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Made in the USA: Nexus Q was manufactured 15 minutes away from Google HQ. Plus, a teardown

June 28, 2012

Most US device manufacturers have moved their production facilities to China or other Asian countries, where labor is much cheaper. Others simply hire companies Asian-based companies, like Foxconn or Compal, to build devices for them. Whether you consider the practice right or wrong, you have to agree that it has become so commonplace, that almost every electronic item nowadays wears the “Made in China” tag.

So, when a device shows up with the inscription “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A”, I can’t help but be a little surprised. Well, that’s what has happened with the Nexus Q.

That’s right. The Nexus Q, Google’s “first social streaming media player”, is manufactured in the USA, as the label on the bottom of the device clearly indicates.

nexus q american made

According to a report by the New York Times the Q was assembled at an undisclosed location by a contract manufacturer, “15 minutes away from Google Headquarters.” Further, almost every component that has gone into making the device has also been manufactured in the US.

Speaking of components, if you want to take a look at all the individual bits and pieces that go into making the futuristic-designed device, you can. As part of Wired’s exclusive access to the Nexus Q project, they received a full set of images of a device that has been given the teardown treatment. You can take a look at each and every component that makes the Q functional, on the Wired page.

Granted, the “Manufactured in the USA” side of the Nexus Q might be one of the reasons for the slightly high $299 price tag, but the device might be well worth the cost. You can find more information about the Nexus Q here.

What are your thoughts? Will you buy the Nexus Q? Let us know in the comments section below.