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Logitech Revue with Google TV Review

Posted: October 25, 2010
Logitech Revue with Google TV Review
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Google TV is here, all thanks to the Logitech Revue with Google TV. Kevin Pereira and Milynn Sarley review the $300 black box that can transform your television with its wireless keyboard, smartphone app control, and wireless streaming features for Netflix, Pandora and PC media, all in 1080p.

What You Need to Know

  • The Revue is a little bit on the larger side of streaming media boxes
  • It includes an HDMI in for your cable box input
  • The device has two USB ports for thumb drives, webcams, etc.
  • There is a port for Ethernet in case you don't want to use Wi-Fi.
  • It also has an HDMI output to go to your TV.
  • There is no component in or out, so your cable box needs HDMI output, and your TV needs HDMI input.
  • Normally, you only get a remote control with most streaming media boxes, but the Revue comes with a full keyboard and touch-pad.
  • Google TV walks you through setting up all your home theater devices, like your cable box, receiver, etc, and then links your Google account to all this information, so you can retrieve it at any time.
  • As for the keyboard, it makes this process simple because it has a directional pad and a touch-pad with mouse clicks, although you can't tap the touch-pad as a mouse click, but that's minor.
  • It also has practically every shortcut you'd need for your cable box, receiver or television, so the whole thing acts as a universal remote control.
  • You can even macro keys on the keyboard to be other remote controls.
  • There's also an Android app that fully controls the Revue, so from the touch-pad to macros to voice searching, all the functionality of the keyboard is in the app (the iPhone one is on its way).
  • Of course, there's the Google TV interface, which is incredibly intuitive; once you've piped in your cable TV to the box, it's seamlessly integrated so Google TV acts as an overlay on top of normal TV.
  • ?The interface is a little slow at times, but it's not terrible by any means.
  • Once you're set up, you realize that the internet is now fully integrated with your television, something that other boxes have tried many times, but never really accomplished.
  • As for the content, there's the full-featured Chrome browser, which loads practically any site on the web and it runs flash, too, but it can get a little bogged down with a lot of tabs open.
  • This is why major networks are blocking Google TV; it can stream anything on the web (we asked Google about this, and they said they are "committed to working with both device partners and content owners to enable users to access the full web on their HDTVs").
  • They are currently doing this with other networks like HBO and TBS, so we hope that SBC, CBS and NBC will follow suit.
  • You can buy most of this television content using Amazon video on demand, as well as stream movies from Netflix, music from Pandora and Napster or access Twitter and we're confident they're going to start adding more content apps very soon.
  • You'll also be able to stream music, pictures, and video from thumb drives connected to the box and other computers on the network; it will support DivX, Xvid, MPEG-4, and lots of other formats.

Price

  • $300

Overall Rating

  • 5 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • In addition to this being a universal remote control, it makes internet video look like it should on any TV.
  • You can browse the web at any time; this product really does feel revolutionary.
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  • omalley5280

    This is a great post on a great product! I work for DISH Network, and had the chance to preview the Logitech Revue before it went on sale to the public, and the day it went on sale I had to have one. It has a great keyboard, nice to be able to watch Youtube videos, or check email on my 52 inch plasma, as apposed to my computer monitor. DISH also sells the Revue for $179, not the $300 retail price.

    Posted: February 12, 2011 3:56 PM
    omalley5280
  • DraztiqMeazuas

    Hey Kevin,

    You can enable the touch pad by pressing the following keys simultaneously in this order:

    Control
    Shift
    Function
    Page/Channel Up

    To disable, press the same keys.

    Please note that your site would not let me put in the exact keys, as it thinks I'm trying to use profanity. If you or Bruce have any questions, don't hesitate to call me.

    Thanks for the great review!
    LW

    Posted: January 11, 2011 2:15 AM
  • fettman24

    I want to buy one just so I can turn into Kevin Bacon as well! The Logitech Revue is simply amazing, the touch pad responds beautifully and being a gamer I am very comfortable with a keyboard on my lap. As a DISH employee as well I wanted to bring to your attention that DISH subscribers can get it for only 179$.

    Posted: January 4, 2011 11:16 AM
    fettman24
  • tbtb123

    I love this Google and Logitech device !
    Many great features such Vid and the best things about it probably hasn't been discovered yet. the price is also not so bad (I got it for just 300$ from http://amzn.to/hDj1zF with free shipping)

    Posted: November 25, 2010 3:13 PM
  • mushrat79

    It's WebTV on steroids! My question is, will google actually stick to this and give consistant updates for the product. How much processing power and RAM does this thing have, and I wonder if they will make a more powerful version in time? We all know that there will be a billion apps coming out for it, so we're going to need more HD space. Is it going to be expandable? Hey, just looking at what WebTV failed at, in the hopes that this product will learn from those mistakes.

    Posted: November 2, 2010 7:37 PM
  • jimmyjames70

    OK, here's all of the keyboard shortcuts, including how to activate taps for the touchpad: http://bit.ly/bUybLt

    Posted: October 28, 2010 8:29 PM
    jimmyjames70
  • jimmyjames70

    @brucegreene It works. You have to do it every time you start up (the setting isn't saved) and you have to do it just right. You can't do all the buttons at exactly the same time, you have to do them one at a time and keep pressing each button as you go.

    You can find how to do it on the screen that shows you all the shortcuts. Like pressing Ctrl+leftarrow to go back one page while in Chrome.

    Posted: October 28, 2010 9:39 AM
    jimmyjames70
  • bgreene

    Actually, that shortcut key doesn't let you click on the touchpad...we tried it!

    There is also no section in the Settings panel to change it :)

    Posted: October 27, 2010 7:43 PM
    bgreene
  • choccy

    Are you suggesting an AOTS review of a product is factually incorrect?

    That's unpossible!

    Posted: October 27, 2010 12:09 PM
    choccy
  • jimmyjames70

    Your review states that you can tap the touch-pad as a mouse click. If you go into the Settings, then yes, you can configure the keyboard to accept taps as mouse clicks.

    Here's the shortcut key: ctrl+shft+fnct (the function key)+page up.

    You have to press each key in order, not all at once, and you have to keep pressing the keys down as you go. It's kinda like a vulcan mind grip.

    Check out my review of the Logitech Revue here: http://bit.ly/9TJtI9

    Posted: October 26, 2010 3:15 PM
    jimmyjames70
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