Making core adjustments is easy. The setup menu is attractive, easy to follow and responsive, while the options are kept to a minimum. In the box is a slim, compact remote that’s packed with tiny buttons, but the slightly larger menu controls are ideally placed for the thumb. You can also adjust the colour and brightness levels of the screen using the buttons on top of the unit.
To put the screen through its paces we loaded up the Men In Black DVD and right from the outset the DP391B delivered solid picture quality. One of the main concerns with portables is making sure the screen is bright and visible under any viewing conditions, be it broad daylight or in the dead of night, and the LG’s solid contrast range and low reflection screen comes up trumps no matter when or where you watch it.
Picture quality is at its best with bright outdoor scenes, like the scene where Will Smith is being thrown around by a huge tentacle while Tommy Lee Jones chats in the foreground – colours are vibrant and natural, plus Jones’ suit is a fairly convincing shade of black, with plenty of shadow detail visible within it. But even with dark scenes like the movie’s opening titles, the screen’s excellent contrast level means you can easily make out what’s going on.
The high resolution of the screen allows a lot of detail to be displayed – for example, the grass that surrounds Smith just after delivering the alien baby is very well defined. It also means that edges are free from jaggedness and there’s no banding on colour transitions.
The only flaws are a ghosting effect that surrounds most objects, making the image seem fractionally out of focus, plus some faint crawling noise on large coloured areas. However, these issues are only really noticeable if you look closely and you’re not really going to scrutinise the picture when you’re sat in the back of a car or on the train.
High-resolution JPEG photos look magnificent though, making great use of that 800 x 480 screen. They’re displayed with a pleasing sharpness and vivacity and you can rotate images quickly using the up and down keys on the remote. DivX movies also look superb, making it a great all-rounder.
Apart from sound performance, that is. The DP391’s built-in speakers are a complete waste of time, producing thin, weedy sonics that make loud bangs sound like a fly sneezing. You’re better off using headphones at all times.
LG has capitalised on the success of the superb DP271 with this excellent player, which supports a useful range of formats and delivers robust pictures that look great in any environment. But the real wow factor comes from its sensational photo frame design, which not only makes this a great stylish travel companion but also a classy decoration for your home.