Hot Hardware : The Little Black Box
Google it, I dare you. “little black box” will likely present you with a Lingerie store, so be sure to search “little black box media player.” That stated, I wanted to present this nifty little piece of hardware today. That hardware is The Little Black Box.
Read on for more.
What it is:
The Little Black Box is a self-contained all in one media device, much like the Roku player, but runs exclusively on XBMC. It’s enthusiasm for itself is hugely evident in its presentation on its website. The info tab is a little hidden and can be found here. Because it employs XBMC at its core, the box will play literally whatever you throw at it. The unit has full integrated Wi-Fi, as well as a well designed remote. The Little Black Box even adds it own purple spin to the theme. Let’s look at the specs:
|Dimensions||10 x 10 x 3 cm|
|Chipset Family||ARM Cortex A9|
|Chipset Model||Amlogic 8726-M3|
1080p [Full HD]
Why should I care?
You should care if you are interested in a professionally done implementation of XBMC. Sure, you could setup an HTPC, as I have done, but tends to be much more costly in hardware/attachments. Yes, XBMC runs on a Raspberry Pi, which is a lot* less, but also requires extra hardware for full usage (remotes, optional wifi, and so on). This is the complete solution. Just take a look at the remote that comes with the unit:
How can I get one?
At time of writing, pre-orders are full, but keep an eye on this little thing, which is not so little, considering its capabilities.
If you are in the US, bookmark this page:
If you are “English” , i.e. British, this page:
All in all, a nifty product to keep an eye out for, if you are in fact interested in a refined XBMC box. I know I am, despite owning a Raspberry Pi, and this little baby will most likely end up on my Holiday shopping list.