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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 products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the sound and remote control. The design and price also get good feedback. Opinions about the durability and size are mixed, and 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 products in the same category the Google Nexus Player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Sean Hollister , Gawker Media (

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


Expert review by : Nicole Lee (

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.


Expert review by : Caleb Denison (

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...


Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (

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...


Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Nexus Player review: A first step in Android TV


The Nexus Player is Google's set-top box. Built by Asus and announced alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 , the Nexus Player brings Android Lollipop to your TV. Nexus Player is an oddity. It's a method for adding Android TV to an existing television set,...

Easy to connect, fluid and easy-to-use interface, a natural choice for Google Play users, supports Google Cast

Lack of app compatibility, lacks UK catch-up TV services, smartphone app feels like a missed opportunity, lack of multiple user or account support

Nexus Player is an oddity. It's a method for adding Android TV to an existing television set, but it doesn't bring a huge amount with it for UK users. It's neither a full TV offering, nor a full set of catch-up TV services. It isn't a bristling array...


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Google Nexus Player review


Android TV has landed, but this is far from the smoothest of arrivals

Slick interface ; Speedy operation ; It's also a Chromecast

Massive lack of apps ; Too little storage if you're going to use it for games ; Doesn't do enough that the Chromecast doesn't already do

The Nexus Player’s good ideas are outweighed by the current lack of content.


Expert review by : Chris Davies (

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...


Expert review by : Jim Martin (

Google Nexus Player review UK


Media streamers used to boast about their vast support for different file formats, but these days it's all about the content you can get online. No longer do you need your own local video library: you just search for anything you like and start...

The Nexus Player is a decent media streamer, but it’s not an unqualified success. It’s only truly good if you’re pairing it with an Android phone or tablet in order to stream a much wider selection of content. However, if you only want to do that, you...


Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Google Nexus Player Review


We review Google's Nexus Player, a new set-top box to rival the likes of Amazon Fire TV - but is this a smart TV device too many?

Simple UI ; Controller support ; Slick design

Limited third party support ; Lacking in games

Google’s Nexus Player is nicely designed and simple to use, affording Google Play fans full and easy access to their purchased media. However, the immediate lack of support for third-party services and limited games selection make it a tough recommend,...


Expert review by : Ashleigh Allsopp (

Google Nexus Player vs Apple TV comparison


The Nexus Player has been available in the US from 3 November, and is making its way to the UK this week. We can't wait to get our hands on the device for thorough testing, but in the meantime we are comparing the two based on information provided to...

The Nexus Player is an exciting entry into the media streaming space, and we think it's going to be a very popular product, particularly for those already using Android devices. We hope that it prompts Apple to update its old and outdated Apple TV, but...