By Jed Martin
Panasonic’s newest Blu-Ray player has an interesting feature that is bound to cause some major headaches. The DMP-BD210 has a “No-Touch” loader control. Yes, you wave your hand over the top of the player to open and close the disk drive. Nice feature , right?
In the setup menu, this feature can be turned on or off, and a warning is shown in the menu, “Do not place any items near the sensor if this feature is activated.” This is fine, assuming 1) the owner reads the owner’s manual to know that this feature can be controlled from the setup menu, and, 2) the owner reads the little note IN the setup menu.
Many people put disks on top of the player, or put the player in a shelving unit of some type. The shop I work at has already had a unit sent in with the complaint “Drive drawer opens and closes at random.” It’s a simple “repair” to turn the feature off, but it looks like there will be a lot of these players coming in for repair with this complaint - or the opposite… “Drive doesn’t open when I wave my hand.”