Panasonic DMP-BD85K

The Good Excellent Blu-ray image quality; Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, and YouTube streaming; Wi-Fi capable with included USB dongle; 7.1 analog outputs; plays music, videos, and pictures off a connected USB drive or SD card.

The Bad Competing models don't need a dongle for Wi-Fi; sluggish, despite superfast "quick start" mode; selection of streaming sources is on the small side; user interface is outdated and Wi-Fi difficult to setup; not DLNA compliant; no 3D Blu-ray support; no onboard storage.

The Bottom Line Panasonic's DMP-BD85K has great image quality and its 7.1 analog outputs are a nice plus, but it's slow and less featured than competing models.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.2 Overall

Compare

Panasonic DMP-BD85K
Panasonic DMP-BD85K
Sony UBP-X800
Sony UBP-X800
Samsung BD-J5900
Samsung BD-J5900
Samsung UBD-K8500
Samsung UBD-K8500
Oppo UDP-203
Oppo UDP-203
Price ... ... £80 Amazon.co.uk £149 Amazon.co.uk ...
Design
6
8
7
7
10
Features
7
9
8
9
6
Performance
8
8
9
8
9

Review

Panasonic DMP-BD85K

first standalone Blu-ray player good enough for us to recommend

The DMP-BD85K is the midrange player in Panasonic's 2010 Blu-ray line, and it corrects many of errors the company made with last year's model by including a USB Wi-Fi adapter and adding Netflix--as well as Pandora in the future--to its VieraCast streaming content portal. On the other hand, Panasonic still seems to be a step behind the competition, as built-in Wi-Fi is now the norm. Also, Samsung and LG offer more streaming services, and the DMP-BD85K feels sluggish compared with other 2010 Blu-ray players. If you need 7.1 analog audio outputs, the DMP-BD85K is one of the few affordable players still offering it. Otherwise, we couldn't find much to recommend it over competitors such as the LG BD570 or the Sony BDP-S570.

Continue Reading

Specs / Prices

  • Brand Panasonic
  • Type Blu-ray disc player
  • Form Factor tabletop
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Internet Streaming Services Picasa, YouTube
See full specs

Report errors

How To

Top 10 must-have features for media players

Top 10 must-have features for media players

Latest News

  • 2years ago

    Sony 4K Blu-ray player might not arrive until 2017

    Sony Pictures will offer several of the first software titles arriving on 4K Blu-ray, but Sony Electronics may not have a physical 4K Blu-ray player until 2017.

  • 3years ago

    Ultra HD Blu-ray specification now complete, logo unveiled

    The Blu-ray Disc Association today announced it has finalized what could be the last major disc-based movie format: Ultra HD Blu-ray.

  • 6years ago

    Blu-ray player buying guide

    A Blu-ray deck will be a wise investment if your eyeballs crave crisp 1080p pictures. Allow us to help you choose the right machine.