panasonic dmp-bdt310

Although the DMP-BDT310 is expensive compared to some rival flagship players (particularly when you add the cost of the Skype camera), it certainly crams in a lot for the money. The feature list is extraordinary, throwing in everything from Wi-Fi enabled networking and Skype functionality to iPhone control and 2D-to-3D conversion – and that's before we've even mentioned Blu-ray playback.

That said, the 3D conversion isn't always effective, and it's a shame the new-fangled Viera Connect hasn't yet filtered down to Panasonic's Blu-ray decks. But any such concerns are wiped away when you clap eyes on the deck's immaculate 2D and 3D pictures and hear its surprisingly good CD playback.

We liked:

The DMP-BDT310's incredibly generous feature list, which leaves no stone unturned, and the excellent picture performance with 2D and 3D discs. It's also a cinch to use thanks to the attractive new operating system while the compact casing and Touch-Free Sensor make the external design highly appealing. Two HDMIs is a bonus too.

We disliked:

It's relatively expensive. Viera Cast needs more compelling content to match Samsung and Sony's offerings, and 3D conversion isn't particularly convincing. And as much as we love Skype, the price of the communication camera is a big ask.

Verdict:

If you can raise the funds, the DMP-BDT310 will reward you with an avalanche of cutting-edge features, knockout 2D and 3D pictures, and a brilliant operating system