Bad Revue: Logitech’s Google TV Box Suffers From “Negative Sales”

By  |  Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

How is Logitech’s Revue–the first stand-alone Google TV box–selling? Logitech says sales are “slightly negative.” As in, more Revue boxes are coming back to Logitech than are being bought and used by consumers. I feel the company’s pain, but I’m not surprised by the bad news. I like the idea of Google TV, but when I tried the Revue last October, I found its software horrifically rough around the edges, to the point that it was no fun at all. Logitech has knocked the price down from $249 to $99, but a shaky product is a shaky product no matter what the price is.

As Daring Fireball’s John Gruber points out, the Revue is an example of a trend I cover in my new TIME.com Technologizer column: products which ship even though they’re clearly not ready to ship. I don’t know the Revue’s backstory–and tend to think that Logitech may have been as surprised by anyone at how iffy the Google TV software is. But reviewers like me and early adopters who bought the Revue found it lacking, and told other people. Is there any way that Google TV’s chances at success wouldn’t have been a lot higher if Google had finished it six months or a year later and invested the extra time in creating something that pundits and real people would have loved?

 

 
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  1. thelowedown Says:

    Now, with Google TV's software known as buggy and not worthwhile, Google will have a tough time selling partners on its software and the general public as well as the techjourno world.

  2. ebpp Says:

    that's becoming more and more common, companies ship unfinished products, hoping to update them later.

  3. Dave Shawn Says:

    One of the worst products from google. Cheers

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    I haven't read a review about this product yet. It's hard to comment as of the moment. I will try and read more about this one though. Thanks

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