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'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: I bought a PBO 3 years ago and heard about some new features in the newer BIOS, so I flashed it according to the directions, and it became a brick. Apparently this happens often. The box says 1-year warranty. So I contacted Patriot customer service, and they approved an RMA. I returned the PBO (revision R04) which was bricked, and Patriot sent me a brand new in the box PBO. Can't ask for better service than that.
Summary: I bought this to watch movies on my tv and was tired of always having the wrong format for my PS3. This has played every format I have done so far and works great. A great price for such a high end media player. After tons of research and reviews, I choose this one and didn't go wrong. Only thing I would change is to make the remote either light up or bigger buttons. Hard to see when you got the room all dimmed for the movie.
Summary: Pros : 1. remote works very well ( unlike few other cheaper brands ) 2. updating firmware was very easy 3. system is responsive 4. build looks solid with nice features 5. used a generic USB wireless n card and worked like charm. 6. package includes few useful cables 7. very cool networking options i.e. BitTorrent , Samba etc. Cons : 1. Have trouble playing few files ( probably format not supported ) 2.