Come for the portable BD/DVD playback; stay for the Streaming
29 July 2011
Summary: Got a DMP-B500 unit a few months back for around $275 + tax used (a freaking steal!) because I wanted to have an option to bring some BD movies on the road (or work) since I own so many. Ironically, despite having watched some BD's in it ("The Outlaw Josey Whales," etc.), most of my viewing has been regular DVD's and streaming programs from Amazon Prime (to which I was already a subscriber).
Summary: I have not had my portable blu-ray player long enough to try all features. However, I'm going to review as much as I've tested and will update the review later after i've had more time to play with it. So far what I've done is watch one clasic DVD (not Blu-ray) titled "Gone with the Wind". The Panasonic DMP-500 performed up to my exp[ectations for that test. The picture was sharp and colors excellent. Sound was loud enough to disturb people watching TV in the next room.
Summary: I bought this player to take on a trip to the South Pacific. Plugged it into 220V, inserted US blu-ray DVD and plugged HDMI output into hotel TV. Worked perfectly. Also, great little screen to watch directly. My wife and I hooked up a cheap splitter and ipod earbuds and watched a movie on the plane. Had people all over the plane looking over our sholders! Bought the WDEC-10 EVA case to protect the screen. Looks like they were made for each other.
Summary: Great item and works fabulously. With software upgrades for various streaming video available, you'll be well entertained. This Blu-ray DVD player could have received 5 stars with the addition of a TV card. Had a bit of trouble hooking up to WiFi, and had to resort to manual solution. All else is good.
Summary: I have had no problems with this blu-ray player. There are a couple of things I don't like about it. One is if I wanted to pause a movie I have to use the remote and cannot use any buttons on the player it self. Another thing is it doesn't seem to charge the battery if the player is on.
Summary: La compra colmó casi todas mis expectativas lo único que lamento es que no tenga salidas RCA, lo cual me limita para usarlo con proyectores que no tienen entrada HDMI Aunque la pantalla no tiene protección incorporada el uso del maletín recomendado WDEC-10 EVA Molded 10-Inch DVD Player Case (Black) suple esta deficiencia y alli el equipo queda muy bien resguardado,
Summary: The B-500 looks like a very nice unit, but unfortunately mine is a lemon. I have returned it to Panasonic for repair once already, received it back and still does not work. After about 15 minutes of use the screen goes all milky white and you have no picture. Still have audio just no picture. Returning it again to Panasonic and they are presumably sending me another B-500 as a replacement. They will not send you a new replacement unit only a refurbished unit.
It's What I Wanted / It Does What It's Supposed To Do
Gregg T. Lamm, Amazon
23 October 2010
Summary: I almost bought Panasonic's previous model last year. Glad I didn't. This is just what I was looking for, and after spending a few hours with it, I'm happy to report that it does well what it's supposed to do. I couldn't be happier. I bought my first portable Panasonic DVD player in 1998, the first one on the market. It had a 5" screen, stereo speakers, and there were only 100 or so DVDs available to purchase.
Summary: I purchased this player to watch movies when my business sticks me in low budget hotels with subpar cable TV. The player works well. I stream Netflix movies with no problem, even over my WPA2 encrypted wireless network at home. The wireless is though the included USB WLAN card that you must remember to plug in before using the network features. The display is sharp and bright. You can navigate using the remote control or with the control knob on top of the unit.