Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Patriot
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The back of the PBO has composite RCA and HDMI outputs for video, and an optical audio output. There are also two more USB ports for attaching external devices (one being a mini-USB port) and an Ethernet port and on/off toggle switch round out this area.
The remote is packed with buttons ranging from navigation to playback and more. Just about every function you will need for playing audio and video is here. Users on Patriot's online forum have reported that remotes such as the Logitech Harmony will work also.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Installing a HDD/SSD is an optional step, but you will need it if you want to enable features like Samba file sharing and playlists. If you choose to install a drive, it is a relatively quick process. Two screws release the top cover to reveal a 2.5" disk tray and small cooling fan.
Use the included screws to secure the drive to the tray (the PBO supports up to a 1TB drive). While this is not a tool-free install, the drive won't need to be removed very often.
The PBO interface has a clean, uncluttered design and I was pleased with how quickly the menus transition. When the unit boots up you can go straight to browsing your media collection by clicking on "All", or you can search for just videos, photos, or music.