We were reasonably impressed by Logitech’s Revue when we reviewed the Google TV STB last year, but one of our main concerns was how living room friendly the standard wireless keyboard remote was. Logitech will happily sell you its mini controller, but at $129 it’s a whole lot more expensive than EFO’s wireless Google TV keyboard.
Video demo after the cut
For $52.50 you get a full QWERTY thumbboard, backlit and with all the Google TV specific shortcut buttons, along with a touchpad for navigation. The ‘board is designed to recognize orientation changes, so that you can hold it as a traditional remote and navigate via the touchpad. There’s even a laser pointer, and as you can see in the image above on the right (EFO underneath, Logitech Revue keyboard on top) there’s a significant size difference too.
If you don’t mind a dongle, there’s an RF version that drops the Bluetooth and the price, down to $45.30 in fact. Both ship later this month.