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ASUS CUBE with Google TV – Interactive Powerful Media Streamer w/ 50 GB Free ASUS WebStorage, Featuring Voice Search & 2-sided Remote w/Mic. QWERTY Keyboard and Motion Sensors

  • Free 50 GB of ASUS WebStorage
  • Latest version of Google TV
  • Quick & Easy User Interface for Apps.
  • Voice Search and PrimeTime Support
  • Do it All Remote
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Google TV

Google TV is an Android-based operating system for Smart TVs—TVs that connect to the Internet as well as to standard set-top devices (DVD / Blu-ray players and DVRs). Can be seen as a transitional device, a way to get rid of the cable subscription.

What google TV can do

Overview

Expand the horizons of your entertainment from the comfort of your couch with the ASUS CUBE with Google TV. Quickly search with Voice Search, whether it's a show or movie title, channel name, or genre or finding your favorite app or website. Even when you don't know what to watch, get recommendations from PrimeTime. With Chrome, YouTube, Google Play, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and more, accessing and finding something entertaining on your big screen has never been easier.

Quickly Find All your Entertainment via Exclusive CUBE UI

Easily find and access all your apps with the specially designed user interface ASUS CUBE with Google TV. Organize and sort your apps into categories such as TV & Movies, Games, Sports, Music, News and Favorites.

Intuitive User Interface
Featuring the Latest of Google TV

With support for voice search and Google TV search, quickly find what you want on live TV, the web, or on-demand services. Expand the reach of your entertainment with Google Play, Chrome and YouTube.

Featuring the latest of Google TV

50GB of WebStorage

Get 50GB of WebStorage free to store and share content across devices. Available on the web, PC and mobile devices, access your stored content anywhere.

Voice Search

Whether you are looking a specific show, channel, app or web content, activate the built-in microphone on the included remote and just say what you are looking for to get results instantly.

PrimeTime

PrimeTime offers a single point of access for live TV and on-demand content. It also provides personalized recommendations. Quickly search and browse live TV and the web for the availability of shows and movies.

Google Play

Google Play offers access to thousands of titles and apps so you can bring the entertainment of your choice to your TV.

Chrome

Access your favorite websites and browse the internet on the big screen with Google Chrome.

YouTube

Watch YouTube in full HD right on your TV. Pair it with your phone or tablet, and send YouTube videos with the touch of a button to the big screen.

Do-It-All Remote

Search, browse, and game with the universal remote. The two-side remote features a two-in-one touch and directional pad, QWERTY keyboard, built-in microphone, and motion sensors.

Do-It-All Remote

Specifications

Specifications
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Learn more about the ASUS CUBE

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
CUBE

General

Type
Digital Media Streamer
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
Wireless

Features

Features
Local playback

Connect to the Internet

Add various of services

Suggest the content

Surf the Internet using web browser

Watch TV shows broadcast over the air

Watch TV shows broadcast connected devices

SOFTWARE
Google TV platform
Exclusive cube user interface
Unlimited online entertainment
Online TV: Netflix, HBO Go and more
YouTube DIAL
Google Chrome
ASUS Webstorage
Mobile Remote

REMOTE
Built-in Gyro sensor
Built-in G-sensor
Built-in microphone
Large touchpad
QWERTY keyboard
Netflix hot-key

Specifications

Ports In
HDMI In port x 1
Ports Out
HDMI Out port x 1
IR Blaster Out port x 1
Specifications
Platform: Honeycomb 3.2

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

USB 2.0 x 2

10/100 Base-T Ethernet port x 1

Dimension: 4.92" x 4.92" x 4.92"
Weight: 520g

Power input rating: 12 V DC, 2A

Power Consumption: 10W

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the ASUS CUBE

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  • Daniel B.
  • 7/8/2013 7:20:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot functional

Pros: Has lots of neat features like Amzon Prime, works with Dish DVR

Cons: Features often do not work. This device isn't stable and requires frequent rebooting. Often the rebooting cycle will lock up and the only way to restore function is to unplug the box.

Other Thoughts: I wish I saved the box to return this.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/23/2013 6:01:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works with Netflix.

Cons: I bought this device to work with HBOGO and XFinity Streaming services. The device worked for about 1 1/2 months then those sites upgraded to a new version of Adobe Flash Player that no longer works with any GoogleTV devices. The device does not support a real version of Google Chrome browser so it is impossible to upgrade to new version of Flashplayer.
Also this device is blocked from streaming any major network sites.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend purchasing this device or any GoogleTV device due to the limited number of sites it currently supports. ASUS will not accept any returns on this product and provides no support on getting the device working with the sites listed above.

