Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer Review

Posted: May 17, 2010
Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer Review

The Sony Dash brings the web right to your fingertips with a 7" touch screen, wireless connectivity and over a thousand free apps like Netflix, Pandora and Facebook. Morgan Webb and Kevin Pereira find out how much entertainment, social networking and information the Dash can bring you for $200.

What You Need to Know

  • At first glance, this feels like a larger Chumby, or a smaller, stationary iPad
  • The 7” touch screen is double the size of the Chumby's screen
  • It has 800 x 480 resolution
  • There’s a built-in accelerometer so you can turn it over
  • There’s also a menu/ snooze button and a volume rocker on the top
  • The screen is not as responsive as an iPad, but it gets the job done
  • Scrolling and typing is a bit slow
  • There is no multi-touch
  • At least the screen doesn't feel cheap like the Chumby
  • The Dash is able to use all the free Chumby widgets that already exist, and they have improved the interface so you get more info at a glance
  • You can change the theme so you can see your widgets, weather, media, and the clock
  • It also works just like a Chumby where you use the Dash website to add almost 1,500 interactive apps that have news, sports, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, practically anything in bite-sized format
  • You can also add or remove widgets directly on the Dash
  • The interface is kind of laggy when switching between screens
  • Overall, though, this is worlds better than the Chumby
  • The thing that really makes the Dash powerful is its access to Sony's Bravia internet video which gives you Netflix, Amazon Video, and a ton of other searchable content
  • Netflix works just like it should, and it looks better than we thought it would; it's perfect for killing time in the kitchen or bathroom
  • YouTube also delivers. It's kind of slow loading and searching, but all the content is here and looks great
  • This is only just scratching the surface. The amount of video that Sony provides is staggering, and since you can do a universal search, you'll never run out of things to watch
  • This is by far the best implementation of the Chumby interface, and the addition of Sony's content makes it a lot of fun to have around


  • It's $200, which is only $80 more than the Chumby
  • It's not as powerful as an iPad, but it is $300 cheaper

Overall Rating

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Comments are Closed

  • thelostemperor

    Misleading to say that it can use ALL the Chumby widgets that exist. That is simply not true. Most importantly, none of the customizable internet radio widgets work at all. You can only access the internet radio streams that Sony has seen fit to include on the device for you, which isn't many. This is extremely important considering many people will be considering this device as an internet radio device, and in this respect it is severely crippled. If I can't add my own favorite internet radio streams, then I cannot consider this true "internet radio". The Chumby internet radio stream widgets do NOT work on the Dash. Hopefully, this will be remedied soon, but I'm amazed they released this product with such a serious shortcoming.

    Posted: May 26, 2010 3:30 PM
  • Spybreak

    It's things like this that make me really hate our ISP's bandwidth cap. We already got warned after downloading the SCII beta and updates (it had to be done damn it). This device looks like it would be highly enjoyable.

    Posted: May 18, 2010 9:35 PM
  • Spybreak

    It's things like this that make me really hate our ISP's bandwidth cap. We already got warned after downloading the SCII beta and updates (it had to be done damn it). This device looks like it would be highly enjoyable.

    Posted: May 18, 2010 9:29 PM
  • BlackLable69

    Make one thats completely water proof and I might buy one for a bubble bath.

    Posted: May 18, 2010 3:40 PM
  • edgeofblade

    I can't imagine anyone getting hyped about about this, aside from closet Sony fanboys. This is like rating the iPad on practicality. It looks like one of those gadgets you'll shoehorn into your life until you realize it's just not adding ANYTHING.

    Gadget whores used to be on the cutting edge, but now it's just yuppie douchebags with too much disposable income.

    Posted: May 18, 2010 2:46 PM
  • Fortunate34

    I would love me one of these. Admittedly, I'm a Sony fanboy, but this thing is nice! Best alarm clock out there, I think. I'm just hoping that the Facebook integration works well.

    Posted: May 18, 2010 2:11 PM
  • Symicide

    No tablet is ever going to be better than a Desktop or Laptop. Not at least for another 15-20 years.

    Posted: May 18, 2010 1:44 PM
  • JustTheBeginning

    A bathroom PC, thats true innovation.

    Posted: May 18, 2010 1:01 PM
  • M6000

    I have a pipboy-3000

    Posted: May 18, 2010 6:47 AM
  • Peatore

    I want a pipboy-3000

    Posted: May 17, 2010 10:25 PM
  • CoolsDude

    Looks like i got my self a new alarm clock.

    Posted: May 17, 2010 7:28 PM