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conclusion:Pass on it

65

At $99, the Co-Star is the most affordable Google TV streamer to date, but it's still a poor value compared to competing devices from Roku, Apple and others. The main downside remains the limited selection of sources, with many limited to web-based versions, and others entirely unavailable. The Co-star does offer some good features, including the Chrome browser, access to the Google Play store, and a full QWERTY remote. However, if you're looking for an easy-to-use, flexible streamer, you'll be better off with the latest Apple TV or Roku 2 XS, both of which are gdgt Must-haves and sell for about the same price as the Co-star.

Critic reviews

6.0
6 reviews
  • Media support
    6.6
  • Video quality
    7.0
  • Audio quality
  • Ease of use
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    6.8

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User reviews

6.3
10 reviews
7.0
Engadget Sep 19, 2012

Ultimately, we still can't say that we believe Google's approach to internet-enabled set-top boxes is better than the rest, but at least for $99 the Vizio Co-Star delivers Google's vision for the living room for a price comparable to other internet TV streamers.

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7.0
PC Mag Dec 27, 2012

The Vizio Co-Star VAP430 puts a twist on the functional, if clunky, Google TV interface. But it's not the best choice for getting Google TV on your television.

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6.0
Wired Oct 2, 2012

... for Android diehards, the Google TV-curious, and those looking to supplement (rather than replace) their live TV experience, the Co-Star is a satisfying, low-cost option.

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6.0
Gizmodo Nov 6, 2012

Should You Buy It? If you're absolutely sold on Google TV as a platform, this is the best Google TV device. It tries. It does it pretty well. But Google TV, despite its strength is as a search platform, is still more convoluted trouble than it's worth—no matter how admirable Vizio's attempt is.

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5.0
CNET Sep 13, 2012

The Vizio Co-Star is an affordable way of getting the Google TV experience, but the software remains underwhelming and hampered by restrictions.

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5.0
Time Sep 17, 2012

For the money, it has more to offer than other connected TV boxes, but it also has a list of weaknesses that will turn off users who just want a simple media streamer.

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4.0
Samauri Samauri

I've got a Roku, a few Apple TVs (some jailbroken, some not) and a Logitech Revue as well. I keep the Apple TVs in the kids rooms so they can watch Netflix easily and use the Revue on the main TV since I think it works the best out of all of them. I pre-ordered the co-star some time back and it...

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1.0
ackerrj ackerrj

This product takes a good idea, and implements it poorly. The general feel of the product is cheap. The quality is low, and so is the user experience. I have had hours of frustration with this device, as I like the concept and would really like it to work. However, it seems like an alpha or...

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8.0
Pusta Pusta

The Hardware In the box you’ll find the Co-Star, a power adapter, the remote, and 2 AA batteries, so stock up on HDMI cables (may I suggestion Monoprice.com). For $99, the Vizio Co-Star the build quality feels very solid. For comparison purposes, the Co-Star is slightly larger and three times...

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9.0
Fred929 Fred929

After you get used to using it (like any piece of tech) you will want one for every television in your home.

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8.0
phxtravis phxtravis

For the price it is an amazing device, but it does suffer from some first year jitters. Before the most recent update the "Live TV" would crash from time to time and require me to power cycle the box. This appears to be resolved after the patch, but now when I first start up the unit it will take...

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1.0
goelzdog goelzdog

Well here it is...im writing this from my soon to be returned co star. The keyboard is a great thing to have on the back of a remote, however sometimes it simply decides to not type a letter even when you know you pushed it, this seems to happen only on certain sites. The scratchpad is garbage,...

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