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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.

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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

 
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Average user Score
 
90
tgarlanger
03.22.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
Idefreeze
01.24.13
The only thing it misses for now is the support of more media/apps. Unfortunately it's a major issue considering it's the only point of this device...
 
60
gcready
10.26.12
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
60
diegofigueroa
10.06.12
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
70
huyennguyen
08.07.12
it's so so but design is good.
 
60
huyennguyen
07.25.12
it's so so.
 
50
romf
07.13.12
The Nexus Q is Google's attempt at providing a "social"-enabled content consumption device. The lack of storage is a deal-breaker -- you cannot save Google Play media for local playback, i.e., you need a fast broadband connection to make it work. In addition, content is limited, at the moment, to the US market.A browser-based interface to configure and manage it would make it perfect specially if you own a Chromebook/Chromebox. Unfortunately, an Android device is required instead. (and oh, the Nexus Q app is limited to US Google Play App store only but not an issue since you can side-load anyway).
 
40
michaelkeating
07.07.12
The Q is a beautifully designed, high-end product for Android users who already own sweet entertainment systems and want a media streamer to match. If you don't have an HDMI television, or a stereo with optical or banana plug connectors, AND an Android device for an interface, you can't use the Q. I use an iPhone and I only just bought a TV with HDMI, so I would not have chosen a Q for streaming. However I have one from Google I/O, and it is such a beautiful object I wanted to try it. Fortunately Google I/O also provided me with an Android device to use it with.So far my experience with it has been mixed. It was fairly straight forward to set up, considering you have to use a TV and an Android to interface with it, though not as straight forward as Apple TV. Once you are configured, there is an ambiguous process by which you can play content you choose on your Android through the Q. It is not entirely clear how the connection between the devices works. Some part Bluetooth, some part NFC, mostly Wi-Fi, and completely counterintuitive. For example, you would think that to play music from the Android, you would open the Q app or you would have a "stream from Q" option in the music player, but it doesn't work like that. Your Android may deign to show you a "beam" icon which will give you this choice. If it does, everything is as expected. But it may not. If you don't see the icon, even when everything is set up, you can't use the Q. Touching the Q with your Android will briefly show you a "Tap to Beam" option (which you will tap but nothing will beam) and then try to get you to download the Q app again. And again. Frustration ensues. Right now the Q is sitting on my console doing nothing and I am trying to decide if I want to bother to get it to work. Google's help forums were characteristically not helpful, but the Q is uncharacteristically elegant looking, even in repose.

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