Patience should pay dividends, but aside from the little matter of 3D and 4K, the search is on for a last-generation Bluray player that can upscale to 3840 x 2160 pixels without breaking the bank. That’s precisely what the Panasonic DMP-BDT270 is attempting.
Some basic navigation buttons are included on the top, while the front houses a single USB slot for either feeding media or recharging 3D specs. On the rear are the mere basics: an HDMI output and an Ethernet LAN slot for wired networking, though the BDT-270 also has WiFi and, for Android users, Miracast affinity.
Also showing the march of time is the BDT270’s smart TV dimensions, which amounts to little more than a Netflix button on the remote control and a separate hubscreen of apps. The latter used to be called VieraCast, and it still should be for nothing has changed. Apps on the first page include the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, Netflix, BBC News, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and an advert for Panasonic Viera TV’s. The icons for these apps are massive, colourful and very easily to skip through. In the centre of the screen is a live video window, which continues to play whatever you are watching while you navigate apps.
Switching to a 2D version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the level of detail appeared to be even higher on a 3840 x 2160 pixel panel, with the BDT270 up-scaling from Full HD to Ultra HD. There are two ways to play a Blu-ray disc from the Home screen; choose video, then choose Disc instead of USB, or just press the Play button on the remote. Simple stuff.
Selling for £99 (US$120, AU$152), it packs 4K up-scaling, 2D and 3D disc playback, digital file support and a dual core processor into a surprisingly small and low-priced product.