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AnandTech says:

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Boxee is tackling an admittedly very difficult problem. Make it too easy and the content owners will crack down on you. Make it too difficult, and you end up with a platform that’s unsellable. At a high level, I believe Boxee has come very close to the perfect balance between the two extremes. quote


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Critic reviews

6.7
18 reviews
  • Media support
    8.9
  • Video quality
    7.6
  • Audio quality
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    7.1
  • Design and form factor
    7.3

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User reviews

8.3
44 reviews
7.0
Engadget Nov 16, 2010

The Boxee Box just isn't polished enough to be worth the hassle right now. The ideas are all there, and our experience with the Boxee team has us confident in their vision and ability to execute, but the Box ... feels like less of a finished product than an excellent rough draft of the future.

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9.0
GigaOM Nov 24, 2010

The ability to gracefully handle local content and the awesome remote control are two more reasons make the Boxee Box worth its money alone.

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8.0
TechCrunch Nov 16, 2010

Boxee Box isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot more polished than Google TV and I can’t find any deal breakers or even significant downsides to delay your purchase. If you’ve never used Boxee before or are coming from a WD TV, Popcorn Hour or even an Apple TV new or old, you’ll absolutely love it...

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7.0
AnandTech Nov 23, 2010

Boxee is tackling an admittedly very difficult problem. Make it too easy and the content owners will crack down on you. Make it too difficult, and you end up with a platform that’s unsellable. At a high level, I believe Boxee has come very close to the perfect balance between the two extremes.

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6.0
CNET Nov 29, 2010

The Boxee Box by D-Link has some innovative design choices and a promising user interface, but mainstream content is mostly missing in action until future firmware updates are available.

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6.0
PC Mag Nov 12, 2010

Less expensive than the Logitech Revue with Google TV and pricier than Apple TV, the Boxee Box by D-Link focuses on rounding up Web content on your HDTV, but suffers from a lack of partner content at launch.

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3.0
Wired Dec 3, 2010

Add in its interface quirks and the poor quality of so much of the available video, and you’ve got an attractive but nearly useless piece of TV room furniture.

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8.0
Ubergizmo Nov 23, 2010

It has a nicely designed user interface, it can be extended by apps/channels and it plays a ton of popular file formats.

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5.0
TechRadar Nov 25, 2010

When the bugs are ironed out and even more content is available, this will be the media streamer to beat – not least because the hardware is terrific. But it comes at a price. And that price is, very sadly, far too much – especially when you consider just how annoyed the software will make you.

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7.0
Digital Trends Feb 24, 2011

We were content to grind our teeth and accept the occasional crash and hiccup when Boxee was merely a freebie download for the PC, but after shelling out $200 for a set-top box, Boxee engineers need to get serious and learn how make Boxee work like the appliance it’s being sold as.

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7.0
MacNN Jan 15, 2011

Right now, get the Boxee Box only if you're reasonably tech-aware and willing to put up with quirks to get more features.

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6.0
Techno Buffalo Mar 20, 2011

The drawbacks of the Boxee Box and its $229 suggested retail price just make it impossible to recommend it to any one other than the hardest core home video enthusiasts.

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9.0
The Gadgeteer Jan 24, 2011

All in all, I like the Boxee quite a bit, but I think it still needs some work as far as providing the apps that a lot of people really want (Hulu and Netflix) so that they can dump their cable or satellite box.

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6.0
peterto peterto

I was a pretty avid user of the boxee software ever since it's fork from XMBC, installing it on every device I could even the first gen Apple TV, so I had high hopes for a dedicated box designed to get fast updates and little worry of lost functionality. The small cutaway box design was nothing...

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4.0
KAsante KAsante

Until the release of the boxee box, I was convinced that boxee would win the set-top box wars because it was the only true UI that you could replace cable TV with. With the release of the box we now found out that they're trying to work with cable companies more and because of that...

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9.0
Dignan17 Dignan17

For the most part, I really, really, really like my Boxee Box. I fall just short of loving it because of so many tiny quirks. There are moments where the Box just fails a little and tarnishes the experience. But like I said, for the most part I really like it. I challenge anybody reading this...

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9.0
justinhub2003 justinhub2003

I love the Boxee box. Its been a great addition to my house. THE BB connected to my TV and 1TB External HDD, plus standard cable and a PS3 is the most amazing TV set up possible.

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4.0
CBlankenship CBlankenship

Pre-ordered this product as soon as it became available on Amazon.com for it ease of use and intuitive user interface. I have been using the AppleTV hack for the past year and was hoping that the Boxee Box was going to be the exact same experience as it only Quicker! Received my Boxee Box...

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9.0
SadBoring SadBoring

I have had a few reliability problems with mine prior to the latest software update. It would often fail to start up after the initial Boxee logo. These seem to have been resolved, but I will wait and see. The recent loss of the dedicated BBC iPlayer app means that finding shows from the BBC...

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9.0
seth seth

This little box has SO MUCH potential. But to me, until it's got Netflix and Hulu Plus, it's much closer to a fancy paperweight than an everyday device. But it sure feels like right around the corner it will be getting that daily use...

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10
lrg lrg

Just a incredibly good and well thought out product. Mostly due to the very good boxee software.

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9.0
omerh omerh

I bought the Boxee 1 year ago. Since their last version, I am happy to say that this was the best choice for a Media streamer. it has all the online content like all others, its easy, quite and has a cool remote. great buffering so no lag on wi-fi streaming on 720p/1080p media I have very happy...

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4.0
farski farski

The Boxee Box is by no means perfect, but compared to Roku, Apple TV and some of the more DIY options I think it has a place. Well, had a place. Now that it's clear Boxee has a very bad habit of dropping support for their products, it's hard to recommend the original Boxee Box or even the new TV...

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