Panasonic DMP-BDT120 Review

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Pros

  • Stunning Blu-ray pictures
  • Super-intuitive operating system
  • Upgraded to Viera Connect

Cons

  • Needs USB dongle for Wi-Fi
  • Viera Connect interface a little long-winded

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £139.99
  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • Viera Connect with BBC iPlayer
  • DLNA and non-DLNA network drive support
  • USB port and SD card slot
  • Skype
  • iPhone/iPad control with remote app

We’ve already cast our eye over the Panasonic DMP-BDT320 and DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray players, so it’s only right that we complete the trilogy with the Panasonic DMP-BDT120, the entry-level 3D model in the range. Naturally it’s not as well-specced as the two step-up models above but still comes equipped with enough features to make its £140 price tag look like a good deal.

DesignPanasonic DMP-BDT220

The design is pretty much identical to that of the DMP-BDT220, housed in 38mm high all-black bodywork with a silver stripe running along the top edge of the fascia. It’s not as pretty as the DMP-BDT320, lacking its disc slot and sloping sides, yet it’s still an attractive player and a sympathetic match for Panasonic’s latest range of Viera TVs.

Connectivity
Underneath the front flap is the disc tray, a couple of buttons, an SD card slot and a USB port – great to see Panasonic not skimping on front terminals at this lower price. Although not up to the super-rigid standards of the flagship DMP-BDT500 (review to follow soon), the BDT120 has a solid feel that won’t leave you feeling short-changed.

Panasonic DMP-BDT120

The rear panel offers the same sockets as the BDT220, including a 3D-capable HDMI output, optical digital and analogue stereo outputs, composite video output and an Ethernet port for making a wired connection to an internet router. There’s a second USB port too, which is designed to work with Panasonic’s optical accessories – the TY-CC10W Skype communication camera and the DY-WL5 Wi-Fi adapter.

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