Logitech Slashes Price of Revue Set-Top-Box to $99
Last year Logitech and Sony released their initial versions of the Google TV platform running Android. The Logitech Revue was a set-top-box unlike it's competitor which was integrated into a Sony television. Debuting at $300 it faced serious competition from similar offerings like Apple TV, Roku, Boxee Box, and others.
After a recent price slash to $250 the company has forfeited any profits by dropping the box down to an all time low of $99. Logitech is reporting that they are seeing more units returned than sold. The goal is to sell as many as they can to at least recover some of their loss.
If you remember, Dish network was offering the Logitech Revue at a subsidized price of $179 on launch. If I were one of these customers stuck in a contract I'd be pretty upset to see this thing being sold in the clear for $99.
Some reports show that Google asked manufacturers to hold off on releasing hardware, because they wanted to make more software refinements. From the very beginning Google TV received poor reviews among journalists, and customers — I just wonder what could have been possible if they waited a little longer. The question now is if they will revamp the product with a fresh look and feel, or is this another dead project from Google?
My opinion is that it's going to be harder for Google to convince a manufacturer that they have a product that is going to sell. Nevertheless, I'm curious to see how many they'll sell now that the price has significantly dropped. Those looking for a web browser for their TV might have a decent option at $99.