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  • Bryan N.
  • 6/22/2013 6:03:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFrustrating

Pros: It has potential, but now is just a paperweight. 3 months and the unit will not even boot up now.

Cons: When the unit was working, the stability of the product was the most frustrating. It would daily need rebooting. It would lose my settings for controlling my satellite receiver on almost a weekly basis. I feel as though ASUS is using defective internal memory in these units.

Other Thoughts: This product feels like it was rushed to production with little developmental cycle. Google TV already feels like a beta product for the public and this unit has caused me nothing but headaches. I wanted to love it because I do enjoy Android products, but the user experience with this device makes you want to take a sledge hammer to it.

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  • RAYMOND A.
  • 6/18/2013 7:47:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot ready for retail market

Pros: It does what it claims ... sometimes.

Cons: I bought this product with two purposes in mind: streaming .iso files (it doesn't) and to bring HBOgo to my tv (which it claims to do).

ASUS has included an abominable remote with this unit. It is so over-sensitive that I have to place it on a heavy book foundation, otherwise the cursor will move off-point when I press enter. This makes signing into HBOgo an exercise in frustration. And sometimes the remote will not recognize @, periods or underscores — all included in my email addy.

On top of that it thinks that several icons, when added to "Favorites" should look like (and appear as) Google Browser icons.

Then there is HBOgo. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't — it just goes to a gray loading screen and sticks there. I had tried the factory reset twice — and still cannot get an HBOgo program to play.

Other Thoughts: I have two ASUS monitors (24" & 27") and a great ASUS mobo, all to ASUS' credit! This ASUS Cube is an abomination — and I'm not sure whether an update (none seen yet) will help!

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  • George S.
  • 5/16/2013 8:57:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLacking access.

Pros: Menu is nicely put together
Small footprint
Direct Ethernet hook up
Chrome internet browser

Cons: No Hulu Plus
No internet access to any major networks ie. CBS, ABC etc..
Remote keyboard will type and then not type, hit or miss
Constantly hitting cursor button and audible search on side

Other Thoughts: Returned for something I can access all my streaming accounts with. I'm sure this will get everything together at some point, just don't want to wait.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

It is unfortunate to hear that you did not like your ASUS Cube. Please know that we are working on improving the user experience and we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns in the future please feel free to contact me at cl-jeremy@asus.com and I will be happy to help in any way that I can.

Regards,
Jeremy
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Bryan N.
  • 5/13/2013 7:59:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice device, just needs some bug fixes

Pros: -Unique design and interface.
-Easy setup up with my Dish satellite receiver.
-Primetime app which learns what I like by me rating movies and tv shows.
-Great file support with built-in movie player that also remembers my network file locations.

Cons: -Current firmware has a few bugs to work out.
-The unique interface is too big when going from Live TV to Home menu, but Open Launcher app fixed that.
-Remote is not ergonomic and D-pad navigation is clumsy.

Other Thoughts: I am using this in my entertainment system with an A/V receiver, Dish DVR, Blu-ray, XBox 360, LG LCD TV. My setup up is everything feeding to the receiver and one HDMI to the TV. I use a single HDMI cable from the receiver to the TV and control the system from one universal remote. This device requires me to now use 2 remotes for my system. I did find a workaround to let me use my universal to control this, but the average user will be frustrated trying to control this or having this try to control other devices.

This is a great little device and most of the cons can be worked out with software updates. I also think they should have correctly labeled IR blaster as IR emitter to avoid confusion and provided a dual IR emitter in the box.

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  • Michael F.
  • 5/9/2013 2:47:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice try, but...

Pros: Once it is updated to Google TV 3 it has a nice enough interface, and it is pretty responsive. I like the HDMI pass-through for the TV with limited HDMI ports, and I can PnP the TV and check something out online in the background. Noiseless is a plus.

Cons: The first unit would shut down randomly when playing video. It didn't matter what type or the source. Since I bought it primarily for streaming this was a major issue. I RMA'd it for another, hoping that it was a one time problem. The new one arrived today, and it seems to have the same problem, only worse. Now it shuts off even when installing from the Google Play Store. I plan to send this one back for the refund.

