LG BD670 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player Review

By on August 10, 2011
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One player to rule your living room.

Good: Brilliant Blu-ray playback; Great DVD upscaling; Smooth network streaming; Firmware updates improve & add functionality; Built-in Wi-Fi
Bad: Slow menu browsing for USB devices; Firmware updates can get slow; Limited channels in UAE
Price: AED 1,100
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Being a first generation PS3 owner, I’m not really a fan of standalone blu-ray players. Well, mainly because at the time of the blu-ray emergence, standalone players seemed as expensive as a PS3, if not more; and unlike the PS3 they were limited in their capabilities. I’m simply referring to the PS3’s ability to expand its playback capabilities due to frequent (and admittedly annoying) firmware updates.

The game has changed a lot since those days, most high-end blu-ray players nowadays only lack the capability to playback video games, matching a PS3 and outperforming it in every aspect. Take the LG BD670 blu-ray player for instance. It’s got 3D playback, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, DLNA streaming as well as the ability to stream videos from the net.

When looking at the LG BD670 for the first time, one can easily write it off as another run of the mill blu-ray player because of how diminutive it looks. Heck, it doesn’t even weigh 3 kgs. But once you take a closer look at all the inscriptions on the top, you’ll see that this little player is huge when it comes to features.

First off, it can play 3D movies, in case that wasn’t obvious from the name. Next up, it has dual-band Wi-Fi (b/g/n), so you can connect to your existing home setup and can access the various channels and Smart functionalities of this player without any signal drops. Also, firmware updates. Being a high-end player means that it can also upscale DVDs, but that’s limited to HDMI connectivity.

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