Logitech Revue: Unboxing and First Impressions

The Logitech Revue is one of two choices when connecting to Google TV. I reviewed the other choice, the Sony Internet TV, here. The Logitech Revue is not exactly cheap, but it costs a lot less than buying a brand new TV. DISH Network customers even get a discount on the device.

The Revue is pretty simple as far as hardware goes. There is a keyboard remote and a cable companion box. Setup is pretty easy. If you need a MAC address to connect a device to your network, you can view it for the LAN and WAN on the underside of the companion box. Other than making sure your network allows new devices, you simply answer some questions about your TV, cable company, and log into Google.

If you don’t have a set-top box or DVR from your cable provider, things get a little tricky. You can watch TV, but you can’t use the keyboard remote to control it. This means you can’t select a television show from Google TV either. You really need a set-top box or DVR to get the full value out of the Revue.

Searching for YouTube videos is easy enough. I looked at some of the pre-set applications as well, including CNBC, Netflix, and Twitter. These are Android apps, but you can’t currently access the Android Market. That feature is coming soon.

In addition to Android Apps, you also get Google Chrome. It is designed to behave just as Chrome would on your computer, but tabbed browsing can be a bit tricky. I Googled it from Chrome on the device, and it didn’t indicate a difference in tabbed browsing. There was mention of a menu button or clicking Control – T, but that was it. I poked around a bit more and figured it out. If you want to view open tabs or input a URL, click the search key at the bottom of the keyboard (it looks like a magnifying glass). You can input URLs here, and if you look at the far right you can see an icon for selecting open windows. This is not only for Chrome it seems, but for all of Google TV, as the home screen is included as a choice.

All in all, first impressions are pretty good. I am going to test it a bit more with DISH Network tonight, so I will discuss those impressions soon. The keyboard is really easy to use, and is far less complex than the one on Sony’s Internet TV. This means it is more accessible to the everyday user, not just geeks like myself who like the Sony version.

If you’ve tried the Logitech Revue, let me know what you think in the comments.

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  • Nicole

    I love my Logitech Revue and how easy it is to use! The revue itself is sleek and sits nicely on top of my VIP 722k DVR. I have the revue integrated with my DISH Network equipment so that I have the largest access to theme searches that I’ve ever seen. I work for DISH and always thought that the theme searches on our equipment was already pretty thorough, but the Logitech continues to impress me with all the things it can find in my programming line up, my DVR archives and online. I strongly suggest this to someone who loves movies and wants the best in entertainment. I hope everything is going well for you and I’d be happy to answer any questions as they arise!