Other Thoughts: I am a fan of Android powered devices, as it has virtually unlimited potential. That potential has been limited only by the hardware abilities. As a 20 year IT professional, I am disappointed in this model.
I would love to see what this could be, could have been if the shut off problem did not occur. With the exception of having a handy remote, my old Droid 3 can do about the same things and do it better.
If Asus can address this issue, and the other design issues mentioned by other reviewers (button location, IR blaster, no side IR for typing on the remote) in a V2.0 of the Cube, then I will take another look at it.
In the meantime, I'll stick with my LG ST-600.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear MrPeabody,

I am sorry that you didn't have a good experience with your ASUS Cube. We are working on some of the issues you have brought up and do plan on releasing firmware updates to correct some of the problems. I apologize if you felt that you had to return your device, but please feel free to contact me in the future if you have any questions. You can reach me at cl-jeremy@asus.com and I will be happy to help in any way that I can.

Regards,
Jeremy
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/8/2013 7:51:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsMuch better than expectation

Pros: Cool interface, easy to categorize

Voice to skip typing

Primetime works good

Built in media players

Cons: IR blaster is weak, with short distance

No back light on the remote

Too easy to trigger the voice button

Other Thoughts: Not that easy to navigate the browser, why not use air mouse instead?
I did try my own IR blaster with Cube, works much better than the one inside the box. It's good to know not only the cable inside the box works.

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  • Kyle P.
  • 5/7/2013 1:31:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCool But Needs Work

Pros: Google Chrome on TV - enjoy reading the BBC website in the AM with a cup of coffee.

Controlling Tversity UPnP software to stream music and view digital pictures from home server (using 2player app).

Video streaming apps on Google Play to watch TV shows (1channel TV).

Google play app to stream shows for non-English speaking in-laws! (FilmOnLive TV)

Like the Genre TV Guide interface - makes finding a show easier than the cable TV guide.

Cursor control works well - easy to select stuff.

Voice search works well for me.

Cons: I really dislike the voice search button on the side that accidentally gets pushed all the time. There needs to be a way to disable that considering there is another voice search button on the front of the remote.

The inability to control all home theater equipment with one remote. Before buying this I had a Logitech universal remote that could control everything and thus the reality of one remote that could do everything is now over. Now that it's necessary to use two remotes instead of one -- the Google TV device has added a new layer of complexity to the home entertainment system. Not sure if the wife will ever watch TV again unless I am there to help her because she is non-technical when it comes to this sort of stuff! Devices like this in my opinion should simplify things.

Several instances where the Cube says its connected to WIFI but in reality it's not and you have to re-set the connection. Again, this will make non-technical users toss the device in the trash, send it back, etc.

Locks up occasionally and has to be power cycled.

Virtually no games available now.

The more I use the remote the more I find it awkward. I have to constantly flip it over and over to do stuff. There are arrow keys on the front of the control but they either do not work or I have not developed the touch to use them properly. That makes me flip to the back side of the remote to use the direction arrow keys. When I try to use the front arrow keys I end up selecting an item - not moving up, down, right or left on selected items. Do you use a remote that feels like it's a part of your hand? Well, this is NOT that remote.

Does feel under powered. Live TV program guide slow to display.

Took many hours to setup program guide for TV. Had to de-select all the channels that show up in the guide but I cannot watch since you have not paid for them. I used a print out of the channels I pay for to do this. However, of the channels I do get many are in both regular resolution and HD. The HD ones are not listed in my program listing from the cable channel. Big headache.

Other Thoughts: I am keeping it because of the streaming apps, especially the one that will allow the in-laws to view programs in their native language, and the video streaming app that allows me to view programs I otherwise would not have access to view. Plus, the ability to use Google chrome on the TV and the ability to pick TV shows easily based on genre is another reason I am moving forward with the device.

If you already own a Playstation you might want to compare its capabilities to what you expect to get out of the ASUS Cube. You may find that you already can do what you want with the Playstation and do not need the Cube. For example, I mentioned the ability to attach to my Tversity UPnP software to stream music from my home server as a plus to the Cube. The Playstation already has this capability and the software included with the Playstation is excellent.

In final analysis, I am going to try to make this device work but I have my doubts if it will. If all you want to do is watch Netflix, listen to Pandora, watch Hulu streaming movies, you absolutely do not need this. In that case get a low cost media streamer like the WD TV Live plus. The best benefit to a streamer like the WD Live or others similar to it on the market is that you can use a Universal remote that ergonomically fits in your hand to easily control all you media devices - including the media streamer. The Cube's strength is its ability to provide internet access on the TV via the Chrome browser, the ability to use apps from the Google Play Market, and the ability to stream video content of TV shows and in my case content in other languages. However, if the device makes it too hard for the wife and kids to watch TV then it's probably going to fail in this house. Remember the day when you could mash a button and watch TV?

