Summary: 4 years and still going strong. Very simple to use. Supports hard drives, external and internal as well S USB. No hiccups during playback. Remote buttons could be bigger and easy on the eyes but hey...
It's dated by today's standards, but still deserves a good rating.
MXP "Buddhasystem", Amazon
5 December 2013
Summary: Plays most formats I ever heard of. We got a LOT of mileage out of this thing, we have two in the family, one for kids and their cartoons and party music, and one with separate storage for some films and photo backup. Network transfer can be slow but serviceable. Right now it's not very competitive in the market due to Roku and and onslaught of Android devices, but as a media player it's still good. You can pick up media remotely from many devices in your house.
Summary: Bought this as a christmas present for my brother so we wouldnt have to stretch an hdmi cord across the living room from the pc, has hdmi, plays pretty much every audio/video format out there.. even .iso, never seen that anywhere... has ethernet as well... very cheap and very awesome, you can even watch youtube on this thing.. compared about 20 other media boxes to this one, this one was cheaper and had more optoins then all of them...
Summary: For anyone who has a library of digital files, whether its music, photos, documents and especially videos. This little player is for you. The storage you can plug or put in a hard drive or a solid state drive. Attach a hdmi cable, for both audio and video straight to your flat screen. Or better yet to your audio receiver for surround sound. Look up in the web, and be educated before you purchase it. You will not regret.
Summary: I'm on my 3rd remote. They just keep dying on me. You can put in new batteries a hundred times, but the emitter just stops working on these. (You can check the emitter by looking at it through a digital camera, which makes the infra red light visible so you can check it. Really, Google it). Admittedly, I'm a very active button pusher, but I'm like that with all my remotes, some or which are 6+ years old.
Summary: i like the PBO i got it for Christmas for $60 after mir, very inexpensive for what you get, now i am able to watch my hd movies and divx directly on the tv , but streaming 1080p movies on wifi, you get some slow down from time to time, no problem so far for divx. connecting the PBO with wifi was easy using wps.
Pros: $60 after mir, play every files
Cons: takes way to much time to browse through all the directories
Summary: I've used my PBO for over a year, and it's been an absolute pleasure. I can't imagine not having one of these set top boxes. I believe this is one of the original ones to come out, and if you keep and eye open you can get it for close to $50 after rebate (patriot honors their rebates). At that price it's an absolute steal! The interface is simple but effective, and network streaming works well.
Summary: Ok, lot's of users love the PBO, but I could not get over how lame the user interface is. Seems Patriot has stopped supplying any future firmware updates for it as well. Last one was Mar 2011. Ended up purchasing a WDTV Live Streaming which I prefer over the PBO.
Pros: Plays almost every format, Large Community following, Nice aluminum Case, HDD can be easily added
Summary: Been struggling with this guy for awhile now. Looks like a good idea. Wireless networking is non-functional. The best I got it to work was for 5 mins before all networking shut off on it. I bought it for the wireless and even got the extra wireless adapter. Wired networking works .... sometimes. The software that runs is looks like my 1980S Nintendo and in really frustrating to get around and enter info.
Pros: Cheap, Has potential
Cons: Network connectivity is so-so at best, Terrible software, terrible support