April 17, 2012
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Unique interface
- Very good performance
- No subscription music service support
Blu-ray players are all the rage now for home entertainment systems and the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 hopes to get in on the action. It has a great suite of streaming media services, built-in Wi-Fi and an awesome, easy-to-use user interface. With little downsides, this DVD player is definitely one to check out.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 looks fairly standard from the outside, including a frontside that seems to lack everything. However, behind a flip down front panel lies the disc drive, USB port, some playback buttons and an SD card reader. When you open or close the disc tray, the panel will automatically flip up or down.
Panasonic's included remote has dedicated buttons for Netflix, the Viera Connect suite of other apps and Skype. The whole remote has a good shape and size that makes it comfortable to use. The playback buttons are well-placed and we have no overall complaints with this aspect of the DMP-BDT220.
The connections on the backside of the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 include HDMI-out, component out, optical audio out and Ethernet. There is also built-in Wi-Fi networking so there's no need to use a dongle for wireless connectivity. On the back is a USB port labeled "Communications Camera", which is reserved for a webcam to use for Skype.
The user interface, including the Viera Connect media interface, has a very attracting, yet unique design. The main user interface shows icons arranged in the same layout as the remote's D-pad to make selection easy with only one click. The Viera Connect interface uses a stacked design that isn't too bad either. The custom Netflix application has an updated interface that also features a movie search feature.
Some of the media applications included are Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa, Skype, Twitter, Facebook and a few others. There is no support for music subscription services, like Spotify.
In our subjective testing, we found the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 to deliver very good image quality. High-definition content looked great on our HDTV and the streaming media from various online services also looked good. Anyone should have excellent performance with this Blu-ray player, so even though it isn't very expensive, it delivers.