Excerpt: (1 items) The Panasonic DMP-BD65P's $150 price makes it downright tempting, especially for a Blu-ray player that also streams video via the Internet. But a clumsy remote control and poorly designed on-screen menus make it difficult to use. And the images that the player sends to your HDTV, while usually good and occasionally very good, can't match what we've seen from the best players.
Pros: Strong streaming Internet options, Multimedia via USB and SD, Buttons on player well-placed
Summary: The DMP-BD65 is an excellent entry level Blu-Ray / DVD player that forgets it’s an entry level unit. Incredibly fast loading with a strong menu system, the DMP-BD65 has enough features to satisfy most users, all at an incredibly low price. Say hello to your new BD player.
Pros: Ultra-fast load time, Very inexpensive, Excellent overall performance, Thin, lean form factor, Reliable with a variety of material, SD and USB connectivity, Easy to use, Good remote layout – lots of buttons but not confusing, Supports a variety of playback formats, Internet connectivity, wireless or LAN, Full 1080P 24 / 60 frame playback, Wide angle remote field of view
Cons: Can be time consuming to set up if you – a) decide to set up the networking, and b) if you aren’t a networking type of person, Two button front panel – DON’T LOSE THE REMOTE!
Panasonic DMP-BD65K review : Wi-Fi Ready Blu-ray Disc Player with Viera Cast
Electronics Made Easy
2 November 2010
Summary: Even without an integrated wireless adapter, this Blu-Ray player is still one of the best values for the price. Performance is typically flawless, with users reporting start-up times under 30 seconds. The VIERA Cast could improve in its selection of available streaming services, but the mission of this particular model is to offer consumers a superior DVD-upscaling Blu-Ray player that enhances every media and delights viewers in ways unimaginable.
Pros: Flexible- offers superior DVD upscaling for old school consumers, Valuable- this Blu-Ray player stands out and shines at a great price, Ergonomic- slim-line design that weighs just over 4 lbs, Efficient- boots up in seconds, excellent HD video and audio
Cons: Limited- does not include the proprietary wireless adapter
Excerpt: Highlights include inbuilt Picasa/YouTube/weather/Bloomberg browsing, an SD card slot with SDXC support, 7.1-channel surround sound, an optical digital audio output and advanced 1080p upscaling. The Panasonic DMP-BD65 also comes with a front-mounted USB port for easy media file playback — although codec support is limited.
Summary: Panasonic’s new Blu-ray player isn’t much to look at. The DMP-BD65 is smaller than average and feels about as substantial as a biscuit tin. That said, the same applies to most of the opposition. The player’s feature count covers just the essentials: it’s a profile 2.0 machine and can decode all Blu-ray sound formats and stream them via its HDMI output. But there are no multi-channel analogue outputs – something rivals like LG’s BD390 include as standard.
Excerpt: Given the almost inevitable death of the disc in favour of downloading and streaming, the big brands are busy fitting their Blu-ray players with digital diversions - and Panasonic is no different.