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 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