Originally Posted by Alx330
WDTV Live is probably your best option for non-techie
Though XBMC itself is very flexible, for example you can install the Confluence Customizable Mod
and turn off almost everything, add-ons