Panasonic DMP-B100 review: Panasonic DMP-B100

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Lets you watch your Blu-ray collection on-the-go; SDXC card slot; more than 3 hours of battery life; slightly better image quality than portable DVD players.

The Bad Visual advantages of Blu-ray are largely lost on small screen; no HDMI output; other portable video options are more attractive; only one headphone jack; no Internet connectivity; MPEG4 playback is dicey; difficult remote control.

The Bottom Line The Panasonic DMP-B100 is the cheapest way to watch your Blu-ray movies on the go, but other portable media options, like an iPad or Blu-ray-equipped laptop, are more attractive.

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Last year we looked at a handful of portable DVD players and just one portable Blu-ray player, the Panasonic DMP-B15, which was the first of its kind. Though portable DVD players are a mature product category--offering tons of features and functionality at a reasonable price--portable Blu-ray is just entering its infancy. Perhaps that's why even Panasonic's entry-level model, the DMP-B100 ($400 street price), is expensive. If portable movie watching is your goal, a device like an iPad, a laptop, or a traditional portable DVD player is a better choice, mainly because the picture quality advantages of Blu-ray generally aren't worth it at this screen size. If you're looking for a way to watch your Blu-ray collection on the go, however, the DMP-B100 is the least-expensive way to do it, although Blu-ray-equipped laptops like the Gateway NV5933u ($650) are getting close.

The B100 has a much more minimalistic look than other portable players we've seen, with few buttons or ports cluttering up the design. The device is covered in matte silver plastic, and has plenty of attractive curves and edges. Weighing in at just 3 pounds, it's certainly mobile, but heavy enough to necessitate carrying it in a pouch or backpack.

The volume controls are hidden along the right edge of the screen.

Most notable is its 8.9-inch LCD screen that can be partly detached from its foldable stand, giving it the option to be viewed in a number of ways. The screen can lay almost flat on top of the disc tray or be propped up in a more traditional clamshell fashion. Volume controls are laid stealthily along the right edge of the screen; all other playback and menu functionality rest on the disc slot itself or right below it. Along the bottom of edge of the screen are the speakers; the lone headphone jack can be found on the right side at the base of the player. Finally, the SDXC card slot is located on the left edge, with a slide-down flap hiding the port.

The buttons on the remote are all the same size and in a difficult-to-use grid layout.

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Panasonic DMP-B100

Part Number: DMP-B100 Released: May 1, 2010

MSRP: $499.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Release date May 1, 2010