Vizio Co-Star Stream Player

70
Engadget
Score
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Vizio Co-Star review: how good a deal is this $99 Google TV box?

Summary

At $99, the Co-Star is the least expensive way to get the Google TV experience, but the price doesn't come without trade-offs.

Pros
  • The least expensive Google TVOnLiveApp Tray menu overlay
Cons
  • No built-in IR emitterAwkward remote
Vizio Co-Star review: how good a deal is this $99 Google TV box?
More Info Vizio Co-Star Google TV set-top box is up for pre-order, $100 brings it your way in August Vizio Co-Star teardown supplies the tech specs we never had Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV review And then there were two. We're talking about standalone Google TV boxes, folks, with the Vizio Co-Star recently joining Sony's NSZ-GS7. Both feature the same version of Google's software and come with a remote offering a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad. But with Vizio's model selling for just $99, it's half the price of Sony's entry, so you might be wondering how extensive the differences are. Now that we've had a chance to test both, we're ready to weigh in. Read on to find out if that 50 percent price difference makes the Co-Star worth it.
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Scores

Engadget

70
 

Breakdown

Ease of use
7.6
Media support
6.5
Design and form factor
6.8
Video quality
7.0
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Specs

Co-Star Stream Player

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WMA
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Pandora, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Specs

Co-Star Stream Player

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WMA
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Pandora, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Shield Android TV

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84
 

Critic

7.6
 

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