I won't have room in this review to cover all the features, but the ioBox has a number of what it calls "Web Services". These are basically references to web sites on the Internet that you can display via the unit. Syabas has included a collection of services for nice display on the ioBox with pages for various video sites such as YouTube, MediaFly, and Blip.tv, as well as Internet radio stations and photo web sites such as photobucket and Picassa (Figure 9).
Figure 9: Web Services
And if you can't find what you want in the list, there's a way to add your own links. Bear in mind that the web "browser" that is used isn't quite up to the standards you'll find on the desktop, so some pages may not display properly.
Under the Covers
Figure 10 shows the main board of the ioBox.
Figure 10: Main Board
You can see the big heat sink that keeps the box from having to use a fan.
This obscures most chips on the board, but fortunately, the main CPU is
documented to be a
So, will this box be replacing my hacked AppleTV as my family's
The bugs that cropped up now and then in the ioBox were a bit annoying,
but obviously the box does have a lot going for it. Its ability to play
a wide variety of content including DVD rips and 1080p movies was very nice.
I liked being able to get content from UPnP AV servers, local disks or standard
file shares. And its developer friendliness means that we may see a lot
Regardless, I enjoyed using the ioBox, and I'll be keeping an eye on the NMT platform as it evolves and gets more functionality from its active developer community. Is the ioBox right for you? As usual, that depends on your needs. But if you have a lot of varied content to play and aren't into hacking, you might give the ioBox a try!