Best for: Someone searching for a low-priced, compact player with a QWERTY remote
As television accessories become more Internet-oriented, users are finding themselves having to enter text--usually passwords and searches--into them. A conventional remote control gives you only number and arrow buttons for handling this job, making it an annoying chore. Mobile phone remote-control apps offer an option, but they're not a cure-all.
The two-sided remote of the $110 VBR122 is a great solution. On one side, it's a conventional remote control. Turn it over, however, and you have a QWERTY keyboard. It's a simple, clean approach that works in situations where remote-control apps on a smartphone can't do the job (such as when you need to enter Wi-Fi passwords or Netflix search terms). Vizio doesn't provide iOS or Android remote-control apps--but with this keyboard, you don't need them.
The VBR122 provides a good selection of Internet streaming sources, including Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, a service called Web Videos (which contains various stations and even a local broadcast channel), and three pay-per-view services: Amazon, Blockbuster, and Vudu.
Unfortunately, the VBR122 won't let you play your own videos. And it limits music to MP3 and AAC files, and photos to JPG and PNG.