Almost years ago, Boxee and D-Link two companies announced to release the Boxee Box in the end of 2009. And the next year, D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380 came to our front. Well, it was hard not to compare it with the Apple TV and Logitic Revue at that time. Now, we are looking forward to the Apple TV 3 which will be released on 16th March this Friday with 1080p output. As always, we love it more and hate it more. There are still lot limitations which users would rather choose Boxee Box.
To be simple, Boxee Box is a digital web TV with Linux system. Smooth playing the web TV shows, movies, and music by easily connecting the HDTV or other monitor devices with HDMI cable. There are 2 USB and SD card slot in the back of this Boxee, which Apple TV doesn’t.
The best 4 advantages of this Cute Box are:
- the unique design
- QWERTY keyboard dual-side remote control
- Multi-user support
- continue updating functions
At first glance, Boxee Box looks clumsy giant. But as the video shows, it’s small besides its unique cube shape. The remote control is two sides with QWERTY keyboard. Apple TV’s control is as small as nano, but most users found it is hard to use, too slim and tiny to be pressed on. And with the keyboard, it definitely faster than typing on the Youtube’ search bar. Also your iPhone or Android-equipped phones could be a remote control as well.
We see that the internet strength of gathering people together, mainly is the social network we have now. Sharing is the most future trend of many IT products. Boxee Box also provides you the function of sharing. You could find out which movies, shows your friends crush on recently, and your friends also can see what you are interested in.
The UI of Boxee Box might a little complicate than the Apple TV 3 has. Apple TV 3 redesigned their UI and more like iOS, which unify the style of Apple and users would getting used to the new UI quickly. Like Apple TV, Boxee Box could see the HD movies and dramas on Netflix,VUDU,also other large based content application into this devices. While Apple TV is mainly get movies from Netflix and iCloud, which means not accept all the resource of applications,like Hulu. But the Airplay function of Apple TV which allows user to send multimedia content from either iPhone or iPad is really welcomed. The compatibility of Apple is always the users hurt.
Both of the products will keep modifying and adding functions in the future. Since there are still limit choices for users to watch movies, either iCloud or Boxee Box needs to build large resources of media works to the users. It exactly will be a long way to go. In the other hand, compare to the traditional cable TV, people actually has not been getting used to the new digital web TV now. Unstable wireless situation and not enough choices of movies won’t bring relax to users at all. But the digital web TV such as Apple TV ,Boxee box. Roku and so on. Their aim is to expand and strengthen users watching experience through these peripheral devices, and to reinforce those devices already at home to connect with TV.