Issues with PC/laptops and Blu-Ray DRM playback! I dropped an extra pile of buck$ in my laptop purchase (HP Mobile Workstation) to get a Blu-Ray writer/player... only to discover that there are now licensing issues with playback software (both Nero and Intervideo). It seems that there are no upgrades available to play many "new featured" discs. So if I were in your shoes, I would likely just grab the low-end Panasonic and be done.
(my home theater has a nice Sony BR player, but that's a different story).