Cloud Computing: Google TV Logitech Revue Setup Is Lengthy but Easy
Recently eWEEK got its hands on Logitech's Revue companion box and keyboard controller for Google TV. Google TV powered by Revue is worth the time it takes to walk through the setup process so consumers can decide whether this service provides good value for the money. It will also help them decide whether they would rather go for Apple TV or some other service. Consumers setting up Logitech Revue should have their WiFi network passwords ready and available to enter into the system along with their zip codes and Google user names and passwords. Users will also need to be able to easily access the makes and models of their TVs, set-top boxes and AV systems, assuming they choose to have their controller manage their gear. We tested the Revue Google TV service on a 46-inch Toshiba LCD TV receiver, a Sony digital AV system and a Motorola set-top box fed by AT&T's U-verse TV service. But to do it, eWEEK had to scramble to find some of this information, so setup time took 30 minutes. If users have all the pertinent information on hand, setup time is 15 minutes or less. Also, note that while Logitech supplies one HDMI cable to hook the Revue to the set-top box, eWEEK had to purchase another HDMI cable to hook the TV to the Revue box. This slide show deals with the setup only; the review is here. Logitech is offering the Revue for presale with shipments expected by Oct. 31.