The second Android TV device to be available directly from Google is also the second Android TV device to be sold, period: the Forge TV from gaming peripheral maker Razer. The Forge TV bundle is now on sale in the Google Store. This $149.99 USD package includes the Forge TV itself and one Serval Bluetooth controller. Oddly, the stand-alone Forge TV (which sells for $100 and requires an Android phone, since it has no remote) isn't listed on the Google Store. It's shipping to the US and Canada.

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The Serval controller is also available as a stand-alone purchase for a whopping $79.99. That's twice the price of the first-party ASUS controller sold alongside the Nexus Player. Like most newer Bluetooth controllers, the Serval also works with Android phones and tablets, and it comes with a MOGA-style phone clip included.

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The Forge TV occupies the middle ground between the Nexus Player and NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV. Its Snapdragon 805 processor is much more powerful than Google's first-party box, but initial customer reviews have been brutal, citing buggy software and incompatibility with major apps like Netflix. The Forge TV currently has a two-star rating on Amazon, and more than half of the reviews rate it 1 out of 5. At the moment the $200 SHIELD looks like a much more appealing option.