Google TV may still be lacking behind the rest of the smart TV pack, but Archos believes it has solved the apparent issue with its new TV Connect. The Android-powered computer box plugs into any existing HDTV to offer a seamless connected experience.
Along with the box itself, customers will be treated to a massive remote with more controls than you could ever imagine necessary, featuring a full QWERTY kerboard, a D-pad and a slew of gaming buttons..To differentiate itself from the rest of the ill-fated Google TV crowd, Archos has also included a pair of pointer sticks to “control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion.” If that’s not enough, the box has a built-in HD webcam, making video calls a breeze.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable features of the company’s new Google TV is access to Google’s entire swath of Play Store content. Unlike other similar boxes, users will be able to purchase music, movies and TV episodes, in addition to third-party streaming applications like Netflix and Spotify. Running graphic intensive apps should be no problem either as Archos’ TV Connect sports a 1.5GHz “multi core” CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD). The Android 4.1-powered TV Connect is slated to arrive in February for $130.