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LG BD670 review

A decidedly scruffy machine for a smart Blu-ray player, but with a feast of Wi-Fi and connected functionality

Our Verdict

Great value from this smart internet and 3D-ready Blu-ray player, but it lacks style

For

  • First-rate collection of internet-connected content
  • Solid media streaming

Against

  • Dull to look at
  • Clattery disc loading tray
  • Only one USB

LG is currently embroiled in a smart TV war with rival Samsung for dominance of the internet-connected living room landscape. In both TV and Blu-ray, the pair are going head to head with similarly monikered portals (Smart TV and Smart Hub) stuffed with comparable apps and video streaming content, such as in Samsung's recent BD-D7500, which costs around £100 more than the LG BD670 we have for review here.

A cursory glance might indicate that there's not much between the two brands. But just how compelling is LG's Intelligence Quotient?

Certainly, at first glance the BD670 doesn't look particularly smart. It's quite scruffy in fact; from its dull black plastic body, to the embossed buttonry, it's a bit of a duffer.

Rear side connectivity comprises a single HDMI, Ethernet LAN, optical digital audio, phono AV and component port. There's only one USB port, and that's on the front. This is an inconvenience, because the Blu-ray player lacks persistent memory for BD Live applications, so you'll have to live with a thumbdrive sticking out the front if you use BD Live, swapping it over when you want to play media.

At least there's no need for a Wi-Fi dongle – that's built-in and works well. You can connect via WPS (if your router supports this) or manually. I took the latter route, and popped the player wirelessly on my network in as much time as it took me to plod around the soft-keyboard.

LG ui

Thankfully, the LG BD670 smartens up its act considerably when you get to the user interface. The main Home menu consists of a jolly line of colourful function buttons, designated Movie, Photo, Music, Premium and Apps. Click on any one of the first three and the player will show you other DLNA/uPnP clients on your network, allowing you to drill down and stream your media content.

For online content options, hit the remaining buttons. Premium takes you to LG's streaming portal (which, bizarrely, appears to reside at the fork in a virtual road, if the background graphic is anything to go by).

There's a fair amount of entertainment on tap. In addition to BBC iPlayer and YouTube, there's DailyMotion, Acetrax, Cinetrailers and internet radio service VTuner. Filling out the roster is some easy-to-ignore Google Maps twaddle.

Hop over to the apps store and there's more to explore. Curiously, sandwiched between various colour blindness tests and a typo-ridden keep fit tutorial, we found more than a dozen movies, all free to watch. Ultra low-budget indie efforts, they have rather inventively sidestepped traditional movie distribution to end up as download fodder. We don't mind saying that we were rather chuffed with this haul. It's like suddenly discovering a film festival on your doorstep. Free treats like this make smart TV tech such fun to own.

The LG BD670 can also stream media across a network and from USB, with a generally good hit rate. MP3s play, along with album art when available, as do AAC files, although both FLAC and WAV are off limits. And, for reasons I can't explain, my standard WMA test rolled out at high speed. Video file support over the network covered AVI, MKV and MOV content.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsDVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW, BD-RE
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD
Number of Discs1
Brand NameLG
Audio FormatsMP3, CD-DA, WMA, AC3, AAC
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, Video CD, SVCD, MPEG-4, DivX, MPEG-2, VC-1, AVCHD, DivX HD, MKV, MPEG-1, XviD
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption13.10 W
Standby Power Consumption1.15 W
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Digital to Analog Video Converter12-bit - 162 MHz
Digital to Analog Audio Converter24-bit - 192 kHz
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Height48.3 mm
Width429.3 mm
Depth200.7 mm
Picture ControlColour
FeaturesBD Live, 1080p Upscaling, Bonus View
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product ModelBD670
Product NameBD670 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
Input Voltage110 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberBD670
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

IS IT A BLU-RAY PLAYER? OR SOMETHING BETTER?

If you want stunning Full HD 1080p and the unlimited possibilities of Entertainment Access, you've found it with the BD670 Network Blu-ray Disc Player. With LG Smart TV Access and Integrated Wi-Fi Connectivity, you get thousands of movies, Apps, shows and online videos straight to your TV from your wireless Internet connection at home. This is a Blu-ray player that delivers the best in HD, while setting your entertainment free in more ways than one.

Package Contents
  • BD670 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Universal Remote Control
  • 1 x CD-ROM (LG Edition Nero MediaHome Bundle)
  • 1 x AV Cable (RCA Type)
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide
  • 1 x Registration Card
Remote ControlYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.80 kg