Patriot Box Office Media Player Review

An Exterior Look

Inside the package is the Patriot Box Office appliance itself, HDMI cable, a set of screws, two USB cables, a power adapter, remote control, software CD, and quick-install guide.  No paper manual exists other than the picture guide, but a PDF version is available on the software CD.

The Box Office is a small black aluminum box which has been anodized black.  The front of the unit has one USB port, an IR receiver, and indicator LEDs for USB, internatl Hard Drive (HDD), LAN activity, and Power.  Both the left and right sides of the box have a “Box Office” logo etched into the brushed aluminum.

The back of the unit is where most of the connectivity ports are located.  From left to right, there are three legacy RCA ports (right audio, left audio, and composite video).  Next is an optical SPDIF port and HDMI port.  Next to that are two USB 2.0 ports: one is a mini type-B port (used only when connected to a PC), and a full-size  type-A port.  Next to that is a gigabit LAN port and a small DC-in port for the power adapter.

Above all of these connections is a power switch, which is used to completely turn the unit off, but the unit can be put in standby using the remote control.  Inline with the power switch is an array of ventillation holes used to help cool the unit off, but more on that later.  There are also two black screws on the left and right side of the rear, which can be removed to access the interior.

Why would you need to get inside?  Why to install an internal hard drive or SSD, that’s why!

Page 2 of 712345...Last »


  1. Pingback: HTPC vs Consoles, Boxee, XBMC, WMC?—

  2. Kyle

    December 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    From an external USB DVD Drive, you can play any file you can play on the device itself, just as if it was removable storage, but you can play DVDs, with DVD file structure, as long as it does not have the anti-piracy stuff on them, they will play DVDs that were copied using DVDFab and such.

  3. Alan

    June 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

    @Rae: I'm not sure if you can play media from an existing PBO, but given the existing peer options you should be able to do it. If not, then use a USB hard drive or use a central PC or NAS as a media server.

  4. Alan

    June 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

  5. Rae

    June 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Do you know if you can create or access playlists on one PBO via either UPNP or NET from a second PBO that has the USB HD attached to it? Obviously, I don't want to have to have two hard drives with media
    content doubled on both machines. But I'd like to be able to set it up so that several video files will play back to back and repeat. Thanks!

  6. Alan

    June 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

    That's right… a physical DVD movie will not play like it does in a DVD player. If you have an .ISO image it will. If you put in a DVD with Divx files on it, they will play just fine.

  7. dlb

    June 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

    According to the review, standard DVDs will NOT play via a USB DVD drive, only ISOs. Does this mean that the DVD has to have the actual ISO file, or it has be the image contained within the ISO? What if a a data DVD has several DivX AVI files on it? What about VCDs? Will this unit play VCDs via a USB DVD drive?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>