Boxee Box (D-Link) Teardown
by Bill Detwiler | December 6, 2010, 2:44pm PST | Image 79 of 79
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Completely disassembled - Image 79 of 79
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A Vic20 is better
Far too may bugs, and unless you have natural night vision, the remote is a total sanity killer (back keys with gray print) .
A little JQuery in your Teardown would be nice
Adding some JQuery AJAX for loading the images would be a really nice contribution to user experience on your site. JQuery or something to load the images in this gallery so the page does not postback every time would be great. Now it is quite a jarring experience. The scroll does not even like to stay in place.
Not bad, but not quite
The Boxee could benefit from an internal HD. The PBO does not come with one, but it's a cinch to install.
Not sure how well the Boxee works with network storage, but the PBO works flawlessly with a SAMBA share.
Love that Boxee remote. Totally jealous of that.
The PBO doesn't stream Internet content on its own, but software such as Tversity and Playon provide this capability and with a lot more channels too.
I would like to see the Boxee GUI. The PBO's GUI is its biggest flaw. The new version is much better, but it's still not something Grandma could use.
PBO support is excellent. They have active forums with active factory reps. They have an active development staff with regular firmware updates for download.
The PBO can be used as-is or be hacked to your heart's desire. It's basically a Linux system inside, so everything from minor tweaks to alternative firmware is possible.
That odd shape of the Boxee would drive me nuts. I'd have to figure out some way to hide it. (Just my ODC.)
If the Boxee had a way to add more channels (it may) and had at least the option to add an internal drive, I'd be willing to give it a shot.
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