- Extensive recording and archiving features
- Superb picture quality across the board
- Easy to use
- Viera Connect
- Can't watch a third channel while recording two
- A tad cumbersome in places
Review Price £549.99
What is the Panasonic DMR-BWT735?It’s a Freeview PVR with built-in Blu-ray recording and playback, boasting a 1TB hard disk and twin DVB-T2 tuners. As the only Blu-ray recorder on the market, it’s the go-to machine for video archivists who want to make copies of hi-def TV shows (copy-protection permitting) and home movies to share with friends and family. Because it’s a Blu-ray drive you can cram hours’ worth of footage onto a disc, or you can copy onto lower-capacity DVD if you prefer.
It also offers a range of smart TV content through Panasonic’s Viera Connect portal and media playback from USB, SD card and DLNA. It’s a multi-talented machine with a plethora of features, but as we discovered with Panasonic’s DMR-BWT735 PVR/Blu-ray player it takes more than a good spec to make a must-buy product. Let’s find out how it fares…
Panasonic DMR-BWT735 – DesignFirst up the DMR-BWT735 is a great-looking machine. It’s dressed in an elegant silver finish, with a black drop-down front panel spruced up with a mirrored strip. It’s built into a slim, robust aluminium casing, a far cry from the chunky disc recorders of old.
Behind the front flap is a large LED display (which shines through the semi-transparent plastic when closed), an SD card slot and a USB port – both of which are included for playback of music, video and photo files. Front panel controls include play and stop on the front, with power and open/close along the top.
Bringing things right up to date we find an HDMI output and Ethernet port, the latter providing an alternative to the deck’s built in Wi-Fi. There are three audio outputs to choose from – optical, coaxial and analogue stereo – and a second USB port should you wish to expand recording capacity by connecting an external hard-disk drive.