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  • Ryan M.
  • 5/7/2013 8:57:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFirst Google TV device, excitement has gone to frustration...

Pros: 1. Netflix button on the remote. Easy peasy. No having to go into menus to find it, it’s right there.

2. Google TV Remote app for smartphones and tablets. As a geek, it’s pretty awesome. There’s buttons that the real remote doesn't have, which makes me use my phone that much more. (Didn't think that was possible.)

3. Mic control in the remote to control the Cube, but can be picky.

4. QWERTY keyboard is nice, but takes getting used to. If this wasn’t there, browsing the web/setup etc would be a major PIA.

5. Renting/Buying movies from Google Movies/TV (obviously).

6. Nice design and connector location.

7. Software is decent, navigation could be better but isn't terrible, definitely could be better.

Cons: 1. The Cube to DVR “connection” seems to work about 80% of the time, and this is by far the most annoying “quirk” I deal with. I’ve had to, at least 3 times a week, re-program the Cube to connect back to the DVR. What happens is I try to turn on the DVR with the Cube remote, nothing happens. I try to hit Guide to display the programming guide, it errors out stating that it cannot update due to “possible network issues”, which is complete bull-shine as I know it’s connected (see #2 below). Turning the Cube/DVR/TV off and on again doesn’t fix this. I have to go into the Cube’s Settings to re-enter my DVR make/model. I’ve done this at LEAST 6 times already.

Another sign that the Cube needs re-programming to the DVR is no sound on any channel, even after a hard shutdown and reboot of everything (Cube/DVR/TV).

2. Every time I turn on the device, I have to go into Settings and adjust the network time even though the checkbox for Network Time is checked. I have to uncheck then re-check it for the date/time to be correct. If I don’t, it’s WAY off. This happens every time I turn on the device. I’ve tried wireless, and the same thing happens. Other devices in my apartment (2 Nexus 7 tablets, 2 smart phones, PS3 (also wired connection), desktop Dell PC connecting via wireless) do not have this issue with keeping network time, only the Cube.

The solution would be to manually set the time…ugh really. I guess that’s what has to be done until this can be addressed, as I assume it’s a bug.

3. Device shut off time. What is the deal here?! Sometimes it can take 10 seconds, and others (like last night) took over 1 hour! You read that right. I’ve tried leaving the DVR on, turning it off, leaving the TV on, turning it off…every combination I can think of and no pattern can be found. Last night I had to unplug the AC power from the device to shut it off, it probably would’ve gone much longer than 1 hour if I didn’t do that.

4. One IR Blaster. Big disappointment. The range is ~3 inches. How exactly can I turn off both my TV and DVR with one remote now? I physically cannot put these two devices that close to each other. So now I have to purchase another IR Blaster and a Y-cable adapter to do this.

5. No HDMI cable included. While not a deal-breaker, paying $140 should get you a small “inexpensive” HDMI cable. At least you get good batteries for the remote.

Other Thoughts: CONS Part 2:

6. The Remote. No Exit button or Recall button. The Back button is okay, but shouldn't be responsible for these functions. The Google TV app for my S3 has a Recall and ESC button, so shouldn't the real remote have this too? The Pointer and Voice control buttons on the right side are not ideal for a right-handed user. I am constantly hitting them unintentionally, so I guess this is Asus’ way of telling me to “become ambidextrous”. Insert joke about switching hands here. On top of this, there’s a Mic button next to Guide, which seems to do the same thing…why isn't this used for something useful, like Recall or Exit?! I don’t need two Mic buttons.

I had to program the Blue and Yellow buttons for Page Up/Down. The Channel scroll doesn't work with our DVR. It just switches channels, no scroll, when using the Guide.

Where is the Source or Input button???

7. When Asus tells you in the instructions that setup is ~20 minutes, they mean 45 minutes to 1 hour. I’m very tech savvy, granted this is my first Google TV device, but I cannot imagine someone who has very little tech savviness trying to set this device up. In order to get the device to properly recognize the Charter Motorola DCX3501M, I had to do the System Update to v3.2. If that didn't fix it, I can honestly say I would’ve packed it back up and returned it.

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