Summary: The Panasonic DMP-BD65 is a terrific Blu-ray player that's sure to satisfy anyone who buys one. It's fairly expensive and it's not brimming with features, but it does the most important things very well indeed. Its support for YouTube is a welcome extra, and its ability to play video, MP3 and photo files from memory cards and USB sticks is worth having too, especially if you own a Panasonic camera or camcorder
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: For a large part of 2009, Panasonic 's Blu-ray players had to play second fiddle to Sony machines that offered excellent performance at extremely competitive prices. But the original five-star First Test of the 'BD65 would suggest this could be Panasonic's year. To a large extent, our first opinions of the 'BD65 still remain: Styling is simple and unassuming – there's no touch-sensitive controls or fancy finish here.
Pros: Rich, colourful images, deep blacks, good detail and definition, spacious, dynamic sound
Cons: Doesn’t display subtleties as well as some rivals, sonic detail and timing can be bettered
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.