Review: Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray player is reliable, but lacks extras

CNET reviews the Panasonic DMP-BD60, praising its image quality and reliable playback, but knocking it for the lack of features compared to the competition.

At the end of last year, Panasonic's DMP-BD35 earned the first Editors' Choice award given to a standalone Blu-ray player, because of its excellent feature set and reliable playback. The DMP-BD60 is the follow-up to the DMP-BD35, offering nearly the same feature set plus access to VieraCast, Panasonic's proprietary video content portal. So it may be surprising to see that the DMP-BD60 scores significantly lower than the DMP-BD35 did when it was first released--but that's just how fast the Blu-ray market is moving. While competitors are adding Netflix streaming, Wi-Fi connectivity, and onboard memory, the DMP-BD60 is mostly a retread of the DMP-BD35. It's also worth pointing that the DMP-BD60 just feels slow compared to the new Samsung players, which are beginning to rival the PS3 in operational speed. The Panasonic DMP-BD60 is still a reliable Blu-ray player with excellent image quality, but those looking for the newest features will have to look elsewhere.

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