I can’t say I’m the biggest Iomega fan. In fact, I’m still bitter years after the Zip disc click of death. Yet, we’ve gots to give them a little attention today as the next Boxee Box. The guts are quite similar to the original D-Link Boxee Box but, as you can clearly see, the design is either more subtle or lacking in personality. Maybe both. However, the remote may be a tad better – featuring additional front buttons and a slightly concave typing surface.
Engadget went hands on and says Iomega’s Boxee variant will ship in three varieties this February ranging in price from $230 – $350 dependent upon onboard storage capacity (nada, 1TB, 2TB). Regardless, if you’re prepping for purchase, I’d say go with the D-Link – unless you totally cannot live with that unusual enclosure.
In other Boxee news, Vudu services are expected to hit those D-Link units this week with Netflix following at the end of the month. Boxee is still more pricey than the competition but, if local media playback is a large part of your equation, they’re a solid and improving option.