since writing this review in 2018, the 4K player still works great in 2021 for both streaming movies and watching physical media. The only problem I've ever had with this player was a movie freezing in the beginning, but that only happened one time when I first bought it, and it hasn't happened since. I was able to resolve the issue by turning the player off and on again.
While I use mine exclusively for physical media, I have streamed movies through the Netflix and Youtube apps without any issues.
What's in the Box?
This blu-ray player doesn't come with an HDMI cable. I had to go back to the store to buy one. The player connects to your TV with one 4K HDMI cable. The set up with this blu-ray player is simply connecting the cable and turning it on, that's it.
The remote that comes with the player is small, but works fine without any issues in my experience. The remote also features a convenient Netflix button, but it's missing buttons found on other remotes, including Youtube and Prime. Not a huge deal, but for anyone who might be streaming exclusively through this player, having more than one button for popular streaming apps is always faster than going through the menu.
The Menu Apps
If you already own a smart TV with a good selection of apps then the app selection included with this blu-ray player won't matter. I already have all of the apps I need on my Sony TV, but for those who might use them some of the apps on this player include Netflix, Prime, Vudu, Crackle, Spotify, and Youtube.
The app selection isn't as robust as the selection found on the average smart TV, but the most popular apps used by most people are included.
Sony 4K Blu-ray Player vs Gaming Consoles
The older PS4 and Xbox standard consoles do not support 4K content like the Sony UBP-X700 blu-ray player unless you upgrade to the Xbox One X for $500, or the pricey PS4 Pro, but 4K on that console is only supported for streaming, nothing else. With the new PS5, you're able to stream and play movies all in 4K. In terms of the cost, unless you're a gamer, it's cheaper to buy the Sony player for $200 than the latest gaming console.
Is the Sony X700 Worth the Money?
Since adding the to my home entertainment system in 2018, it continues to play blu-ray discs and 4K movies without any issues as of this 2021 update. As I mentioned early on in the review, I had only one instance of the movie freezing while watching a blu-ray disc. I never experienced the problem again. Sony X700 4k player
The compact size of the player gives me more room on my TV stand. I remember DVD and blu-ray players I owned in the past were a lot bigger and took up more room. The player is also quiet when running and shuts off automatically when left on without a movie playing.
The 2017 model was the Sony X800, which I believe was $50 more than the X700, but I don't see the difference between the two. They both come with the same exact features and HDMI outputs, except the selection of apps between the two varies.
If I encounter problems with this blu-ray player, I'll update my review, but I still give it a rating of five stars in 2021 and recommend it if you're a fan of Sony and want a quality blu-ray player for streaming and watching physical media.
© 2018 Matt G.