ASUS Qube Google TV

Asus spilled the beans on its newest Qube Google TV box earlier today, and now we've got our hands on it. With what we think may be the most interesting design to hit Google TV since... well, ever, the Qube seems promising. As far as the details go, things are a little sparse. We know it's running the current Google TV software with all of the amenities like Chrome and Youtube, and that the Qube will include 50GB of free storage from WebStorage.

Android Central @ CES

Although the unit we got ahold of isn't working, we did get a solid feel for the connectivity options. You've got a full-sized USB port on the right side -- presumably for quick access to plug in drives and other devices -- and everything else is on the back. The back plate sports HDMI in and out -- for TV pass through -- as well as ethernet and another full-sized USB port. An analog in/out jack rounds out the group. The remote is a standard Google TV setup, with a little bit of "Nexus" flare in the coloring. There's also a full QWERTY keyboard on the back that seems to work well, which is important for the browsing-heavy Google TV interface.

Overall ilt seems well built enough, with a striking design to say the least. We're hoping to have more time with the Qube while we're at CES, hopefully with one that is actually hooked up to a TV. For now, take a quick walk through the hardware with us in the video and several more pictures of the Qube after the break.

 

 
There are 29 comments

jdm4u says:

Badass.

is that a microphone on the remote at the top of the asus logo??? are we going to see a version of gnow optimized for google tvs??

garfnodie says:

Could be a mic, could be an ambient light sensor, or could be a proximity sensor, or all of the above. I'm sure we'll find out in due time.

eddiea says:

Yes that is indeed a mic which is used for the Google search feature.

Are you sure that's an Aux-Out? IR blasters use an 1/8 inch jack, also.

vi8p8er says:

The most left hand side jack is actually an IR out and the one furthest to the right side is actually the power DC in jack.

reidoreilly says:

one thing I realized with my sony google tv, which in my opnion has a great remote, is that the qwerty keys need a backlight. Yes, we all know our way around the keyboard without having to look, but things change at 2am on a tiny non standard form while using only your thumbs.

shibumi says:

Amen! This is the reason why my Vizio CoStar remote is basically useless.. no backlight. Oh, and the blue font on a black key doesn't help much either.

( -_-)

EVO28312 says:

If it can play any and all video files in in! Just bought a costar and well dont have to say much about that

EVO28312 says:

If it can play any and all video files in in! Just bought a costar and well dont have to say much about that

gwest1000 says:

I *wish* they would put an analog out on one of these things! Not everyone's stereo has an hdmi in. I might have to get some sort of external usb sound card contraption.

daniel2744 says:

All I know is that I'm getting one when they go on sale.

Timzwombat says:

I loved the idea back when Dlink did it with the boxee box! The only thing it didn't have back then was a better OS. I hope they support it a lot longer than Dlink did with theirs!

liveTexas says:

Are they relying on the hdmi for sound connected to receiver or the set-top box? The Logitech has Terrible digital sound output from the connected set-top box optical to digital receiver through Uverse right now. I'm a bit tainted by this connection (or I need a newer/better receiver ...???).

ChromeJob says:

Eyes on is right. Actually that thumb ready keyboard on the remote is brilliant. Every selling "smart" devices should have that.

Useless without a hard drive and DVR capabilities.

belopsky says:

If only it wasn't a cube and looked "normal" to fit in with all my other things. If a mac mini can be the size it is, so can this.

oube00 says:

Boxee Box ??

movielover76 says:

While I understand that some may like the look of this, it would look horrible in an entertainment center. I thing this design is a result of the fact that they are desperate for a google tv device to really sell well, so they are trying any odd design to make it stand out.

Personally I thi

movielover76 says:

While I understand that some may like the look of this, it would look horrible in an entertainment center. I thing this design is a result of the fact that they are desperate for a google tv device to really sell well, so they are trying any odd design to make it stand out.

Personally I think google tv itself needs work, wrapping it a package they think might appeal to a few is not gonna do it.

movielover76 says:

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Pronixx says:

I really want to try google TV. I think this is the one I will hold out for.

imomperousse says:

Anyone having issues with google tv not playing all types of media should install qloud media, there is an app for the google tv device and an server installation on your pc. It transcodes any file google tv doesn't understand and works great. I have it on my tablet, gnex, and google tv. Works great.

To me the two biggest things that plagues the google tv's is lag...everyone I have bought and tried so far has been laggy. I would pay for the performance of a nexus 10 on a google TV. And the second thing is the lack of video conferencing, where are you skype, where are you google hangout....I should be able to sit on my couch and video conference with my mom so she can see her grandchild without us huddled around a computer or phone.

Forget the name "Qube", if I were to get one of these I would constantly refer to it as "The Allspark".

glazedfaith says:

I'd constantly refer to it as "The Too-Damn-Big-For-What-It-Is-matron". Seriously...what's in this thing that it makes any sense for it to be this big? Apparently NOT a HDD. I understand the "Qube" name doesn't work if it's not cubish, but for god's sake, man! Don't just add empty space to be artistic.

Peter Chen says:

That's exactly my thoughts, ASUS is obsessed with the Transformers movies.

morrisdl says:

Do any google tv devices including this have google hangout (google talk video calling) capabilities yet? If my cellphone can, why not these on the big screen? the mic on the remote would be handy for this too.

Does anyone know if the Asus Qube does 3D? In another video the Asus girl mentions that the Qube has a Marvell Armada 1500 chip which according to the Marvell website can handle 3D, but is a feature included in the Qube? I know the Vizio Co-Star does 3D, but I prefer Asus stuff.

one80oneday says:

The record button has me interested