A huge keyboard from a company that already makes great portable media center keyboards.
Digital Trends got their hands on an early Logitech Revue GoogleTV last week. Overall, they loved it, saying:
Let's face it: You don't buy a Swiss Army knife because it has a corkscrew. You buy it because it has everything, and a few of those things just can't be found in most other places. The cloud revolution is well under way, people. And if you're not in it, you're probably still scratching your head, staring into the sky, watching it float by.
So put away your Motorola Razor with the big clicky buttons, and catch up, because (at least for the moment) Google is king, we are its subjects, and the Logitech Revue has just put the best damn roadmap to its kingdom in our hands.
One thing stuck out to me about the hardware: the keyboard. It is full-sized and meant to be used on your lap.
I'm about as techie as it gets and I see no reason why you need a full-sized keyboard in your lap while watching TV. More than 90% of what you type on this thing will be to search for shows to watch. That's about 10-20 characters per query.
You can do that with a smartphone-sized keyboard that acts as a multimedia controller. As just about everyone is getting used to typing on their phones, this would be foreign to few.
The strangest part? Logitech has made a device that does this exact thing, the Logitech diNova Mini (pictured below) for two years!
As one of GoogleTV's premiere launch partners, Logitech finds itself the center of attention for the first time in its long history.
Logitech was founded in Switzerland in 1980 by two Standord alums, Daniel Borel and Pierluigi Zappacosta, and Giacomo Marini, a former manager at Olivetti. For the first part of its life, Logitech made mainly mice and then keyboards.
Logitech (LOGI) did this extremely well, better than anyone else in the world. In MORESeth Weintraub - May 26, 2010 3:07 PM ET
By pushing its own 'Smart TV initiative' with advertising and promotions, Intel will be diluting the GoogleTV brand and hurting its chances of success.
Intel this week started advertising its 'Smart TV ' platform for GoogleTV products. The move is meant to bolster Intel's profile in the set top box game, but with only one product line out, GoogleTV, it may just confuse consumers.
It seems clear by this initiative that Intel MORESeth Weintraub - May 25, 2010 3:09 PM ET
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