Nexus Q Teardown: Not as All-American as You Think

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Last week Google announced the strange-looking Nexus Q: a media streamer built by Americans for... well, we're not exactly sure who it's for. But iFixit has taken a look inside, and it's not quite the all-American Google might have you think.

Perhaps that's not surprising: it's packed with circuitry, and it would be almost impossible to build a unit for $300 without relying on some Asian parts. Actually, the guys at iFixit do a very thorough job of establishing the origin of each and very component, though it's not always easy. The 16GB of flash storage, for instance, could either have been produced in South Korea or Texas. Give Google the benefit of the doubt on such ambiguities, though, and it seems like they've put a lot of effort into making it as American as possible—it's just no thoroughbred.


One nice finding, though, is that iFixit highly praise the device for how straighftforward it is to get into and fix. It's a DIY dream—unlike some of Apple's latest offerings. [iFixit]

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If you want to split hairs maybe you should try tearing apart a few American cars as well.