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HolidayBuyer's Guide

The set-top box

No buttons on the front

Built-in IR emitters

Back panel

Side view

Keyboard

Control center for Google TV

Thin and light

Back of keyboard

Bottom of keyboard

Battery cover

AC adapter

IR blaster

HDMI cable included!

The Revue set-top box doesn't approach the impossibly small standards of the Apple TV, but it's still a good deal smaller than, say, a cable DVR or Blu-ray player.
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Like many modern set-top boxes, the Logitech Revue doesn't have any buttons on the front, with only a simple power button hidden away on the back.
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The Revue can control a cable/satellite box and an AV receiver using its built-in IR emitters, which means it doesn't require a bulky, physical IR blaster.
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The back panel also houses the rest of the connectivity options and there are no surprises from what was announced at Logitech's press conference. The HDMI input is for connecting a cable/satellite box, while the HDMI output will connect directly to your HDTV or AV receiver.
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There are some small ventilation grates on the side.
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While the box is nondescript, the keyboard is the highlight of the package.
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We've already commented that we feel that Logitech's included keyboard appears to be the best way to control Google TV so far, and our limited early experience with it has mostly proven that to be true.
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The keyboard is very thin and light, so it doesn't feel like a huge imposition in a living room environment.
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There's a small switch on the back of the keyboard for power.
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Here's the bottom of the keyboard.
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Just slide the battery cover off and there are connectors for two AA batteries. The keyboard comes with two batteries already installed.
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While the box itself is relatively slim, it does require a power brick, which is a little over half the size of standard laptop AC adapter.
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In case the Revue's built-in IR emitters don't work, Logitech includes a single physical IR blaster in the box.
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One thing we weren't expecting was an HDMI cable included in the box. Despite HDMI cables being cheap and necessary for home video devices, few manufacturers include one in the box, so we applaud Logitech for tossing in a cable.
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