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?
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.
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.