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76 of 77 found the following review helpful:
Pansasonic leads the way!!!!!!!Jun 22, 2012
By T. Chandler
I have been waiting for this unit since the CES show. Pansonic released some incredible Blu Ray players this year and this unit so far has exceeded my expectations. First off Amazon has the lowest price on this unit so far, yes it's sold by Beach Audio but going through Amazon makes it easier for a few dollars more. I wanted a smaller unit that was packed with features and this is it.
When I first saw it for sale I didn't hesitate to get it. I was hoping that Panasonic wouldn't delay the sale of the unit in the U.S. any longer. I believe it's almost 2 months overdue. Upon its arrival, unboxing was fast, I couldn't wait to peel back the packaging and let this unit breath....... Having this for only 4 hours I have been able to watch a movie and set up the unit the way I want it. Ah yes the remote, we have heard horror stories about there touch pad remote. This baby is cool, once you get use to the pad all the controls are on the screen. You can't get easier then that. I downloaded the Pansonic iPhone and iPad app and both work perfect with the unit. Follow the directions and it was up and running in seconds. I wanted to be the first to review this unit and to let potential buyers know its worth the investment. Yes it's small but it's capabilities are packed solid. I have not used everything as of yet but I will be updating this very quickly. Stay tuned!
IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT: The dimensions listed on here are incorrect!! It is 7" X 7" X 1" with nothing plugged in. You determine what type of HDMI cable you will use, and that will assist you in how much room is needed behind it.......They do provide an HDMI cable with it if you need one....
Update: This unit is working perfect, I am connected via ethernet through a switch with the rest of my entertainment system. I have downloaded both Panasonic apps for this player for the iPhone and iPad. Both work flawlessly, make sure when checking the app store for them you pick the correct one, it will list this specific player in the directions. Also make sure in the settings of this unit, you turn ON the remote device settings so it can be found. I streamed video via Youtube and a movie from Netflix flawlessly. I will add that the streaming capability of this unit is awesome..... The supplied remote is super easy to use, the pad is on screen and easy to navigate. Since my iPhone is synced with my entire home entertainment center, I found using this is even easier. I also used a 16 gig thumb drive full of music and tested the USB port on the unit. It recognized my audio folder and played from it with no issues. Since I currently don't have 3D I can't provide any info about that as of yet. I am setting up my network drive system on it to access my computer. I will update additional info about this unit.. Stay tuned!!!
Update: Networking is simple, make sure its part of your home network and allow the necessary permissions. DVD's boot super fast, Blu Rays take about 18 seconds to load. You will notice that when you put a DVD in a small door will close after its inserted. When you eject the disk the door will remain in the open position. This is normal as the electronics are protected. So far this unit has been awesome. Panasonic needs to update the iPhone and iPad app allowing the user to utilize a full keyboard when searching online. After much time spent with this unit, I found that you still have to enter your searchs with one touch letter select and not a full keyboard. Come on Panasonic, update the app for this capability.... I will continue small updates as I come across features or any issues to help out others....
Update: 6 month review.... I have found this unit to still be working just as awesome as the day I bought it. I have read numerous reviews regarding the supplied remote. I will say I don't even use that remote at all. I have found the iPhone app works so much better so there is no need to use to use it. As for android users I am sure the app is the same. I did have a few issue with bluray disks not wanting to play but it appeared to be the disk and not the player.
27 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Like the player. HATE the remote.Sep 06, 2012
By Randy M
The REMOTE! This review must focus on the terrible remote. It is like the finger mouse pad on a laptop. When a disc is playing you must tap to bring up the onscreen pad. THEN, try and find your desired function (without accidentally selecting a non desired function by mistake). Once you find the function in the onscreen function pad, you tap to select it. Way too awkward. Takes way too long. Way too confusing. The touch pad is very sensitive, so its easy to make the wrong selection. WHY Panasonic... WHY???? I'd fire that remote design department head ASAP. What were these people thinking? Is it really necessary to reinvent something so simple like a remote control?
Other than the remote, the player functions as it should, a 3D BR player. Wifi connected first time. Did an firmware update upon connection. I did not buy this from Amazon and "almost" went with the similar sized cubed 3D player by Samsung. I will probably return this Panasonic for the Samsung only because this remote IS AWFUL !!!!!
PS. Should add there IS NO eject on the remote. Hopefully for those that keep this player, a future firmware update may be able to add remote eject?
I would think that possible, since the functions are "on screen" and not buttons on the remote. They could add eject to the on-screen selections.
And the cube player comes with a snap-on stand which allows different placement options. Flat, on its side, tilted with the front raised (best in my opinion).
