First Impressions of the Logitech Revue

Well, if you have not heard about it GoogleTV has been out for a few weeks now on certain Sony TV’s as well as the Logitech Revue.  The only reason I picked up the Revue was because DISH Network was running a special for existing customers with a huge discount.  That, and it has massive DISH DVR integration unlike with other DVR units.  So far I have to say I am most impressed with the search features.  With one button you can bring up a search window that finds EVERYTHING with that keyword.  For example, just type in “Spike” and you will see the channel for SpikeTV and the currently playing show right there to select.  This means no more hunting for channel numbers or even using the DISH Guide for that matter.  It even has a hook into your DVR recordings.  On the downside I have yet to figure out the usefulness of the google account requirement and how multiple accounts really works.  Pandora works pretty awesome as an application, but Netflix is the 1st generation app.  That needs to get a quick update if you ask me to the PS3/Wii/xBox version of the Netflix app.  There is full DLNA media server support for videos, music, and pictures on your network which was hard to locate at first.

I would give the device a solid “B” at this point and we will have to see what the future updates hold for additional apps, or better yet the ability to get them from the Android market.  After all it is basically running Android 2.2 as the operating system, so one can only hope.  If you have a chance to check out the DISH deal and get the full DISH integration I think you will see more functionality than with non integrated systems so give it a go.

About Chris Colotti

Chris is active on the VMUG and event speaking circuit and is available for many events if you want to reach out and ask. Previously to this he spent close to a decade working for VMware as a Principal Architect. Previous to his nine plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spends a lot of time mentoring co-workers and friends on the benefits of personal growth and professional development. Chris is also amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her promotional products as the accountant, book keeper, and IT Support. Chris also believes in both a healthy body and healthy mind, and has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years.

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