Now that it's below $100 I picked up a Logitech Revue last night (aka "Google TV box").

There are a few minor annoyances, but so far I'm liking it. Being able to hang out on Twitter, G+, or just surf the web while having tv running in a corner is nice. The netflix client is ok, and the amazon instant video client is essentially just browsing their site and then playing full screen so very good actually.

Napster integrates well, as does Crackle. The web browser works fine, and is surprisingly readable even from about 10 feet away from a 52" TV. It's a tad sluggish compared to most computers or laptops but not horrible. I did manage to crash it once by trying to use Google Docs of all things. It did work fine the next time, but rather funny their own site was the one to bring things to a screeching halt.

Controlling my TiVo through it is rather rudimentary, and I really wished the Logitech wireless keyboard worked on TiVo search menus and such as a full keyboard rather than just up/down/left/right/select menu navigation. But, it does the basics fine.

The companion Harmony app for Android gives more remote control capabilities for your TV, AV receiver, and DVR, and is a good option to have. The included keyboard is a bit small but is light and pleasant to type on once I got used to the closer keys. I like the touchpad in the upper right, though I wish you could permanently enable the tap-to-click on it. (Otherwise there's a button in the upper left to trigger the equivalent of a mouse click). You can also use a two or three finger gesture to scroll up or down, but it's pretty much laggy & unusable until the page has fully loaded. A few other dedicated keys are well layed-out overall and are pleasant to use.

For the original $300 I would not have been happy, but for $100? Definitely a fun little gadget that feels worth having, if only as another enabler for those who like to combine TV and social networking addictions. :-)

If anyone is interested in further details feel free to ask...
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