Summary: I have owned two PBO Core media players and have been very satisfied with their performance. Recently the fan on one of those units started making a noise like an inexpensive used truck every time it started up. So I purchased the PBO Alpine unit and it was a HUGE mistake. If you think I am joking, go to the PBO user forum and check out the hundreds of posts about problems. I spent more than six hours trying to get the unit to access file shares on my network.
Summary: This unit is not ready for Prime Time. The firmware was supposed to be developed by patriot to fix all the bugs. There will never be a software upgrade, Patriot has given up on the Alpine so don't waist your money.... Very disappointing after owning a PBO Core unit and being very happy with it and all the community support. If you want to see how people in the PBO community feel about it check out the forums on Patriots website. I threw mine away.
Summary: If you have a large audio library like I do filled with sub folders for each artist ranging in the neighborhood of 5000 folders or 50,000 mp3's this unit cannot handle that kind of load. It will time out not good with large audio packs with subfolders; Android platform with limited RAM. And the no support from Patriot, which I was not aware of until I found this thread here on Amazon. How lame!
Summary: This is my fourth Patriot Media Player. I think the other three must be three or four years old. One failed the others still work. This one looked a bit "cheap" when I opened the box (?different plastic?) but works just fine. Didn't add any software, just plugged in the hard drive and TV HDMI cable and that was it.
Summary: This was a step backwards into Patriots media player series. The core could play everything that was thrown at it and had a spot for a internal hard drive. This on the other hand lacks the necessary power and memory to run some stuff and some video stutter. It is about half the weight of the original and feels cheap.
Summary: it plays anything I can throw at it, for sure. It's a pain though, to have to map folders over the network. Also, even though it's Android, dont expect anything on the market to work unless it's extremely basic.
Summary: I bought this because I had a Patriot PBO Core and loved it, and thought the Alpine would be a step up because it is several years newer technology. Android is a great OS for phones and I love it, but I hate it on this box, especially the way they've implemented it, and triple-especially on the way they've implemented it on the video functions. The preview box takes up so much of the screen that combined with the ridiculously large font (that you can't change!