Panasonic DMP-BD45 Blu-ray player
Panasonic DMP-BD45 review: a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player with SD card slot
- Excellent 1080p video playback, attractive design
- Profile 1.1, limited features and connectivity, fiddly remote control
The Panasonic DMP-BD45 is a basic Blu-ray player that concentrates on doing one thing well: playing Blu-ray movies. If you want to access BD-Live content and other online features, you will need to look elsewhere.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
The Panasonic DMP-BD45 is a bare-bones Blu-ray player aimed at quality-conscious consumers who don't care about bells and whistles. As the entry-level model in Panasonic's Blu-ray player line-up, it lacks common features such as BD-Live, YouTube access and component video. The Panasonic DMP-BD45 is a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player, which means it does not provide any of the features or benefits of Profile 2.0 machines (including online functionality).
[Compare the Panasonic DMP-BD45 Blu-ray player to other PVR/Blu-ray reviews on PC World.]
What it does provide is the same pristine 1080p video as its pricier stable mates; the Panasonic DMP-BD65 and Panasonic DMP-BD85. Although unquestionably overpriced for what it offers, the Panasonic DMP-BD45's excellent video performance makes it a worthwhile option for people who just want to watch Blu-ray movies on their HD TV.
Panasonic DMP-BD45: Design and connectivity
The Panasonic DMP-BD45 is quite compact, measuring just 49x430x207mm. While it's nowhere near as small as the Kogan Blu-ray Player Slim BD 2.0 Full HD 1080p, it should still fit inside your home theatre setup with minimum hassle.
The Panasonic DMP-BD45 is surprisingly attractive for a budget-level Blu-ray player. A mirrored faceplate covers the tray-loading disc drive, while a flip-out door conceals the SD card slot. Panasonic has also included some basic playback buttons on the unit — handy for when you misplace the remote control.
For connectivity, the Panasonic DMP-BD45 comes with just the basics: you get HDMI, composite video and optical digital audio. If you're looking for a Blu-ray player to hook up to your home network or high-end sound system, you'll definitely need to look elsewhere. Sadly, there is no USB port on this unit, which rules out USB media playback (DivX files aren't supported either).
Panasonic DMP-BD45: Remote and user interface
The DMP-BD45's remote is cut from the same esoteric cloth as its big brothers. In other words, it's needlessly complicated, riddled with similarly shaped buttons and obscure labels. (We defy anyone to find the Main Menu button within a few seconds of trying.)
Panasonic DMP-BD65 remote control
This is sure to frustrate novice users who purchased the Panasonic DMP-BD45 for its supposed simplicity. On the plus side, the remote proved highly responsive during testing and its chunky size should make it harder to lose beneath the couch.
The Panasonic DMP-BD45's menu is clean and attractive, with basic on-screen text to guide novice users. Response times when flicking between menus was nice and snappy. For a budget Blu-ray player, the Panasonic DMP-BD45's interface is a winner.
Panasonic DMP-BD45: Performance
To test the Panasonic DMP-BD45's playback performance, we hooked it up to a 50in Sharp LC52LE820X LED TV and watched the Blu-ray edition of Terminator: Salvation, along with the DVD version of The Matrix. In both cases, the DMP-BD45 produced sharp and vibrant images with plenty of intricate detail and no major abnormalities. The player sports the same PH4D processing chip as its higher-end colleague; this did a great job of upscaling standard-definition video to 1080p.
The Panasonic DMP-BD45 required just 18 seconds of prep time before it began playing a disc — a significant improvement over previous models we've tested. Once the disc was playing skipping chapters involved slight lag, though nothing we couldn't live with.
All in all, there is nothing especially wrong with the Panasonic DMP-BD45. It produces excellent 1080p video, has good upscaling capabilities and is quite attractive for the asking price. However, for a Blu-ray player to still be Profile 1.1 in today's day and age is pretty unimpressive, to say the least. Even ultra-budget models from Kogan and Soniq feature Profile 2.0 support, so there's really no excuse for Panasonic not to include it. That said, the Panasonic DMP-BD45 is hard to beat on the performance front, which is the only reason to snap one up.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the newsletter!
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Apple iPhone X
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Lego Mindstorms EV3
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Xbox One X
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- BenQ Debuts True 4K UHD HDR Home Cinema Projector Designed for Modern Families
- Foxtel Now's new streaming device launched weeks after TelstraTV
- Logitech announce new MX Sound speakers
- Telstra looks to solve 'Entertainment Exasperation' with new 4K Telstra TV
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- PC World 2017 Editors' Choice Awards Nomineees Announced
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTBusiness Intelligence and Insights ManagerOther
- FTSenior PM - Skype for BusinessOther
- CCDesktop Support EngineerNSW
- FTSalesforce AdministratorOther
- CCLinux Platform/Development SpecialistNSW
- CCCustomer Service RepresentativeNSW
- CCRPG Analyst ProgrammerNSW
- FTBusiness Systems AnalystOther
- CCRecruitment AdvisorNSW
- CCProblem manager - OSS, Service Assurance appsVIC
- TPSenior Project Manager - Internet Portal and InfrastructureQLD
- CCProject Manager - InfrastructureWA
- FTTest Analyst (SAP)SA
- FTO365 ConsultantOther
- FTSecurity Operations EngineerOther
- CCExstream DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Project CoordinatorNSW
- FTApplication Support Analyst (.NET, SQL. ORACLE, ITIL)Other
- FTSenior .Net Developer - (Australian Citizens Only)Other
- TPOffice 365 Technical LeadQLD
- FTScrum Master - Digital / Marketing - CBAOther
- FTMid-level Front End DeveloperOther
- CCProject Manager -AgileWA
- FTDev Ops EngineerOther
- CCProject ManagerNSW