Originally Posted by ginger_nuts
I can get a stand alone blu-ray player for under $80, and that is with out looking hard, PS3's second hand start around the $100 mark.
Second hand PS3's come with no warranty as well.
And can that stand alone bluray player act as a full fledged HTPC, Netflix, Hulu, whatever other service one might use on an HTPC, Local content playback, Local network streams?
Can any of the other options offered here work as both a Bluray and HTPC with above common HTPC usages?
And can that standalone player fit your torrent needs?
And on top of that, can any of the options offered here so far be worked by the your wife who's technological level is unknown so I'm to assume it's average, maybe slightly above average because of having a techie husband, but still not high enough to warrant specific knowledge for Linux, and still a pain with Windows, or any other current alternative offered thus his question as to will she be able to work it.
I simply offered a solution that offers the best of every world imaginable without sacrificing on any level aside from maybe a bit of price ( who's going to argue over $20 for a solution that's clearly better suited than anything else currently suggested? Worth the price in convenience alone, imo. ) After he, the obvious more tech literate set up a simple Windows share that the PS3 can use, anyone, and I mean anyone, can hop on the PS3 and find what they're looking for with no problem ( also stems from that it's a relative common device these days ) and be good to go.
Now, whether or not you're partial to Sony or the PS3, it's ability for a consumption device / HTPC is not to be so easily put off.
And I hardly see the point in a warranty on most
consumer electronics such as game consoles ( unless they're known to be plagued for things such as overheating ( XBOX360 RROD. ) ) And while early models of the PS3's had the "Yellow Light of Death" It's unlikely you would be in the market for such a PS3 when the Slim and super slim models are more common these days and aren't riddled with the YLOD. And most second hand shops will
offer a warranty on their products. At least the ones I've been too across several states here in the U.S. do. At least a month to 60 days in most cases. Unless you buy from a pawn shop, at which most don't offer warranties.
A bit useless to keep reiterating the same stuff though, especially as you havn't ruled it an option or not. For ease of use ( to anyone, but most importantly those that don't know how to work a more proper HTPC, especially one with Linux, ) then I can't think of much of a better or more solid option myself.
So if you already have an HTPC set up for basic stuff and just want bluray playback, go with a stand alone player. If not, I highly believe the ps3 would be the best and easiest overall option for you and your wife. You're choice though.
Just my suggestion given your ( and your wife's ) needs. Maybe a bit more information from you for exactly
you wish to do aside from Bluray playback and torrents...
Linux would be an option, but initial set up would be timely and frustrating to one who has little to no experience with it, as currently mentioned, Bluray playback has issues in Windows with having so few players and even fewer good ones, and Linux having no native support due to licensing issues as well, but rather a hack job of current options of which uses only publicly available keys for the bluray discs which means you'd be out of luck on newer discs and again when they change them again. Or you'd have to go the way of ripping the discs, and then playing back the file, time consuming and not really good for ease of use ( just putting the disc in and going ). For me, I can deal with these options and I do deal with them, and I've taken a lot of time to teach my gf how to as well, though I had originally switched her to Linux and taught her that as well, so she already had experience.
Linux would be the hobbyist option, not a set 'n go option.
Going the Windows route, you'd have to find a decent player ( I'm personally not fond of CyberLink myself ). It would be easy for her and you, as you both already know how to use Windows.
Install and be done with it option.
Or a PS3, I've already stated my stance on it.
Or a myriad of devices mentioned in this thread, of which none can do everything in one that a common HTPC would along with Blu Ray playback, and are also quite expensive.Edited by Shrak - 5/27/13 at 9:25pm