Google TV vs. Apple TV vs. Roku: Set-Top Box Smackdown

How does Logitech's Revue set-top box stack up against competitors Apple TV, Roku, and Boxee Box?

By Daniel Ionescu, PC World |  Personal Tech, Apple TV, Google TV

The battle for living room dominance by tech companies heated up Wednesday when Logitech unveiled its Google TV set-top box called Revue. The device that weds Internet-based content, Web surfing, and productivity apps with your HDTV goes on sale later this month for $300. Its chief competitors are the freshly revamped Apple TV and Roku's Netflix set-top box.

For couch-saddled consumers confused by a plethora of boob-tube gizmos we offer answers. Here we compared the Revue alongside three other similar products - Apple TV, Roku XDS, and Boxee Box from D-Link. For a summary overview of features, prices, and specs see our comparison chart.

Revue Overview

For $299, the Logitech Revue comes with a keyboard remote control, which is roughly the size of a regular computer keyboard, but adds a touchpad and D-pad used for searching through your media and browsing the Web via Google's own Chrome browser.

The Logitech Revue is just the hardware. The brains behind the box is Google's operating system for set-top boxes, called Google TV. This allows you to use the Revue to browse the Web from your TV (yes, including Flash sites like Farmville, Twitter, and Facebook) and search and watch videos from the Web (Except for Hulu which is banned from Google TV). Google TV also delivers content from a growing list of partners (HBO, CNBC, Twitter, Netflix and Amazon) that each have custom Google TV channels.

The Revue can also be used to place HD video calls, but you will need a separate camera that costs $149. You can also buy a palm-sized mini remote for $129. If bought with all the accessories, the Logitech Revue would set you back around $570.

The Contenders

Apple, has its own alternative, the Apple TV, which is aimed at those with large iTunes libraries and want to stream their videos, music and photos on to their TVs, alongside Internet videos and Netflix streaming.


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