There comes a time when each know-how crosses the road from fanatic to mainstream, and now it is 4K Blu-ray’s flip. Within the LG UP870, the format now has its first really reasonably priced participant, and it is a doozy. It is blazing-fast and performs disks to a really excessive customary. Briefly, it is one of many best-performing Blu-ray gamers we have examined.

But there’s one huge caveat. In a world of good, linked units the UP870 is fabulously, gloriously “dumb.” Reply me this: Do you purchase a Blu-ray participant primarily based on how properly it streams Netflix? If sure, then it is best to in all probability cease studying now. The UP870 would not stream Netflix, Amazon, YouTube or something in any respect. 

However you in all probability have already got a number of streaming units, so you do not actually need streaming in your Blu-ray participant. The UP870 additionally excludes different stuff you in all probability will not want or use, comparable to Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and concentrates on the requirements. The LG is reasonable and it is good. What else would you like?

Whereas the LG UP870 is at present listed as $199 MSRP, the corporate says it is going to be working a promotional value for the foreseeable future at $109. Additionally it is value noting that the mannequin we reviewed is the end-of-life UP875, however LG says it’s an identical to the UP870, which will probably be accessible all through 2018.

Design and Options

This Blu-ray participant solely performs discs, do not anticipate any Netflix streaming right here.

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Half-width Blu-ray gamers are nice if house is tight, however they do not precisely scream “critical house theater.” Regardless of its finances value, the full-size LG UP870 appears like one thing you can put in a Present Us Yours gallery and really feel proud.

It is not showy, but it is enticing in its personal minimalist manner with a matte, gunmetal end. In contrast to the equally brutalist X700, the LG really features a modicum of controls on the entrance of the unit itself, together with the Play button the Sony lacks. Who thought that “Play” could be an non-compulsory additional nowadays?

The menu on this Blu-ray participant retains issues easy.

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The interface is an identical to each LG participant we have reviewed over the previous 5 years, minus streaming. The dearth of muddle means the method is streamlined: you’ll be able to both play discs, stream music, images or movies from a USB drive or alter the settings. Just like the Sony X700 earlier than it, the fuzzy-looking interface is seemingly ported over from its HD gamers, and so we needed to verify with a check sample that the LG was placing out 4K. It was.

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