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Panasonic DMR-BWT700 HDD and Blu-ray recorder combo

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It’s also a bit disappointing when it comes to the line up of internet services. The player uses the older Viera Cast IP TV system rather than the newer Viera Connect one found on Panasonic’s latest TVs. As a result, you miss out on some key services, not least of which is BBC iPlayer support. Nevertheless, there are still some useful services here including support for Skype alongside YouTube and the Acetrax movie rental service.

Panasonic DMR-BWT700

Navigation isn't the most intuitive aspect of this recorder

So the BWT700 is certainly not lacking when it comes to functionality. However, products are not purely about features, they’re about usability too and unfortunately this is where the BWT700 comes a bit unstuck. Although some operations are pretty simple and straightforward, there are times when the recorder is downright obtuse and you’ll likely to find yourself deep in the manual in the first couple of weeks of ownership.

Verdict

Indeed, it’s a shame Panasonic hasn’t made made any significant changes to the user experience, including those godforsaken EPG ads. Given what you get on the company's tellies the internet services and digital media streaming support should be better too. In other areas, the Panasonic DMR-BWT700 performs well, the recording and playback quality is top notch and it’s packed with features which techie-minded folk will get on fine with it, but others will find it a bit of pig to use. ®

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Panasonic DMR-BWT700

Panasonic DMR-BWT700 HDD and Blu-ray recorder combo

Dual Freeview HD tuner with HDD recorder and Blu-ray burner.
Price: £550 RRP

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