Patriot Box Office Media Player Review

Setup

Shown in Figure 3, the unit itself is also an unassuming black box made of anodized aluminum, it measures 5.6 x 1.5 x 5.7 inches (14.2 x 3.8 x 14.4 cm) and weighs 1.2 pounds (540 grams). As shown in Figure 4, on the left side of the front there is a USB connection. The right side sports 4 indicator lights: the USB indicator, the HDD indicator, the LAN/ACC indicator, and the Power/Standby indicator.

Patriot Box Office Media Player ReviewFigure 3: The Box Office.

Patriot Box Office Media Player ReviewFigure 4: The front of the Box Office.

Setting up the player is easy. You simply connect it to your TV with either the included HDMI cable or the included composite cables. As shown in Figure 5, most of the ports are on the back of the Box Office. From left to right there are two ports for the stereo analog output, the composite video output, an optical digital audio output, the HDMI port, a miniature-sized USB port, a LAN connector and the DC power jack. There is also an on/off switch above the HDMI port.

Patriot Box Office Media Player ReviewFigure 5: The back of the Box Office.

Once you plug in and turn the Box Office and the TV on, and put the TV on the proper source, you will see a simple setup screen on the television.

You insert the AAA batteries, as shown in Figure 6, into the back of the remote and use it to follow the screen prompts to set up the language and time. You can also set up a wired LAN, if you so desire. Making choices with the remote control is easy.

Patriot Box Office Media Player ReviewFigure 6: The remote control uses 2 AAA batteries.

After that you can plug an external hard drive or flash drive into the USB port. After a few minutes the USB indicator will light and you will be able to browse your media files on your television screen.

The screen choices look similar to those shown in Figure 7.

Patriot Box Office Media Player ReviewFigure 7: Screen choices.

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Author: Sandy Berger

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