I took advantage of this because I was having issues with the Nexus Player for far too long (when it worked fine before) and I was growing a little tired of it. I'm glad I did. This thing is exactly what the Nexus Player should have been. Ethernet port? Check. Headphones port in remote? Check. Responsive? You betcha. Remote doesn't feel gummy? The thing absolutely feels premium. Can play my MythTV recordings smoothly with deinterlacing? Not even close to being an issue. 4K for future-proofing? YES!
Sure, you'll pay more for this than you would a Nexus Player, but considering the fact that I bought a controller for the Player along with a USB ethernet thingamabob, plus a USB to microUSB thingamabob, plus the remote being FREE with a purchase in this deal... I paid more for the Nexus Player than I did for this much higher quality machine.
I'll still use the Nexus Player, but for less important tasks. I can't even rely on it to Chromecast from update to update, which works flawlessly on the SHIELD TV right now (as it should!!!!)
I don't know if I should be more disappointed in Asus or Google. I used to love Asus, and their 2nd gen Nexus 7 is absolutely friggin' amazing, but I'm finding them to be very hit-or-miss these last several years. That WiFi router so far is holding up... mostly... but I'll be damned if I can get a reliable 5ghz signal on ANY of the 5 previous WiFi routers I've purchased so I'm not even counting that.
This is nothing against Android TV in general. I mostly love it. The things I don't love are smushed underneath the pros. The things I don't love? Being able to custom arrange my home icons, and not being able to access recent apps (multitasking). That latter one absolutely kills me.
The feature that destroys both of those? Any app can register itself as a "Live TV" provider. As it turns out, my HDHomeRun devices do exactly that, so I don't even have to bother with a coax cable! Throw in PlutoTV and it feels like I'm living in the future. I don't currently have SlingTV but I'm guessing they might do this too. I love it! It's channel surfing with a TV Guide without actually subscribing to cable or dish. Bravo on this feature, Google!