ASUS Cube

74
Engadget
Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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ASUS Cube Google TV review

Summary

It's the best Google TV set-top box yet, at a reasonable price.

from $79.99+
Pros
  • Mic built into the remote for voice search
  • Good implementation of Google TV
  • Solid trackpad on the remote
Cons
  • A Cube doesn't fit well in a home theater
  • Limited audio and video outputs
  • The Cube user interface isn't great
ASUS Cube Google TV review

The past year has been a busy one for Google TV -- in fact, with the big I/O conference right around the corner, we're sitting down to review our fifth such device in the past 12 months. The ASUS Cube naturally does everything one would expect from a Google TV set-top box, but it also has a few tricks of its own, like a mic for voice search and a unique "Cube" main menu interface. At $139, it's priced just above the Vizio Co-Star and far below the Sony NSZ-G57. So how does it stack up? Let's see.

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Scores

Engadget

74
 

Users

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Breakdown

Video quality
8.0
Design and form factor
7.3
Ease of use
6.9
Media support
7.7
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Specs

Cube

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Last.fm, Napster, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
WiFi
yes
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Specs

Cube

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Last.fm, Napster, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
WiFi
yes
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User

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No price available
85

Chromecast Audio

Engadget

85
 

Critic

8.4
 

User

10
 
No price available
89

Apple TV

Engadget

89
 

Critic

8.1
 

User

Not yet scored
 
No price available
86

Engadget

86
 

Critic

8.6
 

User

Not yet scored
 
Starting at
$119.88
Requires Contract
84

Shield Android TV

Engadget

84
 

Critic

7.6
 

User

Not yet scored
 
Starting at
$199.99
Requires Contract

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