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Google Nexus Player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 493 reviews of Google Nexus Player. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and remote control. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the durability and size are mixed. Some have doubts about the connectivity and energy efficiency.

usability, price, design, remote control, sound

reliability, energy, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Google Nexus Player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Nicole Lee (engadget.com)

Google Nexus Player review: a strong, but flawed, introduction to Android TV

 

Google has been trying to get into the living room for a long time, but it hasn't always worked out. The Google TV platform it launched four years ago ne

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

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.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Caleb Denison (digitaltrends.com)

Google Nexus Player by Asus review

 

The Nexus Player, in its present form, is too much of a disappointment to rush out and buy right away, but it has great potential.

When the Amazon Fire TV first came out, we thought app support was a little light, but held out hope that the situation would change. It did, and it did so quickly. These days, we enjoy our Amazon Fire TV box quite a bit, and our kids enjoy it even...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (wired.com)

Review: Nexus Player Google

 

The $99 Nexus Player, the first set-top streamer to run Android TV, offers novel features for a big-screen platform. It's a work in progress, but a very promising one.

Excellent voice-search performance. Simple, elegant on-screen interface and remote control. Seamless integration with YouTube may make you forget about apps. Replicates the functionality of Chromecast, so you can mirror content from your mobile device...

Doesn’t have nearly as many apps as Roku. Doesn’t come with an HDMI cable. Won’t appeal as much to those who don’t use Android devices or Google services. While the Android TV platform is very promising, it may be best to wait for its app ecosystem to...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

 

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most...

Android 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. Some...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Greg Morris (techaeris.com)

Nexus Player Review: Android TV In A Little Black Disc

 

After taking over 80% of the smartphone market, grabbing a chunk of the tablet market, and pretty much becoming the front page of the Internet, Google have taken aim at the TV. They did so first with a cheap dongle, the Chromecast, that sold...

Mute and understated design, easy set up, voice search a doddle

No multitasking other than Google apps, huge power plug, lack of apps

Android TV is a major step in the right direction, but unless you want to be an early adopter stay clear until there is better hardware.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: John V. (phonearena.com)

Google Nexus Player Review

 

There are smartphones, there are full-blown home consoles, and then there are the hordes of other streaming media products that occupy that hazy middle section. That may be what the new Google Nexus Player might be from a cursory look, a puck shaped...

Combination of media streaming services and console gaming ; Gamepad’s layout is similar to your traditional controller ; Interface is pretty slick looking and intuitive ; Voice search works pretty accurately

100 ($140 with a gamepad) cost is rather pricey ; Limited storage means you’ll need to be selective in what you download ; Selection of apps and games are limited for the time being

Honestly, we find the Google Nexus Player in a tough spot with its expensive price of $99.99 – and that’s only for the Nexus Player by itself. If you plan on playing some real games, not just the ones meant for the remote, you’ll need to shell out...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Brian Burgess (gizmag.com)

Review: Google's Nexus Player

 

Google's attempts to stake its claim in the living room have been a little hit and miss. Google TV didn't exactly get things rolling the way Google would have hoped, and the Nexus Q slated for a 2012 release never eventuated. But it had better luck...

Flip the Nexus Player over and you'll see three ports, one for power, one HDMI, and a microUSB port that is only for developer use – similar to the Fire TV, which has a standard USB port that you currently can't use. But one glaring omission is the...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: (androidcentral.com)

Nexus Player review

 

Android TV arrives with an impressive but imperfect first effort The living room has been a tough nut to crack — for any company, not just Google. Cable companies generally don't want outsiders playing in their sandbox. That and the underpowered and...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Brad Linder (liliputing.com)

Google Nexus Player Android TV box review

 

The is a $99 box you connect to a TV to stream movies and music from the internet, play video games, and run other apps on your TV. It's basically Google's answer to the Apple TV, Roku, and other devices designed to make your TV “smart.”

There are still some unanswered questions about the Android TV platform: will anyone

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (gizmodo.com)

Nexus Player Review: Android TV Isn't Ready For Primetime

 

Android TV is exciting. It's beautiful. The idea makes sense. And you should probably steer clear till Google gets its shit together. Until it does, the $100 Nexus Player just isn't a good buy.

Nov, 2014