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Panasonic DMP-BD60 review: Panasonic DMP-BD60

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The Good Good picture quality; Viera Cast functionality has promise; simple but pleasant design.

The Bad Not that cheap; no 7.1 analogue audio output.

The Bottom Line The Panasonic DMP-BD60 is a capable and likeable Blu-ray player. We love the simple styling, even if it is unexciting, and we think this is likely to be a really popular machine. DivX support and an SD card reader add to the features, but this player is first and foremost about getting Blu-ray movies onto your TV with minimum fuss and maximum quality. Overall, it's a great performer and, though on the costly side, it's worth the money

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We hardly ever get a chance to enjoy a Panasonic Blu-ray player being on the market before it gets cruelly snatched away from us and replaced with a new one. That's what's happened with the previous model, the DMP-BD35, one of our favourite players of last year, which vanished not long after being released.

In some ways, though, this is a good thing, because it means Blu-ray players are outselling expectations. We can only hope that Panasonic is making enough of its DMP-BD60 players, priced at around £250, to go around this time.

Like all Panasonic hardware, the DMP-BD60 is a stylish-looking machine. It's doesn't look particularly exciting, but it certainly won't upset the style dynamic of your lounge.

At the back, you get access to an HDMI socket, Ethernet port, component video output and optical digital connection. Sadly, there's no 7.1 analogue audio output. Panasonic leaves this feature off its base models, probably to upsell you to the more advanced model, the DMP-BD80.

The remote control isn't much changed from previous iterations. It's a perfectly useable design, and is more than pleasant to use. The buttons are big enough even for our chubby fingers to use. We do get confused sometimes between all the different menu buttons though.

The most distinctive new feature is the Viera Cast functionality. The idea of this is that you can connect to the Internet and enjoy content from a number of Panasonic partners. At the moment, the service offers access to Flickr and YouTube. It's expected that more content producers will join in later, and plenty of people are hoping that the BBC will hop on-board with iPlayer.

Of course, this being a modern player, you get access to profile 2.0-specific content too. We've yet to see much that grabs our attention but, if you want access to it, the DMP-BD60 can provide it.

You also get an SD card slot for viewing photos. This will appeal to Panasonic camera owners, who get the opportunity to shoot in 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, especially for TV display. We can't see it being a feature you use every day, but, sooner or later, you might use it and be glad of its presence.

DivX support is also included. We'd like to see access to MKV-format video included in the future, but players that support this modern format seem thin on the ground. Still, the DivX support is good, and there is plenty of material out there to take advantage of.

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