ASUS Nexus Player
The Nexus Player is a great, if imperfect, introductory showcase for Android TV. It doesn't have an Ethernet port and suffers from a few bugs, but Android TV's simple interface, intelligent voice search and Google Cast abilities more than make up for it.
- Voice search is simple and intuitive
- Simple card-based interface
- Google Cast gives it Chromecast-like features
- Limited storage
- Search results are limited to Google-related content sources
- Buggy software
- Chintzy remote
- No Ethernet port
- Critic Reviews (7)
- User Reviews (3)
- 69AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE7 ReviewsTom's Guide60Google Nexus Player Review: Tune in to Android TVThe Google Nexus Player performs well and delivers a good combination of content and games, but it needs more apps.Gizmodo70Nexus Player Review: Android TV Isn't Ready For PrDo you like being on the bleeding edge of technology so much that you will pay for something that's broken and hope that it improves? Even then, the Nexus Player is a hard sell.Engadget80Google Nexus Player review: a strong, but flawed, introduction to Android TVThe Nexus Player is a great, if imperfect, introductory showcase for Android TV. It doesn't have an Ethernet port and suffers from a few bugs, but Android TV's simple interface, intelligent voice search and Google Cast abilities more than makes up for it.TechHive70Nexus Player review: Googleâ€™s third attempt at TGoogle finally gets the TV box right with the Nexus Player, but it needs a lot of help from developers to reach its full potential.SlashGear60Nexus Player Review â€“ Android TVâ€™s awkward debAndroid TV is ambitious, certainly, but it’s also flawed in a number of ways. It’s too early for the voice search to be genuinely useful unless you buy your content solely from Google Play, and beyond it the basics of navigation can be annoying.The Verge80Google Nexus Player reviewIt’s a glimpse at a different, more palatable future than Google TV ever offered. It may maybe even the actual future — Sony and Samsung are already signed on to make Android TV their smart TV platform — but it’s not a terribly compelling purchase right now.Business Insider60Googleâ€™s New TV Box, While Beautiful, Is Far FroSwitch out Amazon’s various platforms and stores with Google’s, and you’ve got the Nexus Player. But unless you plan on doing a lot of mobile gaming on your TV, your $99 would be much better spent on an Apple TV or Roku, which are simpler, easier to use, and more stable than rival services.
- 70AVERAGE USER SCORE3 ReviewsEngadget Reader70August 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I got this mostly for Android gaming on a TV and as a second device to cast to after my Chromecast. I was expecting more of a stock android experience, just with a mouse instead of a touchscreen. Out of the box it's closer to a Roku or Apple TV than an "Android PC", and FAR fewer games are compatible with it than I hoped. I expect touch-based games to be incompatible, but for shooters and point-and-click games there's really no excuse. I think the Intel CPU hurts compatibility a lot, as I think a lot of games use the ARM NDK for speed. You can side-load anything that the Play Store says won't work, but you roll the dice. For example, Geometry Wars just crashes out instantly. Plasma Sky runs great... except only in portrait mode. The number of games accessible from the Play Store on the device is surprisingly small. What's more, the arrows and Select button on the remote don't map to the same thing as what they would if you plugged in a USB controller, so using the remote as a controller for anything other than the main UI or approved apps is pretty unlikely.You CAN, however, plug a USB-OTG hub into the micro-USB port. Amazon sells one with a built-in ethernet port as well and it is completely plug-and-play. So you can have wired ethernet and USB keyboard/mouse/game controller on this device if you want and they all work. It's just that most apps don't expect it and there you are.My plan is to try a 3rd party AOSP-style ROM that more closely resembles what you'd get on one of those Android-PC boxes. It won't help with the Intel problem, but might get me closer to what I was looking for. I was looking for Android first, STB second. Out of the box this is the other way around, but it is fast and does its intended function (being a media outlet) well.Engadget Reader80March 15, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60December 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This device is clearly incomplete. Android TV will be great someday assuming it catches on and google continues to support it. The lack of apps is terrible. Vudu, Amazon instant video, Watchespn, and many of the important big names are missing. Sure many of these are cast capable but i didn't buy a Chromecast. With that being said I love the casting ability and I am very glad it has it. The hardware is great so far. I am not much of gamer so if you are buying this for games this is not the review for you. But the hardware is clearly capable to stream video and cast anything with ease. It also has plenty of power to run android TV. I do believe it needs an Ethernet port but that is up for debate. Android TV is really the biggest let down. The software is not primetime ready. It has hiccups and stutters every so often but generally runs smooth. The layout is clean and simple. In fact the UI is really great in the segment. However, it needs apps. The ui can be fantastic but with out centent its useless. Big names are missing and need to be present for android TV to be relevant. However it does have full cast capabilities. That is really its saving grace. The search feature is great. I love how built in it is and how voice centered it is. However non google apps need to be included in the search. When I search for a title all of my options need to be available. Overall this product will be worthwhile in 6 months to a year when app developers gave jumped on board and google has smoothed out the software features. Until then just get a roku.