This device definitely caught my eye, since it has the integrated Blu Ray. the standard Logitech device is nice, but the $100 dollar included BR takes this device to the next step.
I almost pulled the trigger on a BDP-s770 (BR 3D & HDMI 1.4a), but I am now contemplating the GT1. I have read the previous posts with speculation around 3D. As many of you, my concern is if they will support 3D in the future and be able to turn it on via a Firmware upgrade. This would be similar to what Sony has done with the BDP-S570/470/370 BR players and the PS3.
The last few questions I would like to understand before I take the plunge are the following. First, what version of HDMI does it have? I would assume it is 1.3, but I hope that is has HDMI 1.4a, so we can take advantage of HDMI Ethernet Channel and Audio Return Channel. ARC not so important, but the Ethernet Channel is nice to have, and 1.4a would ensure that they would provide 3D in the future.
Next, does anyone know if Google has gotten any closer to adding Hulu to this offering? Sony has this locked this feature in with other newer devices, but Google needs to work this out with Hulu. There is a lot of speculation, but nothing for sure yet.This will allow a lot of potential users, like myself, to be able to drop their HTPC.
Finally, it would be great if they included a DVR interface that would allow you to record shows on an external DLNA storage device. This is like what Microsoft Media Center allows, and it would be great if Google did something similar. Dish integration is great if you are a Dish customer, but with all the recent legal battles that Dish is going through, I would never get service from them. I am sure Dish has an exclusivity with Google for some time, but if not, then Google needs to open this up to Direct-TV and Comcast. If all else fails, open up the codec support and provide meta data/cover art for recorded programs I can view form a DNLA device. This will allow me to record what I want, while providing a nice look and information dump as a scroll through the recordings.
A couple of things I noticed that I feel they missed the mark is not integrating USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, and IP Content Noise reduction. Oh well, I guess we can always wish for this in generation 2 of the product.
Regardless, this is a great product and I will probably pick one up, although I would like to see it in an all black case and for $50 dollars cheaper.