Reviews and Problems with D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380
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Review 1 and a half years in
Bryan Marcou-O'Malley, Amazon
3 July 2013
Summary: I bought the Boxee Box after doing extensive research, preparing to "cut the cord." For the first six months or so, the device was all I could ask for. It did exactly what it was I wanted, and it performed in a manner that justified the significantly higher costs than Roku and other devices. Primarily, I bought Boxee because, unlike other devices, I could tie in my personal hard drive and watch movies and listen to music from the hard drive, as well as from apps.
Summary: Seems to working alright. Had to return the first one that froze at the intro screen after a week. Still a little high priced for what it is. Too bad it is at end of life, it would have benefitted from a little more refinement.
Summary: I'm a huge fan of Boxee and the Boxee Box, I ran a Boxee server in my house for the last few years and when the Boxee Box came out I picked one up to free up the PC for other uses. Overall I'm a huge fan and when I saw the opportunity to snag up a 2nd Boxee Box for a nicely reduced rate via a re-furb offer I jumped, now I consider that impulsive decision a bit hasty.
Summary: I received the Boxee Box immediately after its release in 2010 and, after testing, wrote a scathing 1-star review. Since that time, the Boxee Box has received several firmware updates. As of July 2011, I no longer feel the Boxee Box merits 1-star and am thus reworking this review. Consider this review up-to-date as of July 2011. Let me begin by stating that I am new to the Boxee platform.
Summary: I am a long time user of the Boxee software and used it on a hacked AppleTV. I have a number of media extenders in my home (hacked AppleTV, SlingCatcher, three WDTV's), so I feel my analysis may be helpful. I'm also secretly hoping Avner and others will read these reviews and help improve this product. I was very excited for the release, and pre-ordered shortly after it was available on Amazon. When it arrived, I set it up immediately and updated the firmware.
Summary: This should have been the best product on the market, as it played nearly every video and music format that you through at it, including iso and vob. I had mine setup so that it played the variety of media that is stored locally on my home server, for which the product would get summaries and pictures, from the internet for each episode and series and for films.
Summary: Be aware, online in the uk this will not play itv player or 4od or channel 5 catch up. The internet browser is very basic,hardly worth the effort. The free content by boxee is mostly pants. I does play all downloaded movies off a hard drive,and wirelessly from other pcs and devices. Lousy for tv.....ok for movies,tunes and pics.
Not too bad but could be a lot better. Too US focussed to make it a global product.
25 November 2013
Summary: About this review, note that I work in the consumer-electronics industry. I take part in the development of products similar to the Boxee box. These products do not compete with the Boxee box, so please consider my review to be unbiased and based on a modicum of knowledge for such products. To summarise: it is quite a good product, but it was introduced three or four years ago. It has since been eclipsed by others (e.g. the WD Play box).
Summary: Pros: - For what it is (a budget streaming platform?), it does the job really well. - Perfect if you have your own file server. - Easy connections: HDMI, optical audio, etc. Cons: - You cannot have more than one in the same house because the remotes control affects all Boxees within range. - A bit laggy and slow at times, especially booting up and rendering long lists. - No updates for a very long time. - Not close to the latest XBMC development going on.