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Sony NSZ-GS7
The NSZ-GS7 will be priced at $199

Sony and Google have partnered up for a new set-top box that will finally be released late next month.

The set-top box, called the NSZ-GS7, will be made by Sony and run Google TV. It was initially announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and now has a release date of July 22.

The NSZ-GS7 Internet player will allow owners to use Google Chrome browser for Web searches, purchase apps from the Google Play Store, access favorite sites like YouTube and search content available from both broadcast providers and the Internet for custom videos on demand.

The new Internet player will also come with a remote that features a backlit QWERTY keyboard, a three-axis motion sensor for gaming and a touch pad for easy navigation.

"Expanding the reach and interoperability of the powerful Android platform with Sony's smartphones, tablets and renowned Audio & Video products, we are proud to continue our relationship with Google through the introduction of the new Google TV set-top-box," said Phil Molyneux, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics.

For the first time, the U.S. will not be the only country to receive the new Google TV product. The United Kingdom will also receive the NSZ-GS7 in July, with Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the Netherlands to follow.

In addition to the NSZ-GS7, Sony and Google will also release the NSZ-GP9, which is a Blu-ray disc player with Google TV. This particular player will be available for $299 this fall, and will also be released in the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The NSZ-GS7 will be priced at $199.

This isn't Sony and Google's first shot at Google TV-powered devices. Back in 2010, the two released four Google TV-enabled Sony HDTV flat-screens in 24-inch ($600 USD), 32-inch ($800), 40-inch ($1,000), and 46-inch ($1,400) varieties.

Despite being in the game awhile, some believe Google and Sony still don't have it right. According to Sam Biddle with Gizmodo UK, the NSZ-GS7 is no better than its Sony/Google predecessors. Biddle mentioned issues starting with setup, where he had trouble connecting to a wireless network, looking for byzantine IR codes for the remote, and searching for a new Pioneer receiver. From there, channels had trouble loading, certain commands were not recognized and unexplainable green screens would pop up.

However, Biddle did have a couple of nice things to say. Start up is instant and it doesn't take much to pull up a live list of TV shows to watch. But overall, Biddle said he wouldn't recommend the NSZ-GS7 to anyone.

The Verge didn't seem completely satisfied with the new device either. It gave the NSZ-GS7 a score of 5.8 out of 10, citing problems like a lackluster app selection, the need for more Google TV content and the device becoming really hot. But the review did mention some good, like simple hardware with well-placed ports, great universal search functionality and a faster and more responsive interface.

Source: Sony

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What can this do....
By troysavary on 6/25/2012 11:39:34 AM , Rating: 3
that I can't already do better on either a HTPC or an X-Box?

RE: What can this do....
By bug77 on 6/25/2012 12:09:23 PM , Rating: 5
Most likely, charge you for various things.

RE: What can this do....
By othercents on 6/25/2012 2:09:31 PM , Rating: 2
I have used a Logitech Google TV and they are slick, however everything I would want to do (Pandora & Netflix) is already available on my LG BluRay or LG TV. I don't turn on my HTPC or X-Box because they take much longer to boot than my BluRay. I expect the same from Google TV.

Google TV was a good concept, however I don't see a reason for it now. The future will have to be closer to a slingbox device were we don't have TVs, but tablets that share the Cable or Satellite so each individual family member can watch different shows. My satellite has something similar, however it needs more refinement.


RE: What can this do....
By Wolfpup on 6/25/2012 2:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
X-Box lots of things, but compared to a PC? Nothing.

Still, next time I'm in the market for a Blu Ray player, I'll take a look at it again.

I love that the current one has an Atom in it...but...I don't know, I just ended up with a normal Sony Blu Ray player.

RE: What can this do....
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2012 3:05:19 PM , Rating: 2
There's no such thing as a similarly capable HTPC for $200 maybe?

RE: What can this do....
By Adam M on 6/25/2012 5:34:49 PM , Rating: 2
I really don't seen any difference between this and a Logitec Review. I see how they could be useful but with so much overlap in technologies and services I don't see the need. Many TVs and consoles can stream Netflix and YouTube and I can get a thumb drive sized Android to plug in for any apps. There's nothing new here.

RE: What can this do....
By Trisped on 6/26/2012 7:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
What can your HTPC or XBox do that a desktop cannot?
What can a tablet do that I can't already do on my phone or laptop?
Just because the device is new does not mean the features are new as well.

What this will do that your XBox cannot is use Android apps. You could use Android apps on your HTPC too, but you would have difficulty interfacing with them from your couch with a standard mouse and keyboard.

There is also the remote, the start-up speed, the ease of finding content, and a number of other features.

At this point I would not buy unless you want to play with it, as the product is still very unrefined. I will probably wait 2-3 years before buying one so they can work out the issues.

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