16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
OK if you have a dumb TV,
This review is from: Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV (Electronics)
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I thought that I would give the NSZ-GS7 a good couple of weeks before doing a review as initial impressions were not that favourable.
The box itself is small, sleek and piano black, and fits in very nicely with the rest of my mostly Sony AV gear. As usual, the GS7 was not shipped with any cables or connectors apart from the power lead, so it is as well to ensure you have them to hand, or order at the same time.
The remote is quite fancy, part remote/part trackpad, and all in all is reasonably well made, if a little fiddly in operation. I quite like the back light operation, but still find the keys not so easy to see in low light conditions.
The reason for my initial poor evaluation (2 stars ... now creeping to 3) is that whilst the idea is great, the execution is quite poor. The number of Apps available is very limited, and despite promises that more is to come ... experience with other internet access AV gear (both Sony and Panasonic) show that delivery on these promises about additional services rarely materialise. In the 2 years I have had my Sony BlueRay with internet access, maybe one or two services have been added ...
A big disappointment is the lack of Player Apps like iPlayer, ITV and Channel 4 ... I know that you can access them using the browser, but this is hardly seamless is it?
I have not yet found out how to access my DLNA server ... both my Sony BlueRay and Panasonic PVR both hooked up instantly ... I have installed PLEX onto my NAS drive, so will attempt to go down that route .., again, hardly seamless.
This is more of a almost product, one that could be good if the kinks are ironed out, and maybe, just maybe, if you have a dumb TV and want to access services like Netflix it is on the verge of being worth it.
For me though, it is a £200 box to get a web browser on my TV ... as for the remote, the app that you can download for the iphone or ipad is better ... but that then begs the question ... is the GS7 worth the price ... for me, an emphatic no!