Summary: After experimenting with my WD MyBook 3 TB usb 3 drive I found if I partitioned the drive using Minitool to a 2 terabyte and a second partition of 1 TB the PopBox reads and plays the movies (MKV) without problems. Minitool works great because I did not have to remove my data.
Summary: Very excited when I first got the Popbox to stream movies and shows from my iMac to the TV. Was disappointed to find out that Apple no longer supports SMB file sharing in OSX Lion so most of the features of the box are unavailable to the Lion user. There was very little interest and support from Syabas in the problem. I had to find my own solution which was to stream via UpNP using a free media streaming app called Llink (the best one out there).
Summary: 3 Stars for Movies 1 star for Music and other problems PopBox is going back... If you want just for movies then this box is OK but if for other stuff then think twice before buying it. I have some movies that the Box Locked on me. Had to reset and one time I lost selection of my computer so I could not add more folders even I could play movie from the computer so the connection was still there.
Summary: I recently purchased the ZyXEL NSA221 2-bay Network Attached Storage and Media Server NAS Media server, 2x2TB Western Digital drivers, a PopBox and a Boxee box to see what provided the best media home setup. Here's what it comes down to. The PopBox is a great alternative to Boxee simply because it's DLNA compliant, and works right off the bat with ZyXEL NAS. Awesome.
Summary: It works well on a basic media player level and never stutters over the network, but it regularly freezes and doesn't have any of the functionality originally hyped on initial presentation to the public.
Summary: This product works great, other than the fact that when I bought it I was supposed to be able to stream Netflix through it. The fact that it was stated that this feature was available when I purchased it, and then wasn't, really turned me off on this product. Another post helped me find what I was actually looking for. I ended up getting the WD TV Live Plus instead. It was less expensive, and has been a wonderful product.
Summary: I have a WDTV Live and I am replacing it with the popbox at this time. Why? Well, I have a large collection of movies and being able to see the thumbnails from IMDB is really nice. I also like the fact there is IMDB info from each film on the screen. The additional thing that is a big deal to me is how to get to the movies. With the WD device you have to click through 10 menus to get to the movies. However, with this box you can just go to the Video->Movies.
Summary: I've been craving something to natively challenge the XBMC and Boxee scene and this device was promised to be such a contender. Unfortunately, amongst delays and near silence from the manufacturer when finally shipped this machine does not match up. UI: I actually prefer the simple, folder-based navigation of my A-100 and A-110 to this archaic system that Syabas has put into place for the popbox.
Summary: Almost every con is being worked on by Syabas they have taken notice to the problems and all major fixes can be done with software. The Hardware is amazing for the price and I do agree with everyone you should wait until the cons are fixed before you buy. Pros 1.$129 on launch 2.UI is faster then I expected 3.First mediabox to have IMDB scalping native 4.Search option 5.Can browse file structure to play movies as well as the cover art 6.Backlit remote control 7.Plays all...
Unless You Want to Play the Role of Beta Tester, Don't Buy
Brandon Creek, Amazon
18 July 2010
Summary: After having the Popbox for the weekend, I can honestly say that it has the most potential of any media streamer I have purchased. However, the software in it's current state makes using the device a much less enjoyable experience than what was originally promised and expected. After the latest firmware update, you can now at least play most of your media files within your library, and the playback seems to be smooth on everything with the exception of BD ISO files.