This Panasonic Blu-ray recorder adds features that the older DMR-BW850 didn't offer -- and it's cheaper
Good Gear Guide.au
5 February 2011
Summary: The Panasonic DMR-BW880 has almost every feature you could hope for in a media player. The 500GB hard drive can store plenty of compressed video recordings (which can also be copied to Blu-ray), its network support allows Internet features and media sharing, and, best of all, it's cheaper than the model it replaces.
Pros: DLNA server capability, cheaper than DMR-BW850
Cons: Still expensive, could use more Internet features
Summary: A quick straw poll – hands up if you read the manual. Anyone? Bueller…? But with Panasonic’s DMR-BW880, it isn’t so much desirable as essential that you take the time to digest the instructional blurb – all 124 pages of it. That’s because, as hugely impressive as it is, we’ve seldom encountered a product as complex as this. Even precisely defining it takes some thought.
Excerpt: Steve Jobs may have dismissed Blu-ray, but when it comes to watching and archiving HD movies, IP delivery and hard-disk storage have some way to go before they can match the convenience and efficiency of optical media.