Thoughts on Logitech Revue with Google TV

Logitech Revue set-top box and keyboard controller - Image source Amazon.

I recently got a chance try out this device. The Revue connects to your TV via an HDMI port. This allows both the video and audio signal to travel through a single cable. It’s meant to be a companion unit to an existing cable or satellite TV service.

 

Features:

  • 1920x1080p /60 fps, HDMI 1.3a support
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless network support. WPA2 security supported
  • 10/100 Mb Wired Ethernet speed
  • Digital optical (S/PDIF) audio out for a Audio receiver hookup
  • 2  USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in Logitech Harmony Link IR blaster
  • Intel Atom chipset
  • Google Android OS
  • Google chrome with Adobe flash support

This is what was included in the box:

  • 1 Keyboard Controller
  • 1 IR mini blaster
  • 1 Power supply
  • 2 pre-installed AA batteries to power the keyboard controller
  • 1 HDMI cable.
The  Netflix App built into the Revue is really good. Amazon Video on Demand is also supported. Youtube users are not left out either. The Revue is so much better than the Netgear EVA 2000 / Digital Entertainment Live  I previously wrote about last year.
There are a few negative points to this setup. One, the unit cannot be turned off or set to a standby mode. The player unit is a fingerprint magnet. With its glossy black look.  It seems to be an always on type of device. Hulu is actively blocking this device.  Although the built-in browser (Google Chrome) supports flash playback. It was not updated when the unit was placed onto the  Network/Internet. There’s probably a way to install unofficial updates and community hacks onto the unit. I’m still trying to figure out if this thing can play local video files of popular formats like MP4 without having to hack the device.
For $99.99 This thing is really worth it, especially if you uses the services I mentioned and have an existing TV service (box that has HDMI out.)
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