The Good Excellent image quality on Blu-ray Discs; Profile 2.0 compliant; onboard decoding for all high-resolution soundtrack formats, plus bit-stream output.
The Bad PlayStation 3 offers much more functionality and faster navigation, although it costs more.
The Bottom Line The Panasonic DMP-BD35 represents the best value in standalone Blu-ray players, with excellent image quality, a comprehensive feature set, and a price that's significantly lower than the PS3.
Panasonic DMP-BD35 - Blu-ray disc player
Editors' note (March 30, 2009): The rating of this player has been changed since its initial publication to reflect changes in the marketplace.
Editors' note (February 9, 2009): This product has been discontinued. It will be replaced by the Panasonic DMP-BD60, which is expected to become available in April 2009.
Editors' note: The Panasonic DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55 are virtually identical in most respects, and therefore their reviews are similar as well.