E.B. – 8/10 Rating – Buddha’s Choice Award
Pros: Awesome, Cheap, Easy to use, Remote Management, Google Functionality on a TV, Android based, Apps, Googling your cable box, Futuristic, Yes those sites work too you perv
Cons: Need more apps, Slight lag if too many apps running, Missing big TV network’s on-line sites, Remotes only control basic functions on attached TV and AVR devices
My lovely wife was kind enough to give this gadget-whore a new man-toy for Christmas that put a grin on my face from ear to ear. This geeky toy isn’t some high-end device that costs thousands of dollars and will wipe your sh*t stained a*s for you in 3D, but it may be even more legendary than said 3D butt wiper. The magical device I’m referring to is the Logitech Revue, which is one of 2 stand alone Google TV boxes for your entertainment center. Let’s just say from the moment I turned this thing on I knew that I was sitting on the cutting edge of future entertainment technologies.
The Revue is a stand alone device that can be hooked up to your cable/sat box to provide a TV viewing experience like you’ve never seen before. Imagine having an Android-like interface for your TV and Cable box. Essentially that is what you’re getting with the Logitech Revue. This device which is no bigger than a small net-book, turns your regular HDTV into a bada*s Google device with most everything you’d expect from the company who has more or less taken over the world of the Internet. I now feel like I have a new TV that was meant to be in some futuristic Sci-Fi flick. Remember those times when you saw people of the future controlling their devices with a keyboard like pad? Well that’s exactly what is achieved with the Logitech Revue.
The moment I began setting this device up I knew I made the right choice when I asked Santa Claus for the Revue. The setup was a breeze for someone with my technical skills, but it’s also done in a way that a monkey could set one up. When I saw how effortlessly the Revue could sink its hooks into my existing platform I was blown away at the possibilities that this thing could do. Within 30 minutes I had a fully functioning Google TV system that could now control my Samsung TV, Pioneer AVR, and my Time Warner DVR. Now with a few button presses I could command all of these devices from the mini-keyboard remote that comes with the Revue like I had magic in my fingers. Considering that the setup got me jacked, it’s safe to say that actually using Google TV gave me a geekgasm.
I thought I knew what Google TV was, but I guess I really didn’t have a clue. The Revue more or less brings Google’s awesome search engine to your TV and cable box. If you feel like watching a movie you just have to go to the movie category under the What’s On section, and every movie that is playing on your cable system will be displayed for easy picking. Same goes for sports, cartoons, news, etc. There’s no need to scroll through the crappy guide on your cable box’s remote anymore to find something you want to watch. All you have to do is search for what will tickle your fancy.
The fun doesn’t stop there. On top of being able to completely search and manage your cable system, you can also search the web for stuff to watch. With a convenient Search button no different than what is on Android phones, I can look up anything that is on TV, the Net, and YouTube with a few clicks on the keyboard. Once I find what I want, and make a selection, the ensuing media will be displayed in full screen HD that makes watching YouTube on a laptop or phone child’s play.
Along with the Google searching and categorization features, the Revue comes loaded with some Android apps as well. This is one area I would like to see fleshed out more, but the stock apps you get work great. The apps that I played with were Pandora, Netflix, and Twitter. All of these were simply setup by filling in my username and password for the respective services, and within no time I was listening to my Pandora stations while watching a movie on Netflix all while tweeting about my love for Google TV. For those of you that are heavily entrenched with Google and Android, you can also download a Google TV Remote app for your Android phone that deserves its own review. Let’s just say that I can now control my entire TV experience from the palm of my hand like I’m holding some sort of magic wand.
I must say that I’m overly impressed with the Logitech Revue and Google TV. In fact, I’m quite puzzled by some of the negative reviews about this device and service. Hell, Logitech has even halted further production on the device until Google improves the software. I guess I just don’t see the major hang-up. Sure it’s a bummer that companies like ABC, FOX, HULU, and NBC block Google TV devices from their on-line content, but the Revue never promised to do that. It’s not Logitech’s or Google’s fault. Blame those companies for being greedy co*cksuckers. I’d imagine that one day all of these haters will fall in line and offer their programming, but that’s no reason not to try Google TV now.
The biggest issue I can see is common to Android devices. I don’t care what anyone says about how the Android OS knows how to manage its memory, because it can’t in a manner of my liking. The Revue needs some sort of task killer app like the ones for Android phones. After some heavy abuse by me playing with it like the first time I got to second base with a chick, I did notice some lag when switching between windows and apps. It wasn’t horrible, but it would be nicer if apps that are no longer being used just shut themselves down rather than running in memory. Outside of this I saw no other major issues besides a few wants.
I’d like if the keyboard and phone remote actually controlled more functions on your TV and AVR devices. Currently, they can only perform basic functions like volume control, input switching (only to input with Google TV), and power. It’s all nice to have, but I’d like to be able to perform some of the more advanced functions of my AVR than what I can do now. I’d also like to be able to toggle the PIP view between the Web and TV windows. If you want picture in picture you can only view the TV source in a smaller window, while the Google TV functionality remains in the larger one. I get why it was done this way, because if you have a smaller HDTV there’s no way you’re going to be able to read the Internet window if it took the smaller frame. My last gripe/wish would be for the Revue to also latch into my gaming devices, so I could pull up the web while gaming to score some cheve tips, or puzzle solutions on the fly. For now the Revue and Google TV only can control your cable/sat box.
If you love new technology and get off on seeing gadgets do things yu’ve only dreamed of, then the Logitech Revue is for you. Don’t listen to the negative reviewers. For the most part they’re bashing the Revue and Google TV because they can’t watch network shows from the on-line sites. Big deal p*ssies! This is a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 when it comes to negative things about the Revue. The setup is a breeze and shouldn’t fry anyone’s brains in the process. The way Google TV overhauls your cable box is amazing. Just think what it would be like to Google your DVR cable box, that’s Google TV in a nutshell. I give it an 8/10 and a must buy for anyone who wants to be on the up and up. Stay tuned for a full one video demo, which I’ll be putting together over the next couple of days.
In the mean time head on over to this link and buy your Logitech Revue while supplies last. Don’t worry, these things won’t be going away. I think the whole hardware stoppage is a message to Google to get some software updates out there for people that may be a little less technically inclined than geeks like us. I’d recommend getting an extended warranty just in case the glass ceiling breaks on these things, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. If anything, the warranty will allow you to upgrade to a newer model with some shady consumer tactics if need be. Keep your eye out for the video demo! You’ve been given a new piece of awesomeness…
E.B. “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”