Vizio Co-Star Pre-Orders: Get Your Google TV For $100
As we reported last month, the Vizio Co-Star is a do-everything set-top box. (well, almost everything. It doesn't have a Blu-ray drive.) The device makes your plain-old HDTV an Internet-connected TV (via Ethernet or Wi-Fi) so you can enjoy Google TV, surf the Web, and even game via OnLive. It can also connect your cable or satellite box (for control from one remote) and a keyboard via the HDMI and USB ports on the back.
Although the Co-Star's little set-top box is Roku-like in size and shape, its remote is nothing like the more-established device's control. A full QWERTY keyboard, a number pad, and a touchpad are all on the new Co-Star remote. Interestingly, the remote also has buttons for Netflix and other popular channels. Of course, you don't need to use the included remote at all, as the Google TV app for you smartphone or tablet can also control your Google TV.