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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 11 June 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Patriot Memory PBO Alpine Media Player
Closer Look: Patriot PBO Alpine
PBO Alpine Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Patriot PBO Alpine Media Player Review

Manufacturer: Patriot Memory LLC
Product Name: PBO Alpine High Definition Media Player
Model Number: PCMPBOA
UPC: 155300123208
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Newegg or Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Patriot.

Watching streaming content or downloaded multimedia files have replaced television broadcasts and movies on disc, especially for college aged viewers who own a SmartPhone device. The drawback to watching anything on an Apple iPhone or Google Android device is that the screen is small and sound is flat. Patriot Memory has created the PBO Alpine Media Player, capable of playing just about every modern video format across HDMI onto an HDTV or monitor at 1080p using the familiar Android 2.2 interface. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Patriot Memory PBO Alpine High Definition Media Player, and evaluates how well it performs compared to the competition.

The Patriot Box Office (PBO) Alpine media player is designed to deliver large-scale entertainment in a small package using a Fujitsu MB86M10 processor, and indeed it does. Perfect for the college dorm or start-up entertainment center, expect PBO Alpine to play practically every modern digital media file format without frame loss or stutter. If you're not big on downloading files for playback, PBO Alpine can also use its Android browser to stream shows directly from your favorite websites. Please join Benchmark Reviews as we test PBO Alpine against several high bit-rate video files and streaming multimedia.


PBO Alpine Features

The Patriot Memory PBO Alpine is the perfect choice for those looking for ultimate flexibility and functionality in a media player solution. Powered by an ARM926 processor and Android OS, the PBO Alpine will support full 1080p playback and offer's a wide range of connectivity options including HDMI and Component.

Providing out of the box entertainment, the Patriot Memory PBO Alpine will come preloaded with YouTube, iTV, iRadio, Picasa, and a mobile edition web browser. For enthusiast buyers, the PBO Alpine will offer support for user developed Apps that can be side-loaded for custom functionality.

The PBO Alpine will deliver full support for M-JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, Xvid, RealVideo, VP6, .MKV and surround sound/stereo decoders for Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS 2.0. For easy connectivity to all your media files, the Patriot Memory PBO Alpine will include a wired connection and seamlessly integrate in to your home network.

  • Supports Full HD-video playback up to 1080p via HDMI
  • Supports Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound
  • Supports video playback via UPnP networking streaming
  • Browse shared videos, photos and music from attached network devices/PCs, USB Flash Drives and USB external storage
  • File formats support:
    • Music: WMA, MP3, Real Audio (Ra), EAV, OGG, ACC, FLAC
    • Photo: JPEG, BMP, PNG
    • Video:
      • [MPEG-1] MPG/MPEG/DAT
      • [MPEG-4] MP4/AVI/MOV, WMV9, FLA
      • [H.264/AVC] MKV/TS/AVI/MOV/M2TS
      • [DviX 3/4/5/6, Xvid] AVI/MKV
      • [Real Video 8/9/10] RM/RMVB
  • Supports Internet Media Services (IMS) Flickr, Stocks, Video News, Video Podcasts, Weather, Picasa, RSS (+20 video feeds) and custom RSS feeds
  • New improved user interface for easier use and album artwork feature during music search and playback
  • Google Android 2.2 Operating System



# Where is the guiV_lestat 2012-06-13 05:24 this thing doesnt have a gui huh?
How about some gui screen shots or gui review section
It looks nice and works, but no netflix isnt a review.

No netflix is a 100% deal breaker
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# RE: Where is the guiOlin Coles 2012-06-13 07:38
There's an image and full paragraph discussing the menu at the bottom of "PBO Alpine Test Results" section.
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# Question about optical drives...dlb 2012-06-15 17:59
On page 3, just below the 1st picture we have the following statements (slightly edited/shortened):
". . . I was curious if PBO Alpine could also play from optical disc media, such as DVD or Blu-ray Disc movies. This is an unsupported function on the device ... Despite using USB optical disc drives from two separate manufacturers, PBO Alpine was detected by device firmware. It was worth a try, and might be supported as firmware matures."

I'm not sure if there's a typo, but it reads like USB external DVD/BD drives do NOT work with this media player, the statement of "PBO Apline was detected by device firmware" that throws everything out of whack. So, does this media player support the use of external USB optical DVD/BD drives? If not, do ANY media players support external USB optical drives?

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# RE: Question about optical drives...Olin Coles 2012-06-15 18:51
I worded it poorly. The revised paragraph reads:
Since all of my file types played without issue I was curious if PBO Alpine could also play from optical disc media, such as DVD or Blu-ray Disc movies. This is an unsupported function on the device, but the Fujitsu MB86M10 inside PBO Alpine had already impressed me to the point of experimentation. It's unclear if the CODECs required are present, but there are applications that can be loaded to solve this (such as MX Player). What was obvious was that the optical driveneeded to be recognized and mounted before anything could be tested. Despite using USB optical disc drives from two separate manufacturers, neither was detected by device firmware. It was worth a try, and might be supported as firmware matures.
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# RE: Patriot Memory PBO Alpine Media PlayerPBO user 2013-10-23 00:16
I would not recommend this product to anyone. The specs are very good and all but the lack of development from the company makes them not care after you buying it. Go to the patriot pbo forum and read what people have been saying about their product. You will surely be discourage to buy their products.
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