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Vizio Co-Star Stream Player

Vizio Co-Star Stream Player

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70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

70
 

User Reviews

100
rohiers2
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
Fred929
After you get used to using it (like any piece of tech) you will want one for...read more
100
tgarlanger
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
60
Average Critic Score
 
50
CNET
The Vizio Co-Star is an affordable way of getting the Google TV experience, but the software remains underwhelming and hampered by restrictions.
 
50
Time
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.
 
70
Engadget
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.
 
60
Wired
... 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.
 
60
Gizmodo
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.
 
70
PC Mag
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.