CES 2013: ASUS’ Google TV Device is the Cube-shaped “Qube”
Posted on January 9, 2013 8:50 AM by Rob Williams
As we posted about last week, a handful of companies at CES are unveiling their latest Google TV products, and some are even showing off their first. One such company is ASUS, with its “Qube” set-top box. It takes nothing more than a quick look at the photo below to understand exactly why ASUS went with such a name – and let’s be realistic, “Cube” isn’t too interesting.
Set to sell at $150, ASUS’ Qube is a bit more expensive than competing products, and at the moment, we’re not exactly sure if it’s warranted or not. Despite being unveiled at the show, details are surprisingly vague. Engadget reports that the device will ship with 50GB of “cloud” storage, though nowadays that isn’t too much of a surprise. At this point, a light bulb company could offer cloud storage and I couldn’t bat an eyelash. Regardless, cloud storage is nothing new to ASUS, and the company, like many others, are highly interested in ramping things up.
At the moment, there are no screenshots of the UI to be had, and it seems that those people who did see it, simply don’t exist. So, we’ll have to wait on that. What I do hope to see from Qube is essentially a media-player + Google TV in one, in that you can play any of your own content and then enjoy all that Google TV offers. Nowadays, finding a proper “all-in-one” device is difficult so it’s nice when one comes along that truly does bleed functionality. Of course, it’s not companies like ASUS that are at fault here, but rather the content makers and owners.