LG BP620

LG BP620

The leading with the 1.6 by 16.9 by 7.8-inch (HWD), 4-pound BP620 is flat and black, distinguished only by a large 3D logo in the center of it. The left 50 % of the leading flips down to reveal the disc tray, while the right half has an LED display hidden behind the glossy black finish. At the top side of the proper side with the player sit four buttons for pause/playback, power, eject, preventing. The right edge also houses a laptop usb port behind a tiny, rubber door. The back of the gamer holds an HDMI output, optical audio and composite video outputs, and an Ethernet port.

The simple, well-designed remote measures 8.2 " long featuring large, flat rubber buttons. LG based the design around easy-to-find direction buttons, but additionally, there are number, playback, and even TV-activating volume, channel, power, input, and mute buttons.

The BP620 supplies a wide selection of movies online services and both free and pay apps, accessible from the player's built-in Wi-Fi or even an Ethernet connection. The Premium services are the most useful, and will include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and several other streamed offerings. The LG apps are much less worthwhile, and can include a middling selection of downloadable games and e-books. Most time spent online with all the BP620 calls for the Premium services, and never the apps, which are not particularly useful beyond being a novelty. Strangely, it is possible to assign the LG apps with a quick launch bar in the primary menu, however, not the assistance. It's really a strange and slightly irritating quirk we've seen in past LG Blu-ray players.


We test Blu-ray players with both BD-Live and older, non-BD-Live discs, as well as the BP620 was impressively fast with both. Having a non-BD-Live disc, Robocop 2, the BP620 took an average of 21.2 seconds from inserting the disc to first showing video (or, in cases like this, the disclaimer at the start of the disc). With a newer BD-Live disc, The Big Lebowski 10th Anniversary Edition, the player took typically 32.9 seconds to load. Those answers are roughly much like the much higher priced Oppo BDP-93 ($499.99, 4 stars) in speed, that takes the average just 14.7 seconds to load non-BD-Live discs and 37 seconds to load BD-Live discs.

LG BP620

We test Blu-ray players with all the HQV Blu-ray test disc, as well as the BP620 passed them all. It handled both video (30 fps) and film (24 frames per second) capably, where there were few hiccups when confronted with motion. The BP620 stuttered slightly with horizontal motion, but every Blu-ray player we've seen except the high-end Oppo BDP-93 has shown jittery motion inside the same test. The BP620 showed The large Lebowski cleanly, with excellent motion tracking with the exception of some slight jerkiness in the floating bowling pin inside the "Gutterballs" scene, which is a stress test we use for precisely that issue.

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