October 07, 2010
| by Rachel Cericola
Google TV is set to launch any day now. The new service will bring the best of web surfing and online video options straight to your big screen. However, before you start streaming, Logitech wants to load you up with its newly announced line of Google TV-compatible products.
First up is the Logitech Revue with Google TV. Revue is a set-top and keyboard combo, designed to bring you all of the digital delights associated with Google TV. The box connects to your TV via the included HDMI cable. Then, you’ll need another HDMI cable to connect the box to your cable or satellite box. Once everything is set up, you can use the keyboard to type in anything your little heart desires and navigate your way around Google TV’s content.
The Revue packs in Harmony Link software, as well as familiar remote-style buttons. Like the Harmony, the Review seems insanely easy, but not cheap either. The Logitech Revue with Google TV will have an MSRP of $299.99 (U.S.). The keyboard can also be purchased separately (for dueling keyboards?) for $99.99.
Of course, the Revue already has its own line of accessories. The Logitech Mini Controller is a $129.99 palm-sized keyboard, which features a touchpad and remote control combo. Offering complete control over Google TV, this unit also has buttons for the TV, A/V receiver and DVR. The Mini Controller also boasts two weeks of playtime, via a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
For $149.99, you can add high-def (720p) video calling via the Logitech TV Cam. This device connects to the Logitech Revue box and projects sparkling images to your friends and family, via Carl Zeiss optics and a wide-angle lens. Other features include a 5x digital zoom, two digital microphones, and Logitech’s own RightLight 2 technology. Calls are made easily through the Revue’s main menu, through the Logitech Vid HD app. When calls come in, the TV Cam will blink and give a little ring.
Of course, no web-enabled product would be complete without apps. The Logitech Media Player comes preloaded on the Revue. This lets you access whatever photos, music and home video is stored on your network. Two downloadable apps will also be available: the Logitech Harmony for iPhone and the Logitech Harmony for Android. Both allow Google TV control from any iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android device.
Logitech expects all of its Google TV products to start shipping this month.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.