Review Price £279.99
The Panasonic DMP-B200 comes with a discreet battery. It slots into the bottom towards the back of the player and provides four hours of playback. For in-car viewing you get a DC adaptor and a bracket, which attaches to the back of the seat. Thankfully it’s not a strap or pouch but a sturdy plastic affair that secures firmly to the player using a screw.
The DMP-B200 doesn’t only play Blu-ray discs. It spins DVDs, recordable DVDs (RAM/-R/-RW/ R/ RW) and CDs, plus it handles DivX HD, MKV, JPEG, AVCHD and MPEG-2 from SD cards and discs. When viewed on a TV the player outputs movies at 1080/24p, and it also outputs Dolby True HD and DTS signals via HDMI if you want to hook it up to your AV receiver.
The DMP-B200 features a great-looking menu system that uses elements of the interface found on Panasonic’s standalone players. The main Function menu uses three large icons offering a choice of SD, Disc and Setup, set against a bright blue background. Access Setup and the great presentation continues, with clear lists of options demonstrating a logical structure.
There’s a separate menu for the LCD screen, which allows you to select from a range of presets, including Standard, Night, Dynamic and User. The User setting then lets you alter the levels of brightness and colour in the picture. Elsewhere there’s a Quick Start mode, only available when plugged into the mains, and a few energy saving settings. If you hit the Options button during playback a small menu appears, providing access to the most-used functions.
Also in the box is a remote, which comes in useful when watching movies on your TV. Sadly though, it’s too fiddly due to the number of small, identical buttons, unhelpfully lined up in rows. There’s no sense of intuitiveness when using it – every function requires a long look at the zapper to find the button you need. The playback keys are a different colour, which helps a little, but on the whole this is a poor zapper.