There are countless boxes that can stream content from the web to your big screen TV.  One of the most well known is Apple’s TV.  Which, if you dig into it, is pretty limited from a functionality standpoint.  Sure, you can get it for $89 (our deal of the day today), but you’re limited to buying your content from the iTunes store.  And last we checked it doesn’t even sport a proper browser for surfing the net for pornography (you were thinking it, we’re just saying it) or doing your college homework (see what we did there).  A better alternative you ask? Google TV.

Today, Sony announced that their latest Google TV powered box, the NSZ-GS7, is available for preoorder starting today for $199.99 and will ship around July 9th, a few weeks from now.  Yes, it costs twice as much as Apple’s offering, but its functionality seems to be reflective of that.

And speaking of functionality, Sony includes a remote that features a full backlit QWERTY keyboard on one side, and a clickable trackpad on the other.  There is also a 3-axis motion sensor present for gaming (On Live is available on Google TV). Alternatively, you can control the NSZ-GS7 using your iPhone, iPad, or any Android based device.

Other features includes WiFi N, pic-in-pic effects so you can surf and watch at the same time, a full web browser powered by Google’s Chrome, the Android Marketplace, 8GB of built-in storage, and of course the ability to watch live.  Needless to say, you can stream Netflix, Pandora and those alike as well as access all the social networks to your heart’s desire.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."