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LG BP420 review

 Review: January 2013  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: A good value Blu-Ray player with Smart TV and 3D playback.



 

Design & looks

The BP420 is a smart and stylish Blu-Ray player with a black, glossy finish. It will blend in well with a contemporary LED TV from LG or another make.

Playback

The player can play Blu-Ray disks as well as DVDs, including DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R. It can also play CDs, including CD-R and CD-RW. Surprisingly for an entry-level player, it has full support for 3D Blu-Ray disks.

When playing DVDs, the player can upscale to full 1080p HD.

Smart Hub

The player is equipped with LG Smart TV giving you access to catch-up TV, LoveFilm, a premium video on demand service, Facebook, Twitter and LG Apps. For this, you'll need to connect the box to the internet using an ethernet cable.

Connectivity

The player connects to a HD Ready TV via HDMI or to an older TV via a composite AV connection. There's also an optical audio output for connecting to an external speaker system.

A USB port lets you plug in a USB drive or other device and access music, photos or videos on your TV.

An ethernet connection enables internet access.

You can also download an app to turn your smartphone into a remote control for the device.

Conclusion - a good value player with Smart TV & 3D

The BP420 is currently LG's most popular Blu-Ray player and with good reason. Despite being priced at around £100, it includes support for Smart TV and 3D playback. It lacks Wi-Fi support though, so if this feature is important, you should consider the BP520 or BP620 models. Or you might consider Samsung's BD-E6100 player, which includes built-in Wi-Fi.


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