This player is easy to set and looks good - the images that it produces are crystal clear (coping well with the dark scenes of films like Dark Knight) and the sound is excellent.
It works very well with standard disc formats and reinforces the fact that the slow load times are normally down to the Blu Ray disc rather than the players themselves. I spoke to someone at Sony, and they advised that load times are not likely to get much better in the foreseeable future.
I am not always great with new technology, but the set up screens are easy to use (although the interfaces are quite dull compared to my HD DVD player - which unfortunately is now back in the box due to the demise of the format). The network conectivity allows Java updates to keep the player current with latest disc releases and access to BD Live content.
The only downside for me was that Sony did not honour the "free disc" promotion, but from reading other peoples reviews that does not seem to be a common problem.
All in all, I would say that this is a great addition to my living room and I