Originally Posted by pmcd
I really agree with you on this one. I really dislike the way they are releasing firmware upgrades with no proper documentation. I can't imagine why they'd do that. This is the 2nd upgrade. The 2nd had 2 sentences while the first had none!
I recall stumbling across some forum somewhere when the 1.1 firmware was released. I found what looked like an attempt at release notes. It was a total joke. Written in the worst pigeon English that you could possibly imagine and barely intelligible. It seemed quite logical that Mvix never supplied as much as a sentence regarding what the 1.1 firmware was suppose to do, as they probably had no idea.
All these low priced media boxes all seem to be developed in what I would imagine to be the following scenario.
Realtek semiconductor (the manufacturer of the hardware) releases a reference design along with a version of Linux, which provides the core functionality. Then, any number of very small Korean/Chinese OEM's take the design, hack/cheapen it up a bit, and presto a new media box is born.
A company like Mivx comes along and goes with the lowest priced creation that they can find, figuring that hey, we can sell this thing and make a bundle and it even sorta works
While I believe the hardware to be extremely capable, I doubt that the small companies that manufacture these devices will ever evolve a truly polished product. They just don't have the time, resources, or the talent.
What you end up with is an inexpensive and interesting gadget that can perform quite remarkably in some instances and fall flat on its face in others. It does what you might expect from its low price.
I suppose I'll continue mucking with it because it's interesting. I may also go with my original gut reaction (before I saw the Ultio) and put together a really nice media center PC that would run circles around these low end devices, play anything I throw at it, not crash as often, and even playback blu-ray disks. That's what $400 as opposed to $169 would probably get me.