Friday, January 9, 2009

Panasonic Introduces Blu-ray transportable Players

One of the biggest disadvantage to Blu-ray has been its lack of portability. While DVD players are practically everywhere and portable DVD players are cheap, when you buy a Blu-ray Disc you're typically limited to watching it in your home theater. The Panasonic DMP-B15 looks to address this; it is the first portable Blu-ray player and it's also premeditated to be used easily around the house with a built-in stand. Here are the details.This portable unit provides anywhere access to the magic you are slowing getting addicted to at home. The 8.9-inch unit even takes it one step further, adding VIERA CAST Internet accessibility and BD Live functionality. You’ve jumped on the Blu-ray bandwagon, but can’t seem to let go of those standard-def discs. A good reason might be the other DVD players in your house—or the car. Now Panasonic says you can hit the highway with the DMP-B15.Panasonic Makes Blu-ray Portable
Key features of the Panasonic DMP-B15:
8.9-inch WSVGA (1,024x600) LCD screen
Three-hour rechargeable battery
Profile 2.0 compatible
Bitstream output for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio
HDMI output
SD card slot
Optional headrest-mounting bracket for car use
Access to Viera Cast Internet content, including Amazon Video On-Demand
Pricing and availability TBD.
While the DMP-B15 includes a lot of cool features (HDMI output, Viera Cast), the 3-hour battery life seems pretty limiting, especially if the real battery life is closer to 2.5 hours. That means you'll be racing against the clock to finish watching some longer Blu-ray movies and don't even think about pausing. It's also worth pointing out that the image-quality advantages of Blu-ray are going to be nearly imperceptible on the 8.9-inch screen, even with it on your lap.
Panasonic DMP-B15 Portable Blu-Ray Player Review CES 2009-


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