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Panasonic DMP-B15

Panasonic DMP-B15
alaScore 86

39 reviews

Sep, 2014

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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 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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Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player

 

Portability might not seem like an obvious plus point for a Blu-ray player, but Panasonic's first attempt at such a beast is mostly very successful, despite its hefty price tag.

Decent picture, good range of features including Viera Cast and BD-Live, quality standalone Blu-ray player, portability

Small viewing angle on screen, limited video/audio formats, unimpressive battery life, not cheap

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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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