D-Link and Boxee unveil Boxee Box

On Monday D-Link and Boxee announced the Boxee Box, a set-top device for enjoying local and streaming video content, at an event in Brooklyn that also demoed a beta version of the Boxee application.

The Boxee Box connects to your TV using an HDMI port, and offers optical digital and composite analog audio for sending audio to a stereo receiver or other device. The back also has two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot, and an Ethernet port (it also has built-in 802.11n wireless networking).

D-Link says that it hasn’t determined a price yet, but that the Boxee Box should be available in the first half of 2010.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    The stylish Boxee Box by D-Link does a great job of making video from diverse sources accessible, and will be even greater when bugs are fixed and new content deals signed.

    Pros

    • Stylish set-top box delivers a huge selection of free and paid Web and network content
    • Simple, handsome user interface; cool two-sided remote with QWERTY keyboard

    Cons

    • Integrated browser can't deliver desktop experience; somewhat buggy and crash-prone at launch
    • Premium services not available at launch; some sites are blocking video content
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