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56 Engadget Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
56

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Google's curious little media streamer is a beauty to behold but offers an unfortunate combination of high price and limited functionality.

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56 Engadget Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
56

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

56
 

User Reviews

90
tgarlanger
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
Idefreeze
The only thing it misses for now is the support of more media/apps. Unfortunately...read more
60
gcready
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
56
Average Critic Score
 
50
CNET
The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.
 
50
Wired
So, what does the Nexus Q compete with? Nothing, really. At least nothing that’s available on the shelves right now. It’s an entirely unique product made for a very narrow audience, and its limitations will likely prevent it from succeeding as a consumer device.
 
60
Mashable
The Q isn’t on sale just yet, and that’s probably a really good thing. In its current form the software is too buggy to make it worth using at all, much less shelling out $300 for.
 
40
PC Mag
Google's Nexus Q is a good-looking media hub, but its meager app selection and reliance on Android devices don't come close to justifying its high price.
 
50
Gizmodo
For everybody else, this would be a cool novelty item (or it will be if once the bugs are worked out), but most people aren't going to pay that much for a novelty item. If Google can add more features and cut the price down, then it just might be impulse-buyable. Until then, this is a pass.
 
70
Geek.com
I don’t see the Nexus Q flying off the shelves anytime soon, but I can certainly see the potential in a device like this, and look forward to seeing what I consider to be a new approach at taking on the TV.
 
50
New York Times
Google must have bigger plans for this thing. It’s wildly overbuilt for its incredibly limited functions, and far too expensive. For now, I can think of only one class of customer who should consider buying the black Nexus Q sphere: people whose living rooms are dominated by bowling-ball collections.
 
90
SlashGear
With this device you’ve got an Apple TV for nearly every single Android device on the market, and since it is a Nexus device, Google has in so many words encouraged us to hack it ... Will people buy it at $299? That’s a different story entirely.
 
50
TechRadar
Currently, there are so many other devices that do exactly what you'd expect the Nexus Q to do, stream the media content that you currently consume, for much less money.
 
70
Engadget
Google's curious little media streamer is a beauty to behold but offers an unfortunate combination of high price and limited functionality.

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