Note: The following is a review and unboxing done on 7/19/2010, with basically ‘launch’ firmware of the Popbox Media Player. In it’s current state, it justly deserves my moniker, “Poopbox”.
As a fan of the oddly named Popcorn Hour A-100 media tank (which I did a number of reviews), I had high hopes for the new ‘Popbox’ when I saw it released during CES. The Popcorn hour, purchased over 2 years ago, played most anything you threw at it. While the interface speed and usability wasn’t that great, it got the job done quite effectively, and in 1080p.
Fast forward a couple years… since then, the excellent XBMC with robust media metadata support has matured on the PC, Boxee has also shown us network streaming done right and tons of media boxes (like the WDTV Live) have all launched providing many ways to bring computer media to the TV. Thinking what 2 years of development could do to benefit Syabas (company who makes the device), I figured the power of the PCH mixed with metadata would provide quite a nice experience. Thus, my reason for pre-ordering for the PopBox back in April. Fast forward to July 19, 2010, I finally got it…popbox, Popcorn Hour, reviews, tech gadgets, Unbox