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Exceptional image quality, a generous selection of streaming Internet services, bookmarking features, and 3D make the LG BD670 Blu-ray Disc player a standout. Its menus and interface are a little rough around the edges, so it's clumsier to use than some competitors, but its many virtues make the $180 estimated street price (as of November 17, 2011) seem reasonable. Let's get the disappointing stuff out of the way: The BD670 lacks a handful of modest features, common in Blu-ray players, that make them easier to use. For instance, when you first turn on the player, you won't get a friendly first-time wizard to walk you through setup--you'll have to search the menus and figure things out yourself. And although you'll find on-screen explanations for menu settings, they're not always helpful. For example, when you're setting Audio options, nothing on the screen will tell you what 'DTS Re-Encode' or 'Primary Pass-Thru' means. You will find decent explanations in the online manual, but that brings up another problem. The 23-page printed manual is skimpy and lacks detail. The full, 63-page PDF manual comes on the included CD-ROM, and is also available on LG's website.
The LG BD670 3D Blu-ray player is a mid-range 2011 model loaded with LG's connected services, plenty of connections and even built-in Wi-Fi n. Design isn't exactly a strong point for this Blu-ray player. With a rather imposing casing and buttons cluttering up the front face, LG is clearly not at the cutting-edge of product design with the BD670. At the right-hand side of the front face there's a USB port for hooking up an external storage device (1 GB minimum) for BD-Live features or for playing films and music with the built-in media player. Note that the system is compatible with NTFS-formatted devices. We found that most file formats were played without too much trouble but, unlike similar systems in TVs, this media player doesn't read X264-encoded HD videos, which is a bit of a shame. There are plenty of connections on the back of the BD670, with an HDMI 1.4 socket plus component, composite, optical audio out, analogue stereo audio out and Ethernet ports. The BD670 is compatible with DLNA 1.5 (via Ethernet or Wi-Fi n) and offers access to LG's Smart TV platform for VOD, applications, web services, YouTube, Picasa and more. However, we were a bit disappointed to see that navigation in this platform was really quite slow.
LG is currently embroiled in a smart TV war with rival Samsung for dominance of the internet-connected living room landscape. In both TV and Blu-ray, the pair are going head to head with similarly monikered portals (Smart TV and Smart Hub) stuffed with comparable apps and video streaming content, such as in Samsung's recent BD-D7500, which costs around £100 more than the LG BD670 we have for review here.A cursory glance might indicate that there's not much between the two brands. But just how compelling is LG's Intelligence Quotient? Certainly, at first glance the BD670 doesn't look particularly smart. It's quite scruffy in fact; from its dull black plastic body, to the embossed buttonry, it's a bit of a duffer.Rear side connectivity comprises a single HDMI, Ethernet LAN, optical digital audio, phono AV and component port. There's only one USB port, and that's on the front. This is an inconvenience, because the Blu-ray player lacks persistent memory for BD Live applications, so you'll have to live with a thumbdrive sticking out the front if you use BD Live, swapping it over when you want to play media.At least there's no need for a Wi-Fi dongle – that's built-in and works well.
Looks aren't everything. Especially when it comes to electronics. Sometimes, you can have a remarkably good product in a pretty bland package. Take the LG BD670 ($249.99 list), it isn't much to look at compared with sleeker, more stylish Blu-ray players like the Sony BDP-S770 ($249.99, 3.5 stars) or the Sharp BD-HP35U ($299.99, 2.5 stars), but it offers a fantastic feature set, including 3D support, and solid performance at an affordable price. Atypical for many high-end Blu-ray players, the BD670 emphasizes function over form. The 1.9-by-16.9-by-7.9-inch (HWD) player is relatively free of the subtle design flourishes found on Sony and Sharp's Blu-ray players, instead sporting a plain black front plate with a metallic LG logo on the far left, a metallic Blu-ray 3D logo in the center, and a set of metallic, plastic-feeling Eject, Play/Pause, Stop, and Power buttons on the right side. The USB port to the right of the control buttons, on the far right of the player, has a small rubber cover, so the port isn't exposed when not in use, which is a nice touch. Still, it's not as handy as a rear-facing USB port where you can plug in a flash drive to enable BD-Live features without disrupting the look of the player, or better yet, sufficient integrated memory.
With every manufacturer adding bells and whistles to try to make its Blu-ray player stand out from the crowd, the LG BD670's no-frills approach ironically is what stands out. Instead of adding features of dubious worth (2D-to-3D conversion, cross-platform search that doesn't work), the BD670 relies on a simple formula for success: built-in Wi-Fi, lots of high-quality streaming media services--including standouts like Amazon Instant, MLB.TV, MOG, and Napster--and a clean, simple user interface. Its basic approach makes it one of our favorite Blu-ray players of the year, neck and neck with the Panasonic DMP-BDT210. Overall, the Panasonic has a slight edge with its faster disc-loading speeds and nifty touch-free disc tray, but the LG is definitely worth considering with its slightly superior selection of streaming media services. If you're going to use those additional streaming services, go with the BD670; otherwise stick with the DMP-BDT210 and its faster speed. The BD670 doesn't have any design flourishes, looking simply like a thin, glossy black box. There's a standard disc tray slot as opposed to the slot-loading design on some Samsung players.
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