Logitech Revue

Logitech Revue comes with revamped Google TV software which offers access to all online media with enhanced user interface, improved wireless keyboard and other cool features making it a preferable choice for all users. The user interface covers TV content from satellite box/cable and helps in controlling AV receiver, TV and satellite box using in-built IR emitters. Also the device has Google search bar which works great in searching both offline and online content. Also the Chrome browser has support for both HTML5 and Flash video. The device can stream videos, photos and music from any DLNA device or from Desktop.

The important content providers like ABC, CBC and Hulu are presently blocking Google TV and user interface is aimed towards power users. Also the universal search option form Google does not search contents from Netflix. You can select only limited apps initially and the device is pricey when compared with other devices like Roku XDS and Apple TV. There are lots of bugs with present software and there is also network performance issues observed while testing the product. Also, this device is not compatible with non-HD televisions.

The Logitech Revue is a single set-top box which can search both offline and online content sources and also control the home theater components. But there are many caveats and performance issues which you must think about before purchasing this device. The device has many competitors like PS3 slim, Roku XDs and Apple TV. The set-top box size is not as compact as Apple TV, but it is smaller than a blu-ray player and weighs only 1.32 pounds. The box has rounded corners and case tapers down towards bottom. Similar to other modern set-top boxes, it does not have any front buttons and has only two rear buttons for Bluetooth pairing and power. It has in-built IR emitters which help you to control the AV receiver, Cable/Satellite box and your TV.

There are 2 USB ports, HDMI input and output, optical digital audio output, Ethernet Jack and few IR blast ports. There is built-in Wi-Fi support and you can use if you do not Ethernet connectivity in your living room. The wireless keyboard is also included with the device which makes it very easy to control Google TV. The keyboard is very light and thin and runs on 2 AA size batteries.  The keyboard also a touch pad in its upper right corner and the keyboard also has a directional pad along with Android based keys like home and back, favorite and picture-in-picture buttons. You can alternatively purchase a Mini Controller for 130 dollars or control the device using an Android based smart phone or iPhone.  Overall, this innovative design with unique features is very good for home entertainment, but the performance issues and other software bugs are an important concern which makes it less desirable.

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