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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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. Anything with flash, or too much Java locks it up, if you can even get it to install