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Okay, so Google TV didn't work out exactly as Google probably hoped it would. While not technically dead, Google TV is at least on life support while Google pushes the $35 Chromecast dongle. If you still want to give Google TV a shot, Groupon is offering an Asus Cube for less (after rebate) than the cost of a Chromecast.

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The Asus Cube (this is the v2 device) retails for $80-100 these days, quite a drop from its original $139.99 MSRP. It has voice input, a wonky QWERTY remote, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix video. The rebate is handled through Asus, not Groupon, but it's the standard "fill out this form exactly and send a copy of the receipt, or else" kind of offer.

The deal goes for 11 more days, but there is a limited supply of Cubes. Groupon might run out at this price, even though it is Google TV.

[Groupon via Fat Wallet, Asus Rebate]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • turdbogls

    with google TV possibly getting an update to Android TV....this might be a really great deal.
    unfortunately, Chromecasts have over taken every free HDMI port in my house :)

    • Xeratun

      While it is never a great idea to buy something on the promise of future updates, at this point I would especially caution against that with Google TV. I still believe Google is working on it, but I'm not confident it wont just launch new devices without updating the old ones. It's a small enough market that those who have bought Google TV are the types who wouldn't mind buying a newer device as much as your average consumer, so it might not be worth the time/effort to handle an update. Especially if the hardware partners think they can just get a new sale instead.

      • Dan Gerszewskiq

        I agree if it's a significant purchase. but for $29 bucks? I'd give up one dinner out for a Google TV box on the off chance, or just a new toy to play with, if they never add more support I have a netflix player with HDMI out that doesn't need something capable of chromecasting to it.

        If they do, I have even more functionality for the cost of a few days of missed donuts on the way to work.

        • Xeratun

          Yeah but in that case you're buying it for what it is and just taking any updates as an added bonus. I'm just saying buying because you think an update will come is a bad idea. If you're happy with what you're getting even if no update happens then it's a worthwhile purchase regardless.

          • Dan Gerszewskiq

            There I agree, if it has no intrinsic value to you without an update, it's not a good buy.
            If you have use for it anyway, and would have MORE use for it with an update, the worth really depends on price.

  • Bad_Attitude

    Thanks for the heads up Ryan, all I have to say is, eff groupon. Metaphorically speaking I wouldn't give groupon $50 for a dozen of the most beautiful women in the world because they will arrive late, be senior citizens when I do see them and probably get delivered to the wrong address. But at least I will have received an email apologizing for the delay an assuring me that they are working hard to expedite my order. What more could a guy ask for? ;)

    • PoisonApple31

      Ugly ones are more budget friendly anyway! :P

    • supremekizzle

      Groupon sent me two Note 10.1 2014 tablets when I ordered and paid for only 1.

      • John Samuel αΩ

        So you returned the extra one, right?

        • supremekizzle

          I gave them 30 days to arrange to have it collected. They never did...

          • Rohan

            But did they charged you for it?

      • Sydney Gordon

        *sniff*
        Can I have it please?

    • Firehawkws7

      I don't know, I got 16 Eneloops for the price of 8 and they arrived within a week.

  • kehnin

    if amazon released an instant streaming app for android that streamed to chrome cast i wouldn't even bat an eye at this... however....

  • Brian Utne

    Chromecast + ShowBox = AMAZING

    • John Samuel αΩ

      Showbox also works directly on Google TV.

      • Brian Utne

        Chromecast is only 35 bucks though :P

        • atlouiedog

          And this is $30 AR.

  • ArberBeq

    Does not ship to Canada :((((((

  • mssmison

    Bummer about not shipping to canada :(

    • Eddy Edd

      yup deal is just limited to US :(

  • Karlo

    I will never ever buy any ASUS product.Because they are trash and their support really sucks.

    • Dan Gerszewskiq

      I had a display monitor from them, treated me alright. Cannot confirm how other products of theirs are however.

      I do recall compared to a display of the same size/specs they were priced far better than Samsung or LG.

      • Karlo

        I had problem whit Nexus 7 LTE and sent to service center and they treated me like a retard.Of course they didnt fix anything.
        In the end i won case and they said i will get new one.
        Instead of sending me a new device they sent me letter wich i can use to take new unit.Called shops in my country and they said that i cant use that for anything and thats just a piece of paper.
        What a bullshit company.
        Never ever i will buy ASUS products because they are total crap.

  • kingdazy

    I love Asus products, excellent hardware. True that their support can be spotty, but I've rarely needed it.
    I love my Asus router, my transformer tablet, the dozens of motherboards over the decades.
    If it was a flat 50, no form/receipt/refund runaround, I would pick this up to play with. Just for fun, mind you, as my PS3, my roku, and my HTPC do all of my media needs just fine already.

  • raddacle

    Well it was my first purchase from their mobile app so that gave me $10 off. Additionally I have $5 credit, if you add the rebate thats another $20 totalling out to a mere $15. Not regretting the purchase at all.

  • anita

    How does this cube compare to a roku?

  • ElfirBFG

    I passed up buying one of these last weekend and got a WD Live instead.

  • acey_zero

    Anyone know if the remote can be paired with a PC?

  • http://chromebookguru.tumblr.com Jason C

    Has anyone got the rebate?

    Asus declined mine.

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