Logitech Revue goes on pre-order

Posted in Hardware,News by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 6th, 2010

Logitech Revue

The first Google TV client – the Logitech Revue Companion Box is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com, Best Buy and on Logitech’s own web store for $299.99.

In addition to the previously available information we now know that it will ship with a wireless Keyboard Controller, which integrates full QWERTY keyboard with a track pad, with some common remote control functions (such as Rewind, Fast-Forward, Play, Stop, etc), dedicated Volume control buttons and Input switching buttons for TV, AV Receiver and a Set top box.

The Box itself features 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI input for your cable or satellite box, HDMI output to your HDTV, Optical S/PDIF output to AV Receiver and a pair of Infrared blaster outputs to control your TV and Set top box.
Revue connects to your network router with either Ethernet cable or wirelessly through built-in 802.11n WiFi. It could output HD contents at full 1080p/60fps through its HDMI 1.3a w/CEC. The CEC stands for Consumer Electronics Control and allows to, for example, automatically turn on your HDMI-connected HDTV whenever you power on the Companion Box.

The Companion will support a number of apps “out of the box”, and among those are the usual suspects – Netflix, Pandora, and yes, Twitter too. Developers, brace yourself for yet another app store. :~)

Applications for iPhone and Android phones will also be available at launch time and will feature a set of Harmony remote functions, such as activity-based control.

…one touch of “Watch Google TV” turns on your TV, cable/satellite box, and A/V receiver, and, just like that, you’re ready to start using your Revue.

An optional Logitech TV Cam will allow you to video chat with your friends in glorious HD.

All-in-all it’s quite an interesting package. Let’s wait and see how it will fare in real world. Are you willing to watch TV with a keyboard on your lap? Please share in the comments below.

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