Panasonic DMP-BDT210 review: Fastest Blu-ray player gets Editors' Choice

CNET reviews the Panasonic DMP-BDT210, finding that its built-in Wi-Fi, simple user interface, Amazon Instant streaming, and blazing fast disc-loading speeds make it CNET's favorite Blu-ray player of 2011 so far.

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It's tough to stand out in the Blu-ray player market, with all the midrange models having the main features we think are important: built-in Wi-Fi, Netflix streaming, and excellent image quality. Though the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 doesn't have any single killer feature that puts it head and shoulders above the competition, it does just about all the little things right.

It has the fastest disc-loading speeds we've seen on a player so far, coming in a good deal faster than its competitors. Its user interface is very simple to use and we love that the remote includes a button for directly accessing Netflix. And while it doesn't have the most comprehensive suite of streaming-media services (it's missing Hulu Plus and MLB.TV), it does have Amazon Instant, which isn't available on competitors like the Samsung BD-D6500, Insignia NS-WBRDVD2, or the PS3 Slim.

If you want more streaming services than the DMP-BDT210 offers, the LG BD670 is the next best choice. But altogether, the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 feels like the most polished Blu-ray player overall, making it our Editors' Choice in the category.

Read the full review of the Panasonic DMP-BDT210.

Also check out our updated spreadsheet comparing all the Blu-ray players we've reviewed in 2011.

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Panasonic DMP-BDT210

The Panasonic DMP-BDT210's built-in Wi-Fi, simple user interface, Amazon Instant streaming and blazing fast disc-loading speeds make it our favorite Blu-ray player of 2011 so far.

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