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Hands-on with the Boxee Box

CNET test drives the Boxee Box, the first dedicated hardware to run Boxee's innovative Web-streaming software.

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The Boxee Box

The Boxee Box by D-Link was first announced in December 2009, but more details were released at CES 2010.
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RF remote

Boxee is all about its innovative onscreen display, which you can easily navigate with the included remote.
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QWERTY keyboard remote

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.
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Rear panel

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.
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On-screen interface

The Boxee's home screen provides quick and easy access to a wide range of Web and local media, including the user-generated queue (on the right).
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Plenty of apps

You can't have a device or a media platform these days without apps--and Boxee's got 'em. The system can accept media plug-ins from a variety of third-party sources, including the ones shown here.
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Even more apps

Another tier of available content providers is shown here, including MLB, BBC, and NPR.
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