By Andrew Liszewski
When we brought you Panasonic’s first portable Blu-ray player way back at CES 2009, we lamented at the fact its 1024×600 LCD display couldn’t even muster up a 720P resolution. But the company has just released the latest version of this player, and besides looking considerably more svelte than the original, it now boasts a display resolution of- …wait, 1024×600 still? Lame!
I can understand the reasoning behind not wanting to cram a 1080P display’s worth of pixels into an 8.9-inch screen, but you still can’t give us at least 720P Panasonic? You could even then start boasting about its high-def display! Anyways, like the original it seems to be more of a portable solution for playing Blu-ray movies on a big-screen HDTV since it includes an HDMI connection. When using it as a standalone player though the built-in rechargeable battery is good for about 4 hours of playback with the screen completely dimmed, and besides DVD and BR capabilities, the player also has an SD card slot for loading video content, or just letting it serve as an expensive digital photo frame. $299.99, available now.