D-Link Boxee Box

72
Global
Score
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Boxee Box review

Summary

from $369.99+
Pros
  • Excellent codec supportGreat remoteSolid Flash video playback
Cons
  • Not enough content at launchGlitchyRemote lacks trackpad
Boxee Box review

It's a little strange that the Boxee Box by D-Link feels like a late entrant in this year's crowded smart TV market -- the core Boxee software has been around forever, and the Box itself was announced way back in January at CES. But a platform switch from NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip to Intel's Atom-based CE4100 platform cost Boxee and D-Link valuable time, while the Boxee software went through a dramatic UI transformation from the beta to 1.0. What's more, Boxee's gone from being an upstart rock'n'roll rebel to a legit market player, with a Netflix deal on the books and -- wonder of wonders -- an agreement to bring Hulu Plus to the Boxee Box sometime next year. That's a lot of changes, and, quite frankly, a lot of hype -- Boxee's dedicated fans are expecting the small company and its asymmetrical Box to show up no less than Apple and Google. So have Boxee CEO Avner Ronen and company pulled it off? Is the Boxee Box the ultimate connected TV device? Or has a punk rock media revolution turned into just another polite New Wave streamer? Read on for the full Engadget review to find out!

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Breakdown

Ease of use
7.2
Audio quality
7.4
Video quality
7.5
Design and form factor
7.3
Media support
8.9
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Specs

Boxee

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Video services
Netflix, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Last.fm, Pandora, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Specs

Boxee

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Video services
Netflix, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Last.fm, Pandora, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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