NSZ-GS7 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/nsz-gs7/all en-GB Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV rapid review http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/sony-nsz-gs7-google-tv-rapid-review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony wants to revolutionise your TV with its little black box, which promises to do for your TV what it&#039;s done for your smartphone - bring apps, Internet smarts, entertainment portals and convenience to you living room. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="497" height="293" title="Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV" alt="Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony%20NSZ-GS7%20Google%20TV.png?1371562335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1890297082001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1890297082001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Is this the Holy Grail of media streaming? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-NSZGS7-Main.jpg?1365764836" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-NSZ_GS7-review-remote_4.jpg?1365764836" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> High performance, full Chrome browser </div> <div class="field-item even"> Simple and effective TV interface </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb movie on demand entertainment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cluttered remote control </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lacking go-to apps </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony's Google TV box lets your TV surf the web via Chrome while Sony Entertainment Network takes care of music and movies, and Google Play handles games. Sounds perfect to us, but is it enough to end <a href="/review/apple-tv-1">Apple TV</a> and <a href="/review/humax-dtr-t1000">YouView's</a> hopes of taking over our living rooms?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-NSZ-GS7-review-sony-entertainment-network_2New_0.jpg?1365764836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The box itself weighs 600g and is 130mm x 204mm x 35mm so should slide nicely onto a spare shelf around your home cinema set-up and PVR. It can handle 3D video, streaming and photos and comes with 8GB of storage.</p> <p>It'll play nice with most formats too: playing back XviD, WMV10, MPEG and MKV video files, opening up JPEGs, GIFs, PNGs and BMPs and playing MP3s, AACs and WMA music files. In terms of inputs and outputs, there's HDMI-in, HDMI-out, built-in Wi-Fi, DLNA, Ethernet and two USB ports.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> remote </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Compared with the minimalism of the Apple TV remote, Sony's feature-packed zapper looks crazily cluttered: one side has a laptop-style touchpad, while the reverse has a full keyboard for searching, tweeting and emailing. It has motion tracking for games, too, and despite the complex design, it can become useful with perserverence.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-NSZGS7-review-remote_1NEW_0.jpg?1365764836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chrome browser </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big bonuses of having a Google-powered streamer is that it gets a full Chrome browser, which certainly functions better than any other TV-bound one we've seen to date. True, it lacks the slickness of a computer or smartphone, but embedded videos – so often a stumbling block for custom browsers – work seamlessly here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HDMI input </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As well as carrying the obvious HDMI output, the box also has an HDMI input, which allows you to connect a PVR to watch via the Google TV GUI and control with the remote. It also allows for very good picture-in-picture action, so you can watch the football on Sky while tweeting about Lee Cattermole's finer qualities.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-NSZ-GS7-review-google-TV-airtight_2NEW.jpg?1365764836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> versus Sony SMP-N200 streamer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You'd expect the GS7 to have all of the features of Sony's existing <a href="/news/christmas-gift-guide/5-of-the-best/christmas-gift-guide-%E2%80%93-home?page=0,1">£100 SMP-N200 streamer</a> plus Google TV, but that's not the case. So far, Google TV lacks many of the older Sony's most popular apps, such as Facebook, Lovefilm and iPlayer. Of course, Chrome makes all of those available, but dedicated apps would be neater.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google TV interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While hardly stunning, the Google TV interface is simple and effective. You can customise the home screen with your own wallpaper and a number of widgets (well, two at present, but we can expect it to increase), while the All Apps menu accesses the apps you don't have on the home screen. See? Simple and effective.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony_nsz-gs7-review_google_tv_internet_player_6_2NEW_0.jpg?1365764836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> network streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Disappointingly, the GS7 doesn't natively support streaming across your network. Help is at hand, though, in the form of the Plex for Google TV. for just 62p. Install Plex on the Sony box and the free Media Manager on your computer, and you've got yourself an impressively slick streaming solution – although formats such as disk images aren't supported.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Entertainment Network and apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not all of Sony's smart TV apps have made it to the GS7 but Sony Entertainment has. As well as a Spotify-style music subscription service, it also has access to Video Unlimited – which, thanks to a high-standard, up-to-date library and superb HD quality, is perhaps the best movie-on-demand service after iTunes.</p> <p>Also, there are a number of optimised websites for Google TV including Poker Fun. It allows you and a bunch of friends to play Texas hold 'em, displaying each player's cards on their smartphone screen. It's hardly a dealbreaker when choosing to buy, but it's fun and will take up less space in your living room than a poker table.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Airtight for Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy a bit of AirPlay on your non-Apple media streamer? Get the 65p Airtight app for Android. True, it only supports video and photos (not music) at present, but it otherwise works just as seamlessly as Apple's own solution.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Loads of potential, but Google TV needs far more apps to make it the best out there&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sony-nsz-gs7 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-nsz-gs7/review#comments NSZ-GS7 Sony Streaming Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:50:05 +0000 Sophie Charara 423035 at http://www.stuff.tv