I waited to return the Panasonic, while in the mean time trying the samsung mini cube 3D unit. Well... the samsung was total junk. So the samsung went back, and I kept this panasonic. Getting a bit more use to the remote. Still would prefer buttons on the remote and not on-screen buttons/selections. Internet apps can be customized and turned on-off for those apps not personally needed. Apps can be re-arranged to as to preference for usage. All in all, for a small cube, this is probably the most desired mini 3D BR player internet connected device around. This panasonic 3D player is much smaller than the samsung cube. And the panasonic works 1000 times better than the samsung cube. I just ordered a second panasonic of the same model for another 3D TV downstairs. Will have to learn to live with the remote, looks like.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
The one I've been waiting forAug 11, 2012
By William A. Robinson Jr.
This will undoughtedly come down in price, but I wanted it when I assembled my home theater system. I bot a Visio 55" 3D/internet/streaming HDTV. Then a Bose "Accustamass 6" surround sound w/an Onkyo 3D, 5.1 reciever. This DVD player is the frosting on the proverbial cake. The only thing it DOESN'T do, is make the popcorn. Blu-Ray, internet, streams, upconverts 2D to 3D, plays every imaginable format, and man it is small. I wasn't ready for how small it actually is ! The only drawback, and this is because I like to watch TV in the dark, is the touch screen remote. My jury is still out on this one. It's a personnal thing, but if you buy this unit, and believe me YOU WANT to buy this player, it's kind of a long learning curve and w/no back lite buttons, it's even harder to reconnoiter. One other trivial thing, it has no eject function on the remote. Gotta get yer lazy a$$ off of the couch, to pop it out of the player. This was so new when I got it, that I went solely on the 1st review, from a guy who had seen it at the CES show, and he was right.. Oh, one other thing, as I'm watching "Mesrine", I put it on pause to write this (I needed a break from the french subtitles) after 30 minutes it shuts down. You have to then hit the "on" button, on the remote to resume watching the movie. They said it is to save the drive motor, I believe. Try it, you'll like it !!
I still luv this player, but I will tell ya, THIS IS BY FAR THE WORSE REMOTE I HAVE EVER USED !!!!!!! Touch screen that works when it feels like it. The only way I can really explain it is, I hope the guy who designed it has worms crawing thru his eys sockets right now!! Bad piece to an other wise fine product.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
It's a (stylish) Blu-Ray Player with an HDMI Cable Included in BoxJul 26, 2012
Small, just 7"x7" square. Some have called the design a conversation piece (in the way that all 7"x7" squares are conversation pieces?) but if people notice your small stylish blu-ray player and do 10 minutes conversing about it ("it's so square!") then you can probably use all the strange looking blu-ray players you can get. It's a slot load player with a cheap looking plastic bottom. Since you're paying more for less (size), you get slot loading plus an HDMI cable in the box - and the controversial touch pad remote too. Critics have said that Panasonic messed with a good thing by replacing the remote included on their other models (the 220, for instance) with the touch pad remote. Some have opined that Panasonic was jumping on the tablet trend here, and indeed they probably were. In use, the remote isn't that bad. Just stay in the center of the pad with your finger or thumb and you'll be fine. But the remote isn't intuitive. There's a pop up on screen keypad, but no eject button (the thinking here was probably that you have to walk over and remove the disc anyway, but if so, why include it on their button remotes?) You're advised to download the free Panasonic app for your phone, it's better, and generally speaking, you know where your phone is, and finding the remote isn't always as easy. You're paying for size and style here, but beyond that, it's a Panasonic blu-ray player with the same menu's found on their other players, and a few extra features to justify the higher price point.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Slim 3D Blu Ray PlayerOct 15, 2012
I was looking for a 3D blu ray player that did everything, but at the same time was very slim to fit nicely under my TV. I'm happy to say that this one fits the bill. The dimensions are 7" by 7" by 1" without the stand which I do not use. The power button and eject button are not really buttons, but rather touch sensitive, which I like. The right side of the player opens up to display an SD card and USB port to view/ watch all of your photos and videos. Of course it can play DVD, blu ray, and 3d blu ray.
The player itself can convert any 2D picture or video into 3D. This includes pictures/ videos from sd card and usb, netflix, vudu, dvds, normal blu rays, and anything else you can think of. To do this you simply go to the options menu while playing any video and switch to "2D to 3D" and it converts for you automatically. Since I already had a smart TV I wasn't sure how much I would use the extra features on the blu ray player itself, but since it can convert the content to 3D it will be used from time to time.
The remote itself isn't as bad as people make it out to be. It has very few buttons and instead has a scroll pad similar to a laptops track pad. It works well and is easy to get used to. I actually like it rather than having a remote with 50 or so buttons.
Overall, this is a great choice if you want a 3D blu ray player, especially if you are looking for a slim one.
If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them.
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