Boxee Box Brief Review
Internet set-top box for TV; Up to 1080p video playback; Plays any non-DRM video format; Wifi b/g/n, ethernet; Remote control
The Boxee Box has been a long time coming, but it’s not the game-changer that Boxee software fanatics had hoped it would be. It still gets a lot right. The user interface is excellent. It plays just about any video codec that you throw at it. It does a reasonably good job of unifying downloaded content and streaming video from the Internet. It doesn’t do such a great job of pulling content from the Internet, as many providers block access from the Boxee Box. There are also a few issues with its physical design: The three-cornered box looks cool, but isn’t ideal for shelving units. The two-sided remote could use a redesign as well -- it’s very easy to accidentally mash buttons on the opposite side of the remote. In short, if you have a large library of downloaded TV shows and movies, the Boxee Box could be great, but you might be better off just downloading Boxee’s free software for your PC and hooking that up to the TV.