Logitech Revue with Google TV

Logitech Revue with Google TV Logitech Revue with Google TV
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Upon opening our review unit we were somewhat disappointed with the actual device. The styling of the main Revue could be considered quite generic, if even dated. With a square profile,  rounded corners, and the addition of a high-gloss top the box itself looks like any generic cable provider box. Here we would have liked to see something slightly more edgy – perhaps not as much as the Boxee Box, but a matte finish and some interesting angles would have been appreciated.

The keyboard is yet another mystery. With semi-gloss “chicklet” keys and an all-white back, the style seems entirely different from the main device. Where it is similar though is the heavily rounded keys and profile. Even with the styling inconsistencies, this perhaps is not the largest issue. The inclusion of an almost full-size keyboard is perplexing at best, and is extraordinarily inconvenient. To properly use a full-size keyboard, you have to rest it on something – in the case of a living or entertainment room this becomes a rather large issue. We ended up placing it on a coffee table or our lap when typing, but the inability to both hold and use it seems to be a major design flaw. We would have liked to seem something similar to the size of a smartphone, such as the way Sony approached this issue with their keyboards.

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Logitech Revue with Google TV Logitech Revue with Google TV
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Reviewing the Google TV software was yet another disappointment in an already rather lengthy list. For the purposes of this review, we attempted to setup and use our device as a “cable-cutting” solution, and did not hook up our cable to the Revue. After the brief setup process (not pictured) we immediately fired up the browser to try some of our favorite video sites. To our disappointment, the majority of big-name content providers have blocked Google TV from accessing their content, paid or otherwise. After this setback we attempted to try the Amazon Video On Demand App. While the initial interface has been optimized for the Google TV, clicking on any video results in the browser opening up the webpage, and then the software automatically changing the video to full-screen. This approach seems a hack at best, especially from a supposedly “native” app.

Logitech Revue with Google TV Logitech Revue with Google TV
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Logitech Revue with Google TV Logitech Revue with Google TV
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The Logitech Revue however is not entirely comprised of incomplete apps. Both the Netflix and Pandora Radio apps seem to be well thought out and function as expected. Additionally the Google TV interface seems to be well laid out, even if it is a bit slow and at times lagged on the Logitech Revue.

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