"Game changer"on by goofy166
Pros First TV GUI that I can really use
Super easy set up for me on my Samsung HD and Tivo
Incredible keyboard and trackpad
I can finally view web sites in a layer while watching televison
Cons Needs more content but its brand new
Summary This is the best $300 I've ever spent on my audio visual center. The UI is really polished and both Google and Logitech have done a great job, everything worked out of the box. This is so much better for surfing whlle in bed then my iPad; which I do love. But to have a full QWERTY keyboard, and a track pad and mouse that works on the screen, movies, apps, yikes its really here.
Pros Great idea.
Worked awesome when I first got it.
Cons Google keeps installing more forced bloatware apps and upgrading existing apps that can't be uninstalled - the device can't take it.
The device becomes dead slow after a couple of days and needs to be powered down and rebooted every couple of days
Summary If this device worked as it should, it would be my absolute favorite device, ever. It has/promises everything, NetFlix, Amazon movies, Youtube, a web browser, ability to install a lot (but not most) of the apps from Google Play....etc. It is awesome...in principle and concept.
The problem is that it is extremely underpowered and was barely able to run the apps it came with...and then over the past couple of years, Google has pushed more apps to it (that the user can't turn off or uninstall) and upgraded existing apps so the device can't keep up and basically becomes useless after a couple of days.
I have mitigated this by connecting it to an electric timer that kills its power every night for 5 minutes and cold reboots it. That helps, but it really annoys me that I have to do this.
Pros A "child's version" of "Web TV"
Cons NONE of the major networks (HULU included) will NOT SUPPORT GOOGLE TV. Logitech pulled the plug, here's the Wiki take on it: (continued in summary)
Summary Logitech, however, announced in November 2011 that they will stop making Google TV devices due to their losing more than $100 million on operating profits on their Logitech Revue Google TV device, which is also discontinued. No sequel is planned by Logitech.Jazzed when I first got it, then became majorly disappointed/disillusioned with Logitech~they pulled the plug:
Updated on Apr 4, 2012
Logitech, however, announced in November 2011 that they will stop making Google TV devices due to their losing more than $100 million on operating profits on their Logitech Revue Google TV device, which is also discontinued. No sequel is planned by Logitech.
Pros Great IR universal remote.
Reliable and fast universal search of a huge variety of content.
Full keyboard is handy... and big enough that I don't lose it between the couch cushions.
A bargain! In my mind, this is a high-value product.
Cons The biggest miss... it REALLY needs a backlit keyboard. If it had one, this would be a five-star review.
A glitch in the setup (I was trying to set it up Xmas day... I suspect a server overload) meant it wasn't working until day 2.
Summary C-Net needs to re-write this review. The current editor's note isn't enough of an update. This device is now a bargain. Its price compares with a good RF universal remote, which this is. It compares with the high-end Roku devices... yup, this device replaces those too. I'd buy it just for the FAR better graphical on-screen guide it provides for TV content (compared with what's built into my cable set-top box). Add universal search, a web browser and a full keyboard... this product is a total win.
Pros Allows your television to act as a computer. Allows you to stream Pandora music and gives a free month-long trial to Netflix, Allows access to the Android Market, and is ridiculously simple to set up; just follow the prompts. It's very fast.
Cons The qwerty keyboard is not backlit. (What on Earth were they thinking?!) You must turn on your living room light to view the keyboard to turn the channel.
Summary After seeing my buddy keep looking at the Roku Box at Wal-Mart, I decided to surprise him with a gift. He's very happy with the surprise. The Logitech Revue makes it such that you can view live television while surfing the internet, all on the same screen at the same time. It's also fast. I decided that, though we have an 802.11N router, we will go the faster, traditional connection path of connecting to the cable modem with an ethernet cable. Should you do this, make certain that you get the 5E classification of ethernet cord. Ours was $29.00 for 25 feet of cable from Radio Shack.
After everything was connected, the Revue asked me for the zip code, ascertained which cable company from whom we subscribed, asked which cable box we had, asked the make and model number of our television, and which HDMI port we used to connect the Revue to the television, and that was it.
It updated itself to Android Honeycomb, turned itself off, and then turned itself back on. The websites pop up very fast and I am typing this very review of the Revue using the Revue.
It's a shame that Logitech has discontinued making this device. It's fantastic. I'm sitting here writing a review of a product wirelessly from across the room. I bought this Logitech Revue for under $80.00 at tigerdirect. Since Logitech doesn't make them anymore, I highly suggest that if you want a Revue, purchase quick; and also, don't listen to the people who have had bad things to say about it because it's highly likely that they're hooked on phonics, and hooked on Jersey Shore.
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