"LG's 4K Blu-ray player is a budget marvel"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
LG's 4K Blu-ray player is a budget marvel
Do you have a 4K TV?
Then you probably need one of these.
The LG UP870 costs about the same as a decent HD Blu-ray player, but it does almost everything a 4K owner needs including HDR.
But what it doesn't do could be a deal breaker.
The LG is strictly disc based with no streaming apps.
It doesn't even have Wi-Fi.
But what LG has done by stripping the player down to the basics is ensure that it now performs to a very high standard.
But you would know this just by looking at it.
Everything from the design to the interface is bare, almost to the point of abstraction.
Even the remote control Is a little rudimentary feeling.
But the player does offer features most people need, including an HDMI output with HDR10 and Dolby Atmos support, as well as 4K upscaling.
And the onboard scaler is very good indeed.
DVDs look as keen as a high-end player can make them, but at a quarter of the cost.
The LG will also replay HD and 4K disks as well as any other competitor out there.
The other thing it won't do is Dolby vision.
If you pay more, you can get that, but you still don't need it.
In the end though, what the UP870 really offers is speed.
It will start playing your discs faster than almost anything else, without the picture quality compromises you might expect.
At around $120 the LG UP870 is cheap and it's good.
In short, it's our new benchmark for value for money 4K Blu-ray player
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