|Item Weight||3.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.2 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches|
|Item model number||VAP430|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required.|
VIZIO Co-Star Streaming Player with Google TV ? VAP430
- Stream blockbuster movies and hit shows through Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, M-GO and more. Play the latest hit console video games through OnLive, or crank out your favorite tunes from iHeartRadio and Pandora
- Access to the Best Entertainment: Google play lets you purchase the latest music, movies, apps, and games right from your TV screen
- The Power of Google TV Search: Google TV Search pulls in results from virtually any source - live, local or streaming - making finding exactly what you want easier and quicker than ever
- Touch, Point, and Tap with Ease: The Co-Star universal smart remote looks and feels just as outstanding as it functions, packing a touchpad and full keyboard for easy and intuitive navigation
- Fast Connections Without Wires: With integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, Co-Star connects easily to your home's wireless network for superior streaming quality and Web access without the unsightly wires
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I no longer can recommend this device. Basically the device has been orphaned by Vizio and the GoogleTV platform has been abandoned by Google. Although the Co-Star and GoogleTV had much potential, it has been squandered and as of 2014 consumers have a variety of better options. All that said, I'm not going to edit the text of my original review (below) as it should provide context for other comments.
I've had my Co-Star for over a month now and love it. A couple of disclaimers up front...I own both an Android phone and tablet so I'm very used to the OS. I also have a couple of Roku boxes (that I love), but one of my Roku's was getting old and needing replaced, hence my decision to try a Google TV device. The top-end Roku's sell for about $90; the Co-Star is around the same price and not only offered Netflix, but also hosts a number of other features such as web browsing, games, integration with existing TV service, etc.
The Co-Star is a pretty small unit, approximately the same size as a couple of decks of cards. The remote is at least twice as thick as a normal remote because it has a keyboard on one side (more about that in a minute). Setup of the unit was very straight forward, although not as fast as a Roku. But then again, the Co-Star isn't a basic device like the Roku; it is much more powerful. Regardless, the setup was pretty easy...it walks you through pairing the bluetooth remote with the box, then adding your cable box, TV, soundbar, etc.
The remote will take some getting used to. Personally, I've had ZERO problem using the keyboard on the back other than the fact that my eyesight isn't great and identifying some keys requires me to put on my glasses.Read more ›
Initially I thought it was a neat gadget to try out to see if I wanted or needed Google TV on the next big screen TV I would purchase. I also wanted to find that 1 tech device that will control everything (tired of having multiple remotes, etc.) I also figured that since these are on back-order (lack of supply) that I could resell it easily if I didn't like it.
Install and overview:
Co-Star took about 5 to 10 minutes to install and sync with everything, and has worked flawlessly since. It connects and controls everything in my entertainment system with no issues. Great device, the software keeps updating and getting better (my Co-Star is receiving software updates automatically from Google). The layout of the apps, and the navigation is better than the typical Vizio TV apps (for those of you that are familiar with the Vizio Apps layout). The new layout / navigation takes some getting used to just like any new technology. And like every new technology, it can use some software improvements. However, for $99 this far exceeded my expectations.
The issue concerning the Co-Star remote control:
The best thing about Co-Star is that I finally have a device / remote that consolidates and commands EVERY product that is hooked into my entertainment system. This is a huge plus! The Co-Star remote has a high degree of programability. It controls my Toshiba TV. Controls my Samsung Time Warner cable box.. full DVR control, access the guide, settings, search, schedule recordings, ff/play/rev, scroll in every direction, everything on the cable box! Controls my LG Blu-Ray surround sound system. XBOX 360.
The layout / design of the remote is probably my only "complaint" about the product.Read more ›
It was easy enough to setup. The same process as my Revue. Unfortunately, after finishing the setup process I was presented with a blank screen. I left it on for a few minutes guess that it was booting up still. Eventually I had to unplug the unit and hard reboot. It turned on and immediately prompted me to install a firmware update. Sure! Low and behold, after the update finished I was presented with another blank screen. I unplugged/replugged and the box booted up as normal (note: I haven't had the blank screen issue since, aside from when it freezes after about 24 hours of uptime).
I quickly noticed three things:
1) Vizio did to Google TV what cell phone manufacturers have done to Android phones: They put their own UI on it. Keeping in line with expectations, their custom UI is not nearly as full-featured or snappy as the stock Android Google TV experience (owning two Revues, I can say that confidently). For example, the settings menu is not nearly as full as the normal Android settings. I still can't find out where it shows my used & available storage on the device.
2) The remote was not going to cut it. The remote was one of the more attractive parts of the Co-Star compared to the Revue when it was first announced. One side is your standard TV/DVR remote; the underside is a QWERTY keyboard. Using an accelerometer (I think), it knows which side is facing up so you don't have accidental button presses.Read more ›
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Item needed to rebooted several times throughout it's one year of service and finally it froze completely, exchanged it, same thing happened to the next one.Published 6 days ago by Serge Arzumanov
This device overheated, locked up, lost icons, broke apps, and had to be reset almost weekly to keep it running. Google TV is now long dead. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jeff
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