It's been nearly two years since Google unveiled its flop of a streaming media player, the Logitech Revue. After a lengthy hiatus from the spotlight, Google TV is back to take the stage. Its lead actor? The ironically-named Vizio Coaster Co-Star.

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  1. Providing the market with a $99 answer to the Apple TV (also $99), the Vizio Co-Star brings a refreshing reincarnation of Google TV to the world of set-top boxes.
    • Providing the market with a $99 answer to the Apple TV (also $99), the Vizio Co-Star brings a refreshing reincarnation of Google TV to the world of set-top boxes.

    • Notable tech specs:

      • Google TV platform

      • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled

      • Hot buttons for Amazon, Netflix, and M-Go

      • 720p, 1080i, and 1080p resolution support

      • MP3, AAC, and WMA audio playback

      • Universal QWERTY remote with trackpad

  2. The rear side of the Vizio Co-Star includes an impressive lineup:
    • The rear side of the Vizio Co-Star includes an impressive lineup:

      • USB 2.0 port

      • HDMI-In port

      • HDMI-Out port

      • Ethernet port

      • DC-In Power port

    • On the bottom we see the reset switch and four suspicious-looking rubber feet.

    • A little prying around the edge with a plastic opening tool, and we've got the bottom panel free.

    • Comparatively speaking, the Apple TV required two metal spudgers to open, as opposed to a single plastic opening tool here. No need to split hairs; they're both easy to open up, and we love it.

    • We pull off what looks like an EMI shield only to find a thermal pad sitting on top of a sea of small resistors.

    • It's not often that we encounter cooling for the back side of a motherboard, but Vizio took extra precautions as this Co-Star has no fans.

    • The only thing standing between us and the motherboard are some screws and two connectors. Say hello to our little friend!

    • For those of you tuning in at home, a grand total of five screws and two cables must be removed once inside the device to free the motherboard. That's going to give the Co-Star a nice ratings boost.

    • And here comes the Co-Star's motherboard strolling down the red carpet:

    • We're used to the innards of devices being dominated by a single component, but those space hogs are usually batteries or power supplies.

      • Over a third of the real estate in the Co-Star is inhabited by the aluminum heat sink.

    • You may be asking yourself why the Co-Star has such a huge heat sink?

    • The answer lies in air movement. Without fans to circulate air, there is no forced convection. Therefore, the Co-Star must rely on conduction and natural convection to keep the processor cool.

    • We remove an additional board to reveal a whole lot of nothin' underneath.

    • The board houses the USB port and, well, nothing else.

    • We use our always-trusty spudger to disconnect the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antenna cables from the wireless board.

    • A Marvell Avastar 88W8787 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip SoC brings life to what would otherwise be a very bland and boring board.

    • A plastic opening tool and a steady hand are all we need to separate the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antennas from the Co-Star's lower case.

    • This antenna cable is too short.

    • This antenna cable is too long.

    • This antenna cable is just right!

    • That's pretty much it for the Co-Star, but we do like to do a thorough teardown here at iFixit, so we took a quick look at this flashy silver bezel. It sadly revealed nothing more than a flashy silver bezel.

    • Modders, take note: the bezel comes off easily and would probably look pretty slick when painted neon green.

    • Just like the Boxee Box, the Co-Star comes with a neat two-sided remote.

    • Unlike the Boxee Box though, this Vizio controller is universal and features a touch-sensitive trackpad. Point, Co-Star.

    • As a finishing touch, the Co-Star remote has ABXY buttons and a directional pad for OnLive gaming. Not only is that an incredibly unique feature, it gets us all nostalgic and stuff.

    • The battery tray comes right out, but this isn't much of a surprise. How often did you try to "fix" your TV remote by pulling out the old batteries and just switching them around?

    • A pair of AA batteries were included for the remote. That's a legitimate selling point right there.

    • Here's another opportunity for the modders out there. How cool would it be to have a neon green keyboard bezel to match your Co-Star?

    • Whether you're painting it or not, the bezel pries off the keyboard quite easily.

    • Following suit, the rubber button cover peels off without a problem.

      • Since the button cover and the bezel are the components that usually get the dirtiest, it's great they are easy to remove.

    • Buttons on both sides mean lots of data transfer. Luckily, the data cable slides out from connectors on both PCBs.

    • The Co-Star's remote looks to be as easy to take apart as the media player itself.

      • Once again, this isn't really a surprise. Remotes, unlike smartphones or laptops, aren't subject to strict space constraints.

    • The keyboard backer sports a couple of ICs:

      • Maxim MAXQ610 16-bit Microcontroller with Infrared Module

      • Broadcom BCM20733 Human Interface Device Bluetooth 3.0 single chip

    • A few Phillips #0 screws and some prying and the lower case of the remote is gone. See ya!

    • With the case removed, we learn the screws were pulling double duty and holding the motherboard in place.

    • Yoink!

    • We grab a handy pair of tweezers and gently pluck out the trackpad data cable before removing the other board.

    • This board is powered by a Renesas R5F2133 16-bit microcontroller.

    • No flash photography, please, but this PCB does host the two IR blasters, with one conveniently on the side for the QWERTY keyboard.

    • Peeling back the remote's keypad is as easy as peeling a banana. Underneath is the capacitive touch trackpad.

    • A lot of strong adhesive is used to hold this board in place.

      • If this comes loose, your movie night will be gone with the wind, hence the generous amount of adhesive.

    • Excess adhesive usually doesn't get in our way. With a little bit of patience, our iFixit guitar picks, and a spudger, we free the trackpad from the frame.

    • The trackpad is controlled by the popular Synaptics T1021A Touch Controller, also used in the Logitech Revue.

    • Which reminds us, it's time to revue the Vizio Co-Star's repairability.

    • Vizio Co-Star Repairability: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

      • The outer case only requires a little bit of prying with a plastic opening tool to open.

      • The only screws used in the Co-Star are standard Phillips #0.

      • Most of the components are easily accessible and thus easily replaced in case of failure.

      • Removing the remote's QWERTY keypad is painless, making regular cleaning a relatively simple task.

      • An abundance of glue securing the trackpad to the front of the remote makes removal difficult.

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I have an inquiry not so much related to fixing procedures but to functionality. The important question for me is, if it is compatible with Apple Mountain Lion-based computer equipment? I had a Western Digital WDTV Live Plus I recently sold on auction because Apple mucked around with the network layer stack, or some unfamiliar jargon like that as explain a while back by WD support staff. Other then that, if the Vizio Co-Star does functionally work similar to an Apple TV, but provides greater connectivity in home network with Apple computers and more versatility in video codec playback I may want to get one of these.

Thanks for the guide teardown. You folks do a terrific job at ifixit.

Jerry - Réponse

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