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Panasonic DMP-B15

Panasonic DMP-B15
alaScore 87

41 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DMP-B15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 41 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic DMP-B15

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Panasonic DMP-B15 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on Amazon.com.

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Panasonic DMP-B15 Review

 

One of three nominees for best product in the Home Video category at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic's new $799 DMP-B15 is the world's first portable Blu-ray player. Of course, savvy electronics consumers are probably asking...

Can double as a player for your home entertainment system; LAN connectivity enables firmware updates; BD-LIVE content; Web video via Viera Cast

Expensive; bulky and heavy; swapping discs while the device is mounted to a headrest is a hassle

A surprisingly multipurpose movie machine, the biggest problem with Panasonic's portable Blu-ray player is its price.

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Review: Panasonic DMP-B15 (Portable Blu-ray Player)

 

Hard to believe Blu-ray has been out for nearly 3 years. What's even harder to believe is we haven't seen a portable Blu-ray player. Sure there have been Sony laptops capable of playing the format, but no standalone player. Now Panasonic has become the...

beautiful picture ; different mounts ; plays DVDs ; supports BD-live ; comes with car charger ; The Bad

chunky design ; poor battery life (thank goodness for car charger) ; long load times ; costly ($799 USD )

Panasonic’s DMP-B15 is a slick unit. It’s nicely designed (although a bit chunky), plays beautifully and is an absolute joy to watch. While I loved it, I can’t ignore two big issues, battery life and cost. It’s clear this player is not for the mass...

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Panasonic delivers the world's first portable Blu-ray player, but it's not without its flaws

 

Ironically, the Panasonic DMP-B15 works better as an in-house Blu-ray player than a portable one. While there are things to like about the DMP-B15, the device is simply too expensive to overlook its flaws.

Versatile design, bundled car accessories, can be used as a regular Blu-ray player

Expensive, short battery life, 1024x600 screen resolution, bulkier than most portable DVD players

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Panasonic DMP-B15 review

 

Too chunky to be truly portable, but a brilliant Blu-ray player

BD Live ; Superb interface ; Picture quality

Bulky ; Expensive ; No USB ; Slow loading times

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Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player review

 

How many times have you bought a Blu-ray movie, got chatting about it with friends and agreed to lend it or bring it over - only to have to cancel plans because no one else you know has a Blu-ray player? With a lot of us now buying-up Blu-ray bargains,...

BD Live, Viera Cast, DivX playback from disc, SD Card slot

Slow to load, slightly impractical design, pricey

This is a great Blu-ray player, period. If nothing else it will save space on your home entertainment rack but makes Blu-ray a play-anywhere possibility

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Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player

 

The Panasonic DMP-B15 is the world's first portable Blu-ray player. It combines an 8.9in LCD screen and a BD optical drive in a (semi) portable packag...

Versatile design, bundled car accessories, can be used as a regular Blu-ray player

Expensive, short battery life, 1024x600 screen resolution, bulkier than most portable DVD players

Ironically, the Panasonic DMP-B15 works better as an in-house Blu-ray player than a portable one. While there are things to like about the DMP-B15, the device is simply too expensive to overlook its flaws.

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Panasonic DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray Player

 

The Panasonic DMP-B15 is a top-notch Blu-ray player that just happens to be portable.

Of course, the wired Ethernet connection means you can only use these features at home, but built-in Wi-Fi would have allowed you to watch YouTube when you're out and about, which could have been quite useful. Hopefully Panasonic will add it to the...

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Panasonic DMP-B15 review

 

Although the idea of a portable Blu-ray player with an 8.9-inch screen sounds daft, the quality of the Panasonic DMP-B15's screen, together with the fact that it also works really well with a telly, has won us over

Clever design ; Surprisingly crisp pictures ; Works really well with a TV ; Surprising amount of multimedia features ; Comes with a car charger

Rather flimsy build quality ; Chunky ; Screen isn't really HD ; No Wi-Fi ; Battery life is only just good enough ; Screen's viewing angle is rather limited ; Slow to boot up

Conclusion Unless you're really serious about fully exploiting the Panasonic DMP-B15's portability, you'd be better off buying a much cheaper stand-alone player instead. But, if you do travel extensively, especially with children in tow, the DMP-B15's...

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Panasonic DMP-B15 review

 

The Panasonic DMP-B15 combines an 8.9in LCD screen and a BD optical drive in a (semi) portable package. It also doubles as a player for the home, complete with YouTube functionality and BD-Live support - not too shabby for a portable device.

Ironically, the Panasonic DMP-B15 works better as an in-house Blu-ray player than a portable one. While there are things to like about the DMP-B15, the device is simply too expensive to overlook its flaws.

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Panasonic DMP-B15

 

The Panasonic DMP-B15 is Australia's first portable Blu-ray player and features an 8.9-inch screen and LAN network functions.

Lets you watch your Blu-ray collection on the go ; HDMI output for use as a stand-alone player ; Full access to YouTube and Picasa if connected via Ethernet ; Comes with cigarette lighter adapter and headrest mount for car use

Very expensive, with Blu-ray-equipped laptops available at similar prices ; Bulky design ; Short 2.5-hour battery life ; Small screen limits the capability to see the full detail of Blu-ray ; Can't output a standard 1080p signal ; Less reliable...

Beyond image quality, we did experience a few freezes and glitches with the DMP-B15. The first full movie we watched, Batman Begins, made it all the way through glitch-free but playback got "stuck" for a couple of seconds during the credits. We ignored...

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Product Specifications

The DMP-B15, designed to provide the ultimate high definition Blu-ray experience for those on the go, features a high quality 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD screen and includes the unique VIERA CAST internet accessibility and BD Live functionality. Ease of use is an important element in Panasonic's products and the DMP-B15, with a three hour rechargeable battery, is designed with that in mind. In addition to its use as a portable player, the consumer can connect it to an HDTV via HDMI cable, and use it as a standalone Blu-ray Disc player. The player can also be connected to an HD-Audio compatible AV receiver with a home theater speaker system and enjoy movies with outstanding surround sound. To accommodate the traveler, the DMP-B15 offers an optional headrest mounting bracket for in-car use.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Battery

Run Time (Up To):2.5hour(s)

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7in
Height:2in
Weight:2.4lbs
Width:9.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:8.9in
Diagonal Size (metric):22.6cm
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Type:LCD display

DVD

Form Factor:Portable
Media Load Type:Top-load
Media Type:BD-R / BD-RE / BD-ROM / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-R DL / DVD-RAM / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+R DL / DVD+RW / DVD+RW DL
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3
Type:Blu-Ray disc player

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMP-B15
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Network & Internet Multimedia

Internet Streaming Services:YouTube
Network Connection:Ethernet
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