Blu-ray, it seems, is here to stay. Despite posturing from some that digital downloads would rock our world, rather than physical media, we've yet to see any practical evidence of that. LG has always been at the forefront of physical media players -- it was the company that wanted to mute the format war by producing a player that could handle both HD DVD and Blu-ray. Now it's introduced the BD370, a profile 2.0 player with access to online video via YouTube.
Our initial tests with it indicate it's capable of loading our test disc in as little as 1 minute. Now that might sound like enough time for civilisations to rise and fall, but for a standalone player, it's actually one of the fastest machines on the market.
The BD370 also has most of the outputs you're likely to want, with component, composite and HDMI, as well as both optical and coaxial digital outputs. The only glaring omission is the lack of analogue RCA audio outputs, but on an entry-level player we can generally forgive that.
LG hasn't announced when the BD370 will hit the shops, but when it does, expect to pay about £220 for it. Expect a full review soon, but make sure you click through for more photos of the player in action.