One of the most time honored traditions at CES 2012 is the unveiling of new home electronics. This is really what the show is about as dozens upon dozens of new TVs, A/V receivers, speakers, Blu-ray players and more are brought into the public light for the first time. A chunk of them tend to be energy efficient to some extent, but most we don’t report on because they aren’t that interesting. One that has grabbed our eye, however, is the new Panasonic DMP-BDT320 Blu-ray player.
What’s interesting about this player to us from an eco-angle, besides the fact it is Energy Star qualified, according to Panasonic, is a feature called Smart Eco Sensor. This function detects an owner’s movement and switches to quick start mode automatically. When one is within16 feet of the player it is in eco mode, using approximately 0.1 watts. When motion is detected within 16 feet the player turns on to the quick start mode (approximately 3.2 watts).
Now, granted, this low power standby mode is the classic definition of vampire power. That being said, this special eco function at least makes a passing attempt at addressing the fact that many owners of these types of devices leave them fully powered on the whole time. An auto energy savings function can thus be appreciated for that fact alone.
The BDT320, beyond this, has a lot of other nice touches for those wanting a Blu-ray player for their home media setup. These include, at a glance: 3D support, HD video playback, a slim design, a slot-in drive that allows one to insert a disc without the need for a tray and prevents one from inadvertently loading a second disc, streaming Internet video options and lots more.
This player was also honored with a special award at CES for its design. There’s been no word yet on pricing or availability.