LG BP620 review

Niall Magennis



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LG BP620
  • LG BP620
  • LG BP620
  • LG BP620
  • LG BP620
  • LG BP620


Our Score:



  • Impressive picture quality
  • Good range of Smart apps
  • Excellent user interface


  • Could be more responsive when dealing with Smart apps
  • Doesn't allow you to add Premium apps to the shortcut menu

Key Features

  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • LG Smart TV platform with BBC iPlayer
  • DNLA support
  • USB port
  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Review Price: free/subscription

The market for Blu-ray players is ferocious, with companies battling it out to see who can offer the most features at the lowest price point. Into this scrap comes the LG BP620. It's a mid-range deck, but keenly priced and sits just above the basic BP420 model in the company's new line up of players. The main difference between the two is that the BP620 has Wi-Fi onboard.

As you would expect, this model includes support for 3D Blu-ray playback and also has LG's Smart TV platform onboard giving you access to the likes of BBC iPlayer. It supports media streaming from PCs connected to your network and can also play files locally via its USB port. That all sounds good on paper, but just how well does it perform?

LG BP620

The LG BP620 is a reasonably good looking player. It's relatively small, measuring 430 x 41 x 197mm, and although it feels light when you pick it up, its build quality is generally pretty good. It has all-black body work with a matt finish on the sides and a touch of gloss added to the front. The top of the player steps down at the front to create a small recess where LG has placed some basic controls, inlcudgn buttons for eject, play, stop and power. The front is split in two, with a flip down flap covering the Blu-ray tray. This is opened and closed automatically as the tray is ejected or retracted. Next to this flap is the small LED display.

There's only a single USB port, which is hidden behind a small pull out flap on the front. On the rear you'll find the HDMI port as well as an optical digital output for feeding audio from the player to external amps that don’t have HDMI connector. LG has also provides a pair of stereo phono sockets as well as a composite video putout. The player has Wi-Fi built-in (which is the main difference between this one and the BP420), but there's an Ethernet port if you'd prefer to use a wired connection, which is often more reliable for media streaming, especially when you're trying to play HD video files.

LG BP620

The user interface is one of the slickest and easiest to use that you'll find on any Blu-ray player. When the player starts up it presents you with the home page that shows large, colourful icons against a metallic-effect background. Across the middle of the screen there are options for movies, photos, music, Premium apps, LG apps and the Set Up menu, while in a banner at the bottom of the screen there are shortcuts to the App store, the search feature and the My Apps configuration screen where you can assign apps to the shortcut banner.

john g

May 17, 2012, 7:45 pm

Whenever I read about a device supporting access to iPlayer, I always wonder whether that means that it's also possible to access 4oD and the ITVplayer. Also, is it always full iPlayer access, including radio programmes? If not, could you report this in future reviews please?

I'd also be interested in a review that put devices together to cope with playing Blue-ray discs, recording TV programmes and accessing online catch-up services, such as the ones I've listed above. Maybe you could look at budget, mid-level and premium choices? It seems to me that, currently, we are back to having loads of separate devices, each with its own remote. Is this likely to change?


May 17, 2012, 9:14 pm

Generally when a device lists support for iPlayer it will be specifically iPlayer, and generally radio is included too.

We'll see what we can do about taking an overarching look at 'media players' as you suggest.


May 18, 2012, 4:58 pm

I brought this player on a whim for also £129 and for the money it's surprisingly good and I do definitely agree it is very slow and laggy when accessing online content specially autocar and stuff which are barely usable.

Larry Biggs

December 17, 2012, 3:55 pm

I am looking at purchasing a LG 55LM8600 LED TV. I am looking for a 3D Player. Do I need the functionally like Wi-Fi on the BlueRay? What is LGs best 3D player that doesn't duplicate the functioanly of the LG 8600?

Neil Young

April 1, 2013, 11:13 pm

Not a bad piece of kit for £80, especially with the added WiFi, the player works nicely with both MiniDLNA and MediaTomb on a Linux server though it would be nice if FLAC files actually showed up when you set the server to transcode files to something it actually WILL play via the DLNA browser.

Interstingly, if you install a DLNA browser such as MediaHouse on an Android tablet and use it to stream the FLAC file from the Linux box to the player, it will actually play the file! It seems the only reason why it won't play FLAC from DLNA servers is purely because the browser hides FLAC files.

Robert Hudson

April 18, 2013, 2:01 pm

Can you get Blinkbox on it. thanks.

Hacking Master

July 8, 2014, 1:31 pm

hey can it play flv files too?

Miyako O'Conner

September 27, 2014, 2:11 pm

Great article. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your LG Smart TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

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