Panasonic has really done nice job adding additional features to their Blu ray players. Out of the four models introduced in 2011, three of them boast Skype calling, 2D to 3D conversion, and the Viera Cast streaming platform. Even the lower end model included some internet streaming options.
The DMP-BDT210 adds few more features to the already impressive DMP-BDT110. The DMP-BDT210 adds WiFi as well as touch sensitive control to the DMP-BDT100 model. DMP-BDT210 is a Profile 2.0 player compatible with BD-LIVE content. You will need an external storage to enjoy some of the BD-LIVE contents. It can natively decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD Master Audio, and DTS high resolution Audio. As with DMP-BDT110, the player will also play the standard MP3 audio files. Also, the DMP-BDT210 can play most MKV files along with some Divx encoded files as well. The file format compatibility is not as good as Samsung or other manufacturers. The Viera Cast found on the DMP-BDT110 is carried over to this model as well. The Viera Cast includes CinemaNow, VUDU, Netflix, Youtube, and many other internet streaming contents. You also have access to news feeds as well as weather feeds from the Viera Cast platform. There are other internet streaming contents on top of the ones mentioned here. The ability to convert 2D to 3D is something new on the Panasonic players. While not as good as movies filmed in 3D, it does fairly decent job of creating some depth to the picture. The Skype is also included on this player as well. You can call and receive calls with optional camera for video conferencing. Also, it comes with answering service if you are away or watching a movie. Unlike the DMP-BDT110, the DMP-BDT210 comes with integrated WiFi functionality. You will not have to buy a WiFi dongle to have wireless connectivity.
Aside from the touch gesture area, the design of DMP-BDT210 is identical to the DMP-BDT110. The DMP-BDT210 comes with flip down front face design. The disc tray and playback buttons are located beneath the face plate on the left and the right respectively. As with DMP-BDT110, the USB port is located in the middle of the player. The LCD is located on the right side of the player next to the playback buttons. The top of the player contains a gesture area where the tray can be opened with wave of hand. The connectivity options are exactly same as the DMP-BDT110. The back of player includes the HDMI, USB, 2 channel analog output as well as simple video output. You also get the SD card slot for extra memory option. The included remote control has the dedicated Netflix and Skype button for fast and convenient access to these features. This is exact same remote control included in the DMP-DBT110 model.
The overall booting and loading speed is in line with other Panasonic models. The players are fairly fast compared to previous generation models. However, it does not significantly outperform other 2011 models. Never the less, you will notice the speed improvement even if it’s not that big. As with DMP-BDT110, the overall performance was faster on most cases. However, it did suffer from some slowdowns with few select Blu ray discs.
As expected, the video processing was top notch. Spot tested with two different Blu ray movies, DMP-BDT210 showed no processing defects. Moiré, jaggieness, and motion blur were all absent from the playback of two discs. All the bonus contents including BD-LIVE contents played without any problems. The upscaling of regular DVD disc was satisfactory. While nowhere near Blu ray quality, it did look nicer than regular playback. The conversion of 2D to 3D was spotty at best. As noted earlier, the conversion does add some depth to the picture. However, the overall effect is minimal and feels like a gimmicky technology at best.
All audio formats played without any problems. All high definition audio formats properly decoded. As with DMP-BD75, it could not play the WMA files. Other than that, the audio performance was spot on. It would have been nice to see Panasonic support more digital file formats like AAC.
Aside from the inclusion of touch free operation and built in WiFi, the DMP-BDT210 is an identical player to the DMP-BDT110. This is in line with what manufacturers do with their new Blu ray player models. They don’t completely change the tech inside. Instead, they add little more features like touch free operation and built in WiFi. Buying the optional WiFi dongle with the DMP-BDT110 will easily be more expensive than buying the DMP-BDT210. At about $160 at most retailers, the DMP-BDT210 is definitely worth the extra money over the DMP-BDT110 model.
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- SKYPE video calls
- Wi-Fi Built-in. Power – AC 120 V.
- Touch-Free Sensor. Region – Blu-ray: A, DVD: 1
- 3D Effect Controller
- Auto Answering Video Message
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