Google's Nexus Q is a distinctive looking digital media player capable of streaming music from Google Play and videos from YouTube. The Q connects via Wi-Fi and is controlled through an Android phone or tablet running Gingerbread or higher. It does not store files locally, nor does it stream them directly from a phone, but instead uses Google Play - a cloud music player - as a music library.
The back panel has a micro HDMI port, an Ethernet port, an optical audio output and four banana-plug ports for high-end speakers. In fact, unlike other media players on the market, the Q has 25-watt amplifier and is capable of delivering higher quality audio (provided you have the hardware).
Yet, as many reviewers noted, for $299 the Q is very limited: no access to services like Pandora, no user-interface outside of Android phones and tablets, and software that has been universally panned as buggy. The Q does have one novel feature going for it: other Android users can upload playlists to the Q and combine music from Google Play accounts into a single "party" mix.
Is that worth $300?
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