Patriot Memory Alpine Media Player
Patriot memory is a company that is famous for its memory products. However, during the last couple of years, it has tried to venture into the realm of HD media players. The Company’s Patriot Box Office (PBO) line of media players was launched in 2009. The latest media player in this series is the PBO Alpine. Its one of the few media players out there which runs on an Android OS. The machine uses an ARM processor. The player supports 1080p playback, and there are various options for connectivity as well like HDMI, optical audio out, and Component.
The PBO Alpine is pre-loaded with various apps like Picasa, iRadio, YouTube and a web browser as well. Although it runs on Android 2.2, it does not have access to the Android market. However, users will still be able to side-load the apps they want. The player will also have full support for various formats including H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, M-JPEG, DivX, Xvid, VP6, RealVideo, and MKV. It also supports Dolby Digital surround sound decoders, and DTS 2.0. It comes with a wired connection that will allow it to integrate with your existing network at home.
Using Alpine Media Player
One of the benefits of using Android 2.2 is that you can use a keyboard and a mouse with the player. They will work throughout the interface and not only for the browser. .You can always use the YouTube app that comes with the device to stream videos online. Apart from that, there browser of the device can be used to stream photos, music and other content from the web. There is an iRadio app as well that allows you to stream various radio stations.
Connecting the device to your home network is also simple. All you have to do is connect the device to the router or the cable modem. Connecting hard drives is not a problem and they can be mounted very quickly. You should be careful while using the device because of the weight. It is quite light and may become unstable if you use HDMI cable or other USB devices.
When it comes to playing movies, the device is better than a lot of other media players. It supports various formats and offers a preview as well. This feature is really unique because most other HD media players give you the DVD preview only if it is added.
What powers the Alpine Media Player?
Most of the HD media players today use Realtek RTD1185DD, but Alpine uses the ARM 926 processor. It also has a Fujitsu MB86M10 processor, and a couple of DDR2 800 Ball grid Array (BGA) chips. At the back of the PCB, you will also find a Hynix HY27UF082G2B. The Fujitsu processor is an advanced decoder for digital television that supports multiple standards.
The remote control that comes with Alpine is smaller than a credit card. It has the normal layout of buttons and has a decent range as well. As the remote does not have any backlighting, it can be difficult to use it in the dark.