Originally Posted by copotica
How could you possibly compare a Roku Player to the features of the Co-Star!?
First off, the Co-Star has an Ethernet port the Roku does not, and if you want any type of decent streaming, Ethernet blows wi-fi away any day of the week. The Roku, or any Wi-fi streamer can, at best, stream 720p, theoretically it could do 1080p, but good luck with that.. The Vizio Co-Star, over Ethernet can stream Full HD 1080p! Plus the Co-Star has wi-fi if you don't know how to run a simple Ethernet cable.
The Co-Star has a remote control that has a keyboard and touchpad! Plus you don't have to change TV Inputs on the Co-Star to bring up its menu's, everything is displayed right on what your currently watching! Then there's Google TV, Internet with flash, Play Store, Games, hopefully soon XBMC.
You say you saved $50 with a Roku? I'm sorry, but with Roku's pathetic features compared to a $100 Co-Star, you unfortunately got ripped off.
Wow, Ethernet is better than Wi-Fi? Thanks for letting us know that!
Come on man, in this day and age, with Wireless N pretty much the norm, more people are doing Wi-Fi streaming and not having performance issues. We have the Vizio Co-Star in our upstairs bedroom, where our Dish DVR is, and we don't have wiring in there for Ethernet. That said, in that room we have an XBOX 360, connected via Wi-Fi that works PERFECTLY, even in online gaming, and streams like a champ, with the little $50 wireless N adapter that Microsoft makes for it. Why can't Vizio, in a box designed with streaming and Wi-Fi obviously in mind, make it connect as well? The reception is not only weak, it is quite weak, weaker than my PS Vita, IPad, and XBOX 360. Something is amiss with the Wi-Fi on this thing, it almost seems unstable, like it can't hold a fast connection.
Anyway, yeah, it's got a keyboard and touchpad!!!!! But for all it's features, the guy might be happier with the Roku because it works and streams like a pro. That says something to me.
I'm sticking it out with this device and I'm optimistic it improves substantially, but it's a bit disappointing that a device this hyped up by Vizio, is a little bit of a letdown.