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Logitech's Google TV box official: $300, camera, mobile apps

updated 04:15 pm EDT, Wed October 6, 2010

Logitech Revue launch details, apps confirmed

Logitech today confirmed launch details for the first Google TV device, the Revue. It will focus on the Android-based platform's hybrid TV/web searching and TV apps but should have strong support for Logitech's ecosystem. It can act as a Harmony gateway, including with new iOS and Android apps, but also supports the same Unifying receiver technology as its mice and keyboards, giving it support for existing peripherals as well as the pre-supplied keyboard and optional diNovo mini-based Mini Controller.

A Media Player app on the Revue will get media from computers on the local network through DLNA.

It can output at up to 1080p over HDMI and has two USB ports for accessories such as a new TV Cam webcam for video chats over Logitech's Vid. It works with traditional remotes through IR blaster inputs and gets online through either Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi.

The Revue is up for pre-order today and will sell for $300 for a box and its companion keyboard at an unspecified date. A webcam costs $150, while the Mini Controller is priced at $130. Extra keyboards cost $100. Dish Network subscribers can get the Revue for $179 if they pair it with a subscription to the satellite TV service.









By Electronista Staff
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  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007

    +4

    $300? Yikes.

    Anyone still thing the new AppleTV is overpriced?

    Looks like it's got some potential though. The keyboard with built in trackpad is something I wish Apple would do.

  1. msquared70

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2010

    +6

    $300 Are you kidding me?

    I've been looking to replace my old appletv and was planning on getting the new ROKU box then I heard about the google box and was waiting to see the price point..lol.

    $300 is a joke. $199 maybe... Its even ugly.. looks like an ugly wifi router. And $150 for a webcam? Webcams on tv's have never taken off and with webcams on most laptops now why would you bother.

    They needed to release a bare bones version - this hardware seems like overkill to me but I guess time will tell if all the integration features materialize.

  1. slapppy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008

    0

    Testudo

    Will love it and buy one asap.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +5

    The only thing I'm really interested in with

    an internet box is programming. Will I get all my shows without having to use a traditional cable box DVR and signing up for cable TV? I don't care about the fancy hardware. As long as the networks refuse to allow all their shows on an internet box, then the internet box really doesn't mean much at all. Still, the only way for me to get NatGeo Channel or The Science Channel or Animal Planet is to order cable TV. I'm stuck with that method. At this point in time, none of the boxes at any price are useful for me in replacing cable tv.

  1. Mixotic

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005

    +4

    Price = DOA

    Sure, the FAndroids will run out and buy them, but your average consumer has no interest in a keyboard attached to their TV. Not to mention the fact that the whole concept is confusing for them. Try talking to your parents about what Google TV will do, and watch them get confused.

    People want to plunk down and watch...not browse, not tweet, not post status updates...just watch.

    Also, did everyone see the Sony remote? My gawd....so many buttons!

  1. Alfiejr

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2008

    +3

    What A Rip Off

    Logitech is notorious for its overpricing. but still - $150 for a webcam that should cost $50? $100 for a keyboard that should cost $35? $130 for a MiniController that should cost $50? plus $300 for the STB itself - the same price as a TiVo Premier that does a lot of the same stuff plus DVR??

    and then you get to pay monthly for all the subscription channels too!

    do they really think many consumers are stupid enough to pay these prices???

    a joke.

    i'm sure there'll be a rebate offered before Xmas.

  1. B9bot

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2008

    +3

    This plus the monthly prices will scare off everyo

    This plus the monthly prices will scare off everyone and they'll go get an Apple TV.
    Does everyone remember WebTV and what a failure that was?
    Google and Logitech are bringing the failure back to fail again especially at those hefty prices!
    300 plus 150 plus 100 plus, 130 equals total cost not including tax $680!!!!!!!!!!!
    And then NBC said 99 cents was to cheap so expect to pay $2 or more for every program.
    You might as well keep your cable box as it would be cheaper.

    Ba,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha ...!!!!!!!! What a fricken rip off!!!!

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    +3

    It still


    looks better than anything Apple has to offer. And it's not a "Hobby" like some other amateur ventures.

    "Rip Off"?

    Since when do Apple fans care about a product's cost? Apple fans are rich and can afford all the expensive toys Cupertino can dish out. I hear a lot of crying for a $300 device than is miles ahead of anything the original Apple TV could ever dream of doing... At the same cost.

    I never heard any crying about the $299 Apple TV back then. For what that POS did for $299, now THAT was a rip-off.

    Just saying.

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007

    +3

    Fanboy memory issues

    You all apparently forget that the original Apple TV cost as much and more. Remember the 160gb model cost $400 ? Was anyone bitching and instantly calling it a failure (duh... price=doa) ?

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