Sony NSZ-GS7 Review

An Internet Player with Google TV

 

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The Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV is the company’s second and newest device featuring the Internet giant’s ambitious digital media software. It features a reasonable MSRP of $170, but intrepid bargain hunters can easily find it for as low as $148 with a simple search.

Vizio Co-Star also offers Google TV. To compare read “VIZIO Co-Star Review“.

 

The exterior of the NSZ-GS7 is a slick and sophisticated treat for the eyes, showcasing Sony’s impeccable eye for excellent design. Under the hood lies a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that easily handles apps, videos and webpages, along with a built-in wireless receiver that allows households to do away with wired connections. With an HDMI input and output, Ethernet port, two USB ports and a IR blaster post, connecting most of your favorite devices is no problem.

 

NSZ-GS7 Remote

1x1.trans Sony NSZ GS7 Review video streaming devices 2 The double-sided remote control is perhaps the most interesting feature found on the NSZ-GS7. On one side, there is a generously sized touchpad that allows for remarkably easy navigation, along with an assortment of Android buttons and DVR-style buttons. Turn the remote over and you get a full keyboard, which without, using Google TV’s search feature would almost be impossible. On the right side of the remote, you’ll find your basic volume and channel controls. Last but not least, it also features a 3-Axis motion sensor for gaming. This remote’s tech-laden nature may make it seem somewhat confusing to ordinary users expecting a bit more simplicity.

Being Google TV, the package also includes its ubiquitous Chrome browser. In addition, it comes with Flash Media Player for handling Flash-based content. With the free Media Remote app, you can use your smartphone instead of the included remote to control the NSZ-GS7.

 

NSZ-GS7 Review

What is Google TV

While the smartly designed and surprisingly innovative hardware earns top marks on many consumers’ lists, but is slightly let down by the unexpected software limitations. Google TV has many pluses – the ability to cross search results from the Internet, download apps from Google Play and instantly watch content from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Youtube and many more. But the software still suffers from a few of intermittent bugs and a lacks certain features, making the overall user experience seem a bit rough around the edges. Specifically, streaming content from Hulu and Viacom-affiliated TV networks, including FOX, NBC and Comedy Central, is still a no-go, making content choices a bit thin for most people’s tastes.

Which is why no video streaming devices is a complete solution, or all in one Cable TV Alternative. For a complete solution, you need to combine a Video Streamer, with Video Streaming Services, and an Indoor Antenna (which does give you access to TV networks like FOX, NBC and ABC. Click here to learn more)

 

 

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  • Iris

    I commend Google for continuously exerting effort in
    bringing us quality and innovative design towards a better and hassle-free electronic
    future. When Sony NSZ-GS7 came out of the market, I was psyched and the same
    time nervous – excited because it will be brilliant (as most google products)
    and nervous because of the stiff competition. Initially, I thought this stumps
    every competition. Indeed, it did! Looking at the product when I bought one,
    this is the sleekest mean machine I have. With Google TV already included, it
    ups the awesomeness of the product even more. I did not even mention the remote
    yet, so Sony NSZ-GS7 makes every competitor a thing of the past! :)

    • http://www.killthecablebill.com/ KTCB

      Hey Iris, wow – sounds like the NSZ-GS7 is working out great for you. The only big issue i see with it right now is that it does not offer Hulu. Come On Google. Hulu is Awesome! I am sure this will change soon, as google tv will most likely beat out all competition in time…

  • Delia

    It is the remote that did it for me. A remote that when flipped becomes a keyboard, that is just plain genius. I am not too techy but I appreciate how the merger of Sony and Google has brought us products beyond imagine. Take for example this Sony NSZ- GS7, an internet TV that works as an alternate laptop? Well, I use mine that way. When I am not watching my favorite TV shows via online streaming, I am up to my neck with my dose of social media if you know what I mean! To Sony and Google, thanks you very much. To Kill the Cable Bill, this is one of the best articles I have read and I have your site bookmarked!

    • http://www.killthecablebill.com/ KTCB

      Your right the controller is so nice. And anyone who has been watching content online for a while, knows just how important this is.

      Also your comment about social apps is a great one. I did not mention it in this article but Google TV also offers a ton of social apps, email apps, and much more. Things are really changing, to where now you can go from watching a movie, to checking email, and then to check twitter all in one sitting, from the comfort of your couch, while looking up at your large HD television. Awesome!