Reviews and Problems with D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380
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D-Link Boxee Box
31 January 2012
Summary: The Boxee Box does offer a lot of goodness - a whole bunch of apps, interesting design and is a very capable media-streaming device. However, you get the WD Live Hub with a 1TB hard drive built-in for considerably less money.
Pros: Very good HD playback, with the filters correctly set up, Boxee Media Manager app is easy to set up, Unique design, Remote has a complete keypad on one side, Remote control apps for iOS and Android
Cons: A couple of filters make video noisy, if turned on, UI feels dated, You get a WD Live Hub with a 1TB drive for slightly less cash!, Quite a few apps donï¿½t work in India
Conclusion: So far I am happy. I cannot quite say the Boxee Box is perfect, but with a little bit of learning and tweaking it is serving its purpose. I would certainly change the design to be more flat so that it could hide behind or under a TV better. Also the menus need to be more customizable. I would like to be able to sort the DVDs and put them into seperate lists for kids and adults without having to move the actual files (like a play list).
Summary: The Boxee Box by D-Link has some innovative design choices and a promising user interface, but mainstream content is mostly missing in action until future firmware updates are available.
Pros: Attractive user interface; two-sided RF remote includes a QWERTY keyboard; quirky cubelike design; built-in browser that can play Flash video; apps currently include Pandora and MLB.TV; extensive codec support for local content.
Cons: Basic apps like Netflix, Vudu, and Hulu Plus are promised soon, but not available yet; content holders like Hulu are blocking Boxee's browser; double-sided remote has an assortment of usability issues; Boxee's online TV show data is frequently outdated and incomplete; virtually no popular movies available; unorthodox design may not fit in small home theater cabinets; can't be controlled by standard IR universal remote; can't connect to older, non-HDMI TVs.
Summary: Verdict: The Boxee is an excellent media centre that anyone can use on a day-to-day basis. While it is somewhat expensive and lacks Component output connectivity, these flaws aren’t actually deal breakers. Highly recommended.
Pros: Winning looks, slick user interface, superb remote control, can be controlled by your Apple iPhone or Google Android-powered smartphone.
Excerpt: For over 5 months last year, I used my iMac as my TV while my basement was being remodeled. During that time, I was able to keep up on all my favorite shows using Hulu and ‘other methods’. Although I did miss not having live TV, it wasn’t that bad and I really didn’t miss having to pay $90 to DirecTV for each of those 5 months.
Pros: Very easy to setup, 2 USB ports, SD slot and can stream from other computers wirelessly, Simple interface, Lots of internet content
Cons: No Netflix, No Hulu, Can't pause some videos and resuming previously viewed video doesn't always work, Doesn't save place in video
Excerpt: For years, hardcore media-streamer PC hacker tinkerer types have scoffed at Apple TV’s limited feature set and built themselves Linux-based miniPCs that get a massive range of media formats to your TV at full 1080p. Now, DLink has backed a one-time maverick project to bring this kind of functionality to the ordinary home user. But does Boxee Box still really suit the uber-geek more than the mum and dad?
Pros: Good build quality, Great remote, Lots of features
Cons: Glitchy and fiddly, Most compelling services not available in Australia
Excerpt: The Boxee Box is somewhat like the Apple TV in that it lacks any onboard storage. However, it does have the distinct advantage of having two USB ports, so you can add external storage to the device should the need arise. As well as the USB ports there’s an Ethernet connection and built-in WiFi. A single HDMI port is the only way to connect the Boxee to your TV. The remote control has a full QWERTY keyboard on one side and a few simple buttons on the other.
Fantastic online services, great user interface, decent remote control, option to add local storage
Not many movies yet, minor bugs, like sites not showing full-screen video
Excerpt: We love the Boxee Box’s odd design, but perhaps it won’t appeal to everyone. It’s a lopsided cube which is melting through the floor, with a glowing green Boxee logo on the side. This sculpture would look perfectly at home in Salvador Dali’s lounge room, but perhaps not yours.