A Nexus Q replacement it is not, but the ASUS Qube offers an interesting take on the Android-based Google TV. We had a chance to check out the new hardware at ASUS’ suite in the Trump Tower here in Las Vegas as part of CES, and while the user interface might take some getting used to the Qube would be right at home in our living rooms.
Priced at $130 for a launch later in Q1, the Qube is a bit more expensive than its closest rival, the Vizio Co-Star. Both devices feature similar hardware and include a two-sided remote with touchpad and TV controls on the front and a full QWERTY keyboard on the rear. Where ASUS differentiates their product is in the unique user interface that translates the cube theme to Google TV’s navigation menu.
You still have access to everything you expect, including enhanced TV listings, the Google Play Store, apps such as Netflix, and the ability to search your channel guide (in this case, the Qube even offers voice search via the remote). Want to watch “The Simpsons?” Just ask.
The ASUS Qube takes a bold approach to a stale Google TV platform, so give it credit for that at the very least. But we suspect once users get accustomed to the experience it could rank as one of the best Google TV boxes on the market.
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