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Google Nexus Player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 496 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 are impressed by the sound and remote control. The design and price also get good feedback. The durability and size get mixed comments, while 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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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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...

May, 2015

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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.

Apr, 2015

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...

Apr, 2015

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,...

Mar, 2015

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...

Mar, 2015

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Google Nexus Player review - Android TV isn't quite ready


Lots of unfulfilled potential - Android TV on the Nexus Player is seriously lacking in content

Navigating around the user interface is pleasingly responsive, thanks in part to the quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM inside the Nexus Player. We didn't experience any delay or lag even when rapidly jumping between apps. Menus were...

Expert review by : Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (

Review: Google Nexus Player


The Nexus Player is really a container for software, in this case, Lollipop. While some of it feels half-baked right now, I think that we can expect updates to improve the experience and add more compelling functionality in the future.

While a novel attempt at capturing the living room and home theatre space, Nexus Player, like Google TV before it, doesn’t seem ready for primetime.

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Christina Warren (

Google Nexus Player is solid, but fails to stand out from competitors [REVIEW]


The Nexus Player is Google's fourth or fifth attempt at the living room. Does it succeed this time?

Great interface ; Can play games well ; Built-in Chromecast

Voice search only works with Google content ; Small selection of gaming content ; Limited third-party playback apps

The Nexus Player is a decent set-top box but it doesn't have any notable features that make it better than the more robust — and identically priced — Roku 3 or Amazon Fire TV.

Nov, 2014

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.

Nov, 2014

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...

Nov, 2014