Vizio is getting into the Google TV game with the reveal of their new Co-Star stand alone unit for HDTVs. The Co-Star looks almost identical to the latest Apple TV unit, but since it is packed with Google TV technology it offers a few more features than Apple’s device, such as 3D support. Just like Logitech’s Revue unit the Co-Star can interface with your cable/satellite set top box to bring the power of Android to your TV watching experience. This pint sized unit can do everything its predecessors can without taking up the space that the Revue required.
The Co-Star is currently not ready to ship, but Vizio is asking interested users to sign up for release notifications via the product’s website. When it is ready for the public Android fans can pick one of these bad boys up for the low price of $99. Outside of the unit itself a 2-sided universal remote will also come in the box that doubles as a trackpad and keyboard for those web browsing sessions on your boob tube.
I’ve embedded some images of the Co-Star and its comparison chart below to see how it stacks up against the competition. From the looks of its specs I’d say it’s going to be a decent product if you’re not an Apple user. Otherwise I’d stick with your Apple TV units, because my experience with Google TV hasn’t been the best. Maybe Vizio will change the game with their Co-Star unit, so keep tabs on it by signing up for notifications here. You’ve been wondering where Vizio came up with the design of their Co-Star unit, Cupertino maybe…
Introducing the Vizio Co-Star Google TV Unit
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