Panasonic has gone to great lengths to develop their very own line of quality Blu-ray players. Their so called “middle range” machine is the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 which boasts a great set of specifications and features. Panasonic has put in a lot of work to improve every function of this Blu-ray player over last year’s version and it is noticeable as soon as it is out of the box.
This Blu-ray player is a slim and sleek machine that is not going to take up a lot of shelf space. The simple, no frills design has the internet and USB cable plugs at the back and a very basic remote. The menu is very easy to control with the ability to navigate all of the player’s options with a single click.
As with any new Blu-ray player, 3D graphic options are an absolute must and the DMP-BDT110 is no exception. The base model comes fully-equipped for all 3D movies as well as a few unique options. One of the most useful features is the ability to adjust the ‘depth’ of the 3D picture. This allows users to set the graphics to range from very immersive to almost completely subdued. This is the perfect feature for movies with 3D graphics that distract from the story rather than add to it. There is also an overlay option in which a gradual colour border is placed between the actual picture and the border of the TV making the transition less dramatic.
While the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 does not have the option to play BBC’s iPlayer, it can connect directly to the internet for tons of great apps and features. Either an Ethernet cable can be plugged into the Blu-ray player or it can access any local wireless internet. With a digital camera and a USB cable, users can make unlimited free international calls using Skype directly through their Blu-ray player. They can also access YouTube and Picasa to upload, share, and watch videos and pictures. If this is not enough, all media from home computers and laptops can be directly displayed onto the TV for high definition family videos and slide shows.
What does anyone want in their home cinema setup? Excellent quality movies, 3D graphics, access to the internet, and options for streaming home videos and pictures. The Panasonic DMP-BDT110 offers all of these and more at a very reasonable price.
What to consider before you buy the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 Blu-ray Player
The lack of built in Wi-Fi may be a deal breaker for some – the DY-WL10 dongle is a fairly expensive option and like the similar Sony BDP-S480 will bring the final price close to the top of the range model (in Panasonic’s case, the BDT310). If you want to use the Skype feature, the USB camera is another optional addition. Finally, the Panasonics are still missing BBC iPlayer which is a real shame.
Why you should buy the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 Blu-ray Player
As a mid-range player, the BDT110 lacks some of the neater features from the forthcoming BDT310 but also adds some very worthy additions over the entry level DMP-BD75. Price wise, it’s pretty much on the money, and despite it’s obvious shortcomings it is still a very good player. Rating: /5
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