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The Herald Magazine - - 30 -

What is it? Good points?

A bud­get Blu-ray and DVD player. The dig­i­tal en­ter­tain­ment de­vice mar­ket has been de­void of value Blu-ray play­ers so long that you would think the discs were en­coded by an ad­vanced alien civil­i­sa­tion that only Nasa could de­ci­pher. Thank­fully this has started to change, with cheaper com­po­nents and in­creased com­pe­ti­tion com­bin­ing to drive down prices. The best re­sult by far has come from Pana­sonic in this nifty num­ber.

The de­vice width is ruler-sized, which means it can be placed in most home en­ter­tain­ment cab­i­nets or bed­room shelves. It sup­ports Blu-ray, DVD and a plethora of other video and au­dio for­mats that can be read via reg­u­lar CDs or USB drives. A low price and un­der­stated looks be­lie the in­no­va­tion in­side, with Pana­sonic in­clud­ing its ad­vanced HCX im­age pro­cess­ing sys­tem, true 4K up­scal­ing and HDR op­ti­mis­ing to tailor out­put qual­ity for your out­put screen.

All the main stream­ing ser­vices are na­tively sup­ported, with Net­flix, Ama­zon Prime and YouTube be­ing most pop­u­lar.

Play­back per­for­mance is as good as you’ll find on any de­vices from any man­u­fac­turer and proves its un­ri­valled value for money.

Bad points?

The only down­side is the very ba­sic and slightly drab ex­te­rior. But this is a small price to pay for an ex­cel­lent value-for-money prod­uct that de­liv­ers well.

Best for …

Those want­ing the lat­est Blu-ray tech­nol­ogy with­out pay­ing the usual premium price.

Avoid if ...

Only sleek and ul­tra-stylish gad­gets make it across your thresh­old. The de­sign may feel too ba­sic.

Pana­sonic UB420 Smart 4K Ul­tra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player, £249 (cur­rys.co.uk)


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