|Item Weight||3.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.4 x 8.2 x 3.6 inches|
|Item model number||970-000001|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
|Special Features||Alarm Clock|
Logitech Revue Companion Box and Keyboard Controller
|Price:||$61.95 + $7.95 shipping|
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- Works with your existing HDTV and cable or satellite system to provide seamless access to the Web, compatible DVRs, and Android apps
- Surf the web for what you want to watch with the powerful Google Chrome browser and full-size keyboard controller
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|Hardware Connectivity||—||USB||—||USB 2.0||USB 2.0, USB 2.0, Radio Frequency||USB|
|Item Dimensions||8.19 x 16.44 x 3.62 in||6.1 x 15.1 x 1.1 in||2.6 x 16.3 x 8.1 in||5.5 x 13.95 x 0.93 in||4.7 x 5.6 x 1.1 in||8.78 x 19.57 x 1.65 in|
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Works with your existing HDTV and cable or satellite system to provide seamless access to the Web, your TV, compatible DVRs, and Android apps Surf the web for what you want to watch - right on your big screen - with the powerful Google Chrome browser and full-size keyboard controller Browse your cable, satellite or over-the-air TV, plus over-the-web, for shows and movies with the updated TV & Movies app and program guide (Registration or subscription fee may be required) Access Android Market to bring film, music, gaming, sports, news and education apps to your HDTV (Additional terms, conditions and fees may apply. Apps subject to change without notice.)
Top customer reviews
Okay, so when I bought this (not for full price), I had a very nice time. I could access Amazon Prime videos and Netflix as well. Plus, besides getting internet based videos (live streams and TV shows from various sources), it was clear I had found a nice device.
Unfortunately, not too long afterwards channels began to disappear. Things were blocked. I became unhappier. Plus, Google finally did an update to the Android system. This was a nice improvement in some ways, but there were continual problems like buffering and crashing. I first thought it was my internet connection, but my router is very good so that was not really the problem. Nor was it some kind of anomaly, it began to stink. This thing would randomly crash all the time. And then I read this was happening everywhere. Then Google pulled the plug, taking Logitech (thanks Google!) with it. People blamed Logitech, I blame Google!
Then I became less enamored with the device. First, it was easier to pick up a tablet then picking up the really neat keyboard remote and turning on the system to access the increasingly slower internet on Google TV. Then various channels began to disappear from the device making it an expensive Amazon Prime player. But perhaps the death knell for me was the update to Flash that never happened. This caused websites I liked to visit to become unplayable and this defeated the purpose of having an internet browser. Plus, the skipping and the crashing made life a bit more frustrating. My wife muddled through, but I slowly went crazy with this thing. Yeeesh.
Finally, I bought a Roku and love that device. But this thing, I realized is being killed off. It will never be updated. And I read stories of people saying how great it is. True, at first, but any buyer of this device must realize that it will never reach its full potential because Google killed it off! No updates ever.
So, for some money you can buy it and play with it, and it works okay. But, frankly, this is becoming a Laserdisc player in the year 1997. Sure, lots of cool things, but the technology is being made obsolete. Consider this closely, because in another few months, this thing will really become outdated unless by some miracle Google updates the Flash for this Android version on this device. But, given how Google buys, uses and drops things, I will never again trust Google to support a device again. Google purchased Motorola less than 2 years ago, used it up and has thrown it away. Not a great way to be around their products because they are not there for the long term.
So, great device when I bought it, but since being killed off, it is dying a slow painful death. Sure, lots of promise, but it will never reach any potential because Google, like some Egyptian pharaoh has decided to send this down the river. Guess what? No Moses is emerging to take this device to the promised land.
Don't buy it expecting such deliverance!
I bought the Revue about a year ago and added it to my living room TV setup which also included cable service through an HD/DVR box and an internet-linked (ethernet, not wireless) LG BD 370 Network Blu-ray Disc Player. I'd been using the LG player to stream Netflix videos, and I didn't really need the Revue. But the price had been knocked down to a hundred bucks and a geekish friend liked his. So I bought it.
I hooked the Revue to the cable box and my TV, but really haven't used it much. Until this week. I got rid of cable TV - and of course the cable box - in favor of over-the-air channels (we have a good antenna and get great HD reception and several channels) plus whatever I can stream from the internet via our home network. So yesterday I sat down to get reacquainted with the Revue, now plugged directly into the TV only. The nicest feature was how nicely the Logitech Media player app, works to play media stored on an external hard drive that I attached via one of the USB ports on the Revue (it has two).
I could live without the Revue, for several reasons:
1) I now also have a Roku box in the living room TV setup, with wifi, which streams Netflix, Amazon videos, and a few other services I'm trying out.
2) I can still use the LG player, if I wish, to view Netflix via the Ethernet (wired) connection which is sometimes a little better than wifi.
3) After exploring the apps available via the Revue, I'm not finding anything all that impressive. I can get the same information (news, entertainment) with less awkward maneuvering (keyboard remote, etc.) on my computers and tablets.
4) If I want to check email or surf the Net from the sofa, I can do it with my smartphone, notebook PC, Kindle Fire, or Android tablet, much less awkwardly than by balancing the Revue's keyboard/remote on my lap and trying to read things on the 42" TV several feet away.
I'm keeping it for now, because:
1) The Logitech media app works so well with the USB-connected external hard drive. (Just note, the hard drive has to be formatted in FAT32 because Android doesn't recognize NTFS or Mac formatted drives. No biggie for me; because I work with both Mac and PCs, my external HDs are usually FAT32 formatted for maximum versatility moving between those different systems.)
2) The Revue seems to work okay, for what it is.
3) I may find the controls with the keyboard remote, easier to use for Netflix and Amazon video streaming, than the Roku's, but I haven't tested it out yet.
In retrospect, I could have passed on this purchase and saved a hundred bucks, without missing much. But I was curious about it, and willing to spend the money to find out what it was about.
If I only had my desktop computer (no laptop, Kindle Fire, other tablet), this would be a clever and inexpensive alternate way to access the Web. Another reviewer has pointed this out - it's a way to get access to the internet without buying another computer (or tablet). If you have more people in your home than computers, with a wireless network and a TV that can be used with the Revue, this would be a relatively cheap way to give someone internet access compared to buying another computer or a tablet.