Reviews and Problems with D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380
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Review: D-Link Boxee Box
20 January 2012
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.
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.
Conclusion: All in all, I like the Boxee quite a bit, but I think it still needs some work as far as providing the apps that a lot of people really want (Hulu and Netflix) so that they can dump their cable or satellite box.
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: Every day, 3.2 gajigabytes of streaming video are delivered straight to the screens of slackers like you and me, sitting at our desks at work and gawping at classic outtakes from The Muppet Show in 1979 , re-creations of news events by creative Taiwanese animators , and adorably cute animal babies.
Pros: Promise of easy-to-access internet video. Works with a wide range of video services, including Netflix and Vudu. “Watch later” button lets you time-shift YouTube videos from work to home.
Cons: Quirky interface. Some TV shows appear in the menu, but won’t actually play. Much of the web’s video actually looks really terrible when blown up on a big HDTV.
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.
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: There’s more to the Boxee Box than meets the eye, as you’ll discover when you pick up the controller. The remote has a simple layout, with just play/pause and menu buttons along with a five-way rocker.
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.
Pros: Good build quality, Great remote, Lots of features
Cons: Glitchy and fiddly, Most compelling services not available in Australia
Summary: Boxee began life as media player software, before D-Link built this rather striking Box to house it in. Back in December we were less than impressed by its glitchy, unstable firmware, but the newly updated Box is a different beast.