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? Our thoughts after the break.
The device in question is the Logitech Revue. Arguably the flagship device of Google TV, the Revue was the first device available to run Google TV. As such it was and is subject to a lot of criticism, but upon further inspection most of it is justified.
With almost 30 years of experience in computer peripherals Logitech is no stranger to manufacturing input devices. Innovations like Darkfield Laser Tracking technology also prove that not only can they manufacturer devices, but they can design them as well. For more information you can visit their site at http://www.logitech.com.
* HDMI input: 1080p/60fps, 1.3a w/ CEC * HDMI output: 1080p/60fps, 1.3a w/ CEC * Networking: o Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n o Wired: Ethernet 10/100 Base-T * Audio optical output (S/PDIF) * 2 USB 2.0 ports * Integrated Logitech Harmony® Link IR blaster (for A/V device control) * Logitech Unifying wireless technology
* Works with your existing HDTV and cable or satellite system to provide seamless access to the Web, your TV, compatible DVRs, and Android apps
* Searches and controls with an intuitive keyboard controller with built-in touch pad so you can do things you can’t easily do with a remote
* Lets you search and enjoy content from multiple sources without switching devices, inputs or rooms. See content from the Web and TV simultaneously with Dual View.
* Always up-to-date with free automatic, over-the-air updates that add new features and functionality to your system
* Requires an HDTV with HDMI port, cable or satellite box with HDMI out, cable or satellite subscriptions service, and high-speed Internet access