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72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

100
murtho
If you buy this, don't forget to check out Boxee+
70
lordtaco
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
jghaines
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average user Score
 
100
murtho
01.06.14
If you buy this, don't forget to check out Boxee+
 
70
lordtaco
12.16.13
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
90
jghaines
03.21.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
40
farski
12.02.12
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 version. It seems like the premium for the original Boxee Box over the others was going to be more power, more future-proofing, more everything. I thought I was spending $200 on something that was going to last me a while, rather than $70 on a Roku that would need to be replaced every few years. With Boxee saying they're never going to release new features for the Boxee Box I'm pretty disappointed. There are bugs that will probably never get fixed, and half-completed features that will apparently stay that way forever. AirPlay is still a checkbox hidden way down in a menu and marked as beta. As a user of Boxee from it's early software days, who put up with the decision to focus on expensive hardware, I can't see myself being a Boxee user much longer.
 
90
omerh
08.04.12
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 mediaI have very happy with it, and highly recommend this gadget. Only this missing is a somehow big internal storage, but now I connected it to Synology NAS.
 
90
Gaber
04.15.12
The inclusion of a sling player, AirPlay support, and the fact that it plays just about any format make this the best streaming box out there at this time. HIGHLY recommended.
 
90
Trester
04.11.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
kungfuchemist
04.03.12
I have had the Boxee Box for about three months and I must say it's a lot better than some people give it credit for. I hooked up an external hard drive that was full of movies, tv shows, and music and the box ran with it. It scapes the internet for cover art and episode info, and the interface is laid out nicely. And it has a one click network share, making an external hard drive sharable over your local network. Haven't really used Netflix but the Youtube leanback interface works well. All in all the Boxee Box is a nice solution for media viewing in a living room.
 
80
islanddreamer
03.19.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
chrismcgrath
03.14.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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