LG BP530

The Good The LG BP530 offers a fine selection of streaming services, built-in Wi-Fi, and decent disc playback. It also features subtle styling and a well-laid-out remote and is easy to use, despite some user interface clutter.

The Bad Netflix loads particularly slowly. The neat Private Listening feature only works with discs, not apps, and isn't reliable. And there are minor image quality issues for picky viewers.

The Bottom Line The LG BP530 has built-in Wi-Fi and a good selection of apps, but there are just enough quirks to keep it from being a top Blu-ray player pick.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Ecosystem 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Value 8.0
7.2 Overall

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LG BP530
LG BP530
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Ecosystem
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Features
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Performance
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Value
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Review

An easy-to-use, but sluggish, Blu-ray player

You can get a lot of Blu-ray player for under $100 these days, including built-in Wi-Fi and a full suite of streaming-media services to supplement your disc-playing needs.

If you're looking for a player that offers a reasonable selection of apps and does a good job with most discs, the LG BP530 is a decent choice. While neither the best performer nor the fastest player available this year, it also doesn't have any deal-breaking flaws. Sure, the interface is unnecessarily cluttered, there's a minor issue with some film content, and the Private Listening feature isn't as promising as it appears on paper, but at least it's not stuffed with advertising, like the Panasonic DMP-BDT230.

You'd be better off with Samsung's BD-F5900 ($95), but the LG BP530 is still a solid, only-some-nonsense machine.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand LG
  • Type 3D Blu-ray player
  • Form Factor Tabletop
  • Internet Streaming Services Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Picasa, Amazon Video, Vudu, AccuWeather, Hulu Plus
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