Patriot is a company better known for producing RAM and flash cards than media streaming devices. but the company’s new Patriot Box Office is an HD media player that you can plug into an HDTV (or standard def set) to watch videos, listen to music or view images on your TV. You know, just like the Asus O!Play HD Media Player.
That said, the Patriot Box Office does have a few features that help justify the price, which is $30 higher than the asking price for the O!Play. First, while both devices can play media from USB hard drives or flash drives or from a shared network drive using an Ethernet connection, the Patriot Box Office also features an internal 2.5″ hard drive bay. The drive isn’t included, but you can slap a hard drive in there to store all the media you want.
There’s also an optional USB WiFi adapter and while the O!Play ships with composite AV cables, the Patriot Box Office ships with a set of composite cables plus an HDMI cable.