Flip the remote over, and you'll find a QWERTY keyboard--far superior to the clumsy onscreen keyboards found on most media boxes. The remote is RF (radio frequency)-based, so you don't need to worry about pointing it at the Box when typing.
The Box connects to your home network via Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi. But if the Boxee Box has a weak spot, it may be the AV connectivity. HDMI is the only video output option (analog RCA and optical digital are available on the audio front). That means, unlike the Roku boxes, you can't use the Boxee unit with older, non-HD TVs. There's a pair of USB ports as well.