Reviews and Problems with Logitech Revue with Google TV
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6 August 2011
Conclusion: In the event that it falls short of expectations, the Android 3.1 update coming later this year should do a good job of addressing many of its shortcomings. By that time, however, Logitech might be ready to release the second-generation Revue which will include a faster (possibly dual-core) processor. The good news is that $99 will not break the bank no matter how the future plays out for the Logitech Revue.
Excerpt: Over the course of modern culture, some brand names fall into the vernacular. About to sneeze? Grab a Kleenex. Need to vacuum? Head for the Hoover. Want a soda? How about a Coke? Want to find specific content on the Internet? More often than not we’ll simply say, “Google it.
Conclusion: Not as seamless as Apple TV, but armed with far more potential, the Logitech Revue with Google TV is a giant, if occasionally shaky, leap forward in home entertainment.
Pros: Integrates personal media, DVR recordings, on-demand, and Web content into one attractive, easy-to-search interface on your HDTV. Chrome browser and Flash support for full Internet experience. Support for Logitech Harmony remotes.
Cons: Keyboard remote is awkward to use in some scenarios. Set-up can be a bit involved. Setting up streaming from a networked PC can be a pain. Integration of third-party apps with remote is not great.
Excerpt: Ready to futurize your TV, but prefer to avoid the iron clasps of the Apple TV ? Then Logitech Revue ($299) with Google TV is your ticket. Straight out of the box, the Logitech Revue offers Google TV interactivity, and unlike the flat-screen TV in your living room that’s probably already feeling outdated, the Logitech Revue will only get better as more Android apps are developed.
Logitech Harmony Remote App for Logitech Revue with Google TV Review
4 March 2011
Excerpt: I recently was given the chance to review the Logitech Revue™ With Google TV™. As you’ll remember, I loved the Revue but was a little disappointed in the remote definitions for my home theater devices. Only a few buttons on the keyboard controller map directly to the functions for the cable box, and I was missing the “Favorites” button that allows me to switch between the channels I watch most often.
Excerpt: The concept of viewing content from the internet on your TV is not a new idea. HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) have been around since 1993, but have had limited success due to their cost and complexity to operate. In May of 2010 Google announced their internet-connected television platform, known as Google TV. Billed as “Television, meet search engine” the Google TV platform promises a lot – easy to use internet from your couch. Does it manage to live up to these lofty dreams?
Summary: The Logitech Revue with Google TV is loaded with potentially game-changing functionality, but its high price, numerous caveats, and current assortment of bugs make it best-suited to early adopters--at least until promised firmware fixes become available.
Cons: Major content providers like Hulu, CBS, and ABC are currently blocking Google TV; user interface geared toward power users; Google's "universal" search doesn't search Netflix; antiquated Netflix interface; limited app selection at launch; expensive compared with simpler devices like Apple TV and Roku XDS; too many bugs with current software; significant network performance issues with our review sample; doesn't work with older, non-HD TVs.
Excerpt: With cable and satellite companies, we have access to literally hundreds of entertainment channels now. Sometimes that still seems like an insufficient number of choices when you consider the wealth of information and entertainment you can access through the internet. I can watch content on my MacBook Pro, but who wants to watch movies on a 13” screen when I have a 65” LCD TV in my living room?
Pros: Easy to install and set up, Offers a lot of internet content for easy consumption on your HDTV, Works well with Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand, Full-sized QWERTY keyboard controller
Cons: Some content providers, like Hulu, ABC, and CBS, are blocking Google TV users, Somewhat expensive, Won't work with non-HD televisions
Excerpt: “Internet on your television” is probably right up there with jetpacks, flying cars and the white iPhone 4 in terms of consumer disappointment; many companies have claimed to pull it off, none have actually delivered. Logitech wants to change that with the Revue, the first set-top box powered by Google TV.
Pros: Full Flash-enabled Web browser on the TV, Ties together cable, Web, network content, QWERTY keyboard with built-in touchpad, Acts as universal remote for TV, cable box, AVR
Cons: “Universal” search leaves out major sources of content, Content fragmented across many dissimilar channels, Heavy reliance on touchpad interface, Spotty integration with different cable and satellite services, Steep price tag, No support for a TV’s built-in OTA tuner