Google Nexus Q

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Engadget
Score
56

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

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Nexus Q review: Google's mysterious little social streamer

Summary

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

Pros
  • Stunning designHigh-quality audio outputPlenty of connectivity options
Cons
  • Limited functionalityCan only access Google Play contentCan only be controlled by Android devices
Nexus Q review: Google's mysterious little social streamer

When setting up a gadget for review, delicately unboxing and smelling the carcinogenic whiff of freshly molded plastics, we typically feel some amount of excitement and anticipation to see how it stacks up against the competition. It's either that or a resigned sense of duty as we run yet another iterative evolution of this or that laptop through the same benchmarks to see just how this year's model stacks up to the older model now being sold on discount. With the Nexus Q, though, we felt something different altogether: genuine curiosity.

Why? Well, it's a high-end device with a $299 MSRP, a price that's multiple times higher higher than media streamers like the Apple TV, anything from Roku and, indeed, Google's own Google TV. And yet, the Q has considerably less functionality than any of them. Largely because of this, many who witnessed its unveiling at Google I/O were quick to write it off. Despite having our own doubts we pledged to give it a fair swing, a week of solid use at home and with friends. How did it do? Does this high-concept device with high-end componentry make up for some decidedly low-end capabilities? There's only one way to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

56
 

Breakdown

Media support
3.8
Design and form factor
8.2
Ease of use
5.8
Audio quality
8.3
Video quality
6.9
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Specs

Nexus

Type
Audio / video player
Video services
YouTube, Other
Audio services
Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Specs

Nexus

Type
Audio / video player
Video services
YouTube, Other
Audio services
Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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