Conclusion: The DMP-BDT230 hits the major points we look for in a Blu-ray player: good A/V performance, good speed and reliability, and a good assortment of features for its $120 asking price. I encountered a few ergonomic issues that could potentially be addressed through firmware updates: menu navigation could be sluggish, DLNA performance was frustrating, and there's no control app with a virtual keyboard for easier text input.
Conclusion: Viewers after the latest and greatest collection of apps should look beyond the DMP-BDT230 and head for a Samsung deck. However, if you're after the very finest picture quality not only from 2D and 3D Blu-ray, but from upscaled DVDs, too, the low-priced DMP-BDT230 is dead centre of the sweet-spot.
Pros: Excellent 2D & 3D images, Great value price, Rich colours, SD Card slot, Netflix shortcut button
Cons: Uses 2012 smart TV GUI, No Lovefilm app, Lacks MyHomeScreen, No virtual remote apps
Excerpt: The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 nestles in the middle of a range of three new Panasonic Blu-ray players for 2013 , the DMP-BDT130 and DMP-BDT330. The DMP-BDT330 adds 4K upscaling and a second HDMI output, while the DMP-BDT130 is the most basic of the three and sacrifices the wi-fi and Miracast functionality (a form of mirroring using Android devices) of the DMP-BDT230 on test here.
Pros: Excellent Blu-ray and DVD picture, Solid, powerful sound, Rich, natural colours