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The "Made in USA" print on Q's motherboard was made very visible in it's presentation video. I think Google is sending Apple a message here.

Etched into the base of Google’s wireless Nexus Q home media player is its most intriguing feature.
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That you can make products that do less and cost more in the USA?
A lot of electronics actually have to be made in China because of rare earth minerals used there actually. It's not all profit-driven. China won't allow rare earth minerals to be exported unless the products are manufactured there.
Maybe not at the scale of the iPhone. But the fact that Q is being made in the US tells me that's not an irreversible situation.
It's ASUS, so I imagine somewhere in Asia.
Is that why it's so expensive? The price of the Q is absurd. Why would anyone pay $299 for it when the nexus 7 was just announced for $199 and has hdmi out anyway?
It's safe to say you didn't see what's the use case for the Q?
The Q is expensive because of the built-in amp, I would say. The only thing Q has going for it over Apple TV is the social sharing features. Other than that, Apple TV does more for less.
You mean the social over the air streaming? That seems to be a software solution that will one way or another get into the nexus 7 (there are already a bazillion remote apps in the market, I personally love using VLC remote to do something similar). Which still doesn't justify the Q hardware price. Or are you talking about something else?
Yeah the social over the air streaming. I don't think it justifies the cost, but if you are comparing the Q to other hardware devices that don't have an amp built-in, you have to factor in the amp. That said, I don't think the amp is worth $200 extra.
I am not sure the high price tag justifies it either. But it's a completely different beast from a tablet or event a smart TV. It's really only a stationary audio/video receiver for your home, probably aimed more at the high-end market. Definitely not something that will sell massive volume (and that's probably why they can afford to build it in the US). If other vendors are allowed in, though...
The more I think about it, the more I believe that Google does not expect to sell a whole lot of these. Hopefully, the platform will be open sourced and other manufacturers will be able to run with concept .
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