The Logitech Revue with Google TV showed up at our office today and we've had enough hands-on time with the hardware to give our first impressions.
The Revue set-top box doesn't approach the impossibly small standards of the Apple TV, but it's still a good deal smaller than, say, a cable DVR or Blu-ray player. The box feels very light, weighing only 1.32 pounds. The finish is all matte black, with just a few glossy flourishes, mostly around the IR emitter built into the unit. Like many modern set-top boxes, the Logitech Revue doesn't have any buttons on the front, with only a simple power button hidden away on the back. While the box itself is relatively slim, it does require a power brick, which is a little over half the size of a standard laptop AC adapter.
The back panel also houses the rest of the connectivity options and there are no surprises from what was announced at Logitech's press conference. The HDMI input is for connecting a cable/satellite box, while the HDMI output will connect directly to your HDTV or AV receiver.
There are two USB ports--for connecting a Webcam or USB drive--plus an Ethernet port if you prefer a wired connection over the built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi. There's also a digital audio output, which is useful if you have an older, non-HDMI AV receiver. Finally, there are two ports for connecting a separate, physical IR blaster, although we've had no problems using the built-in IR emitters so far.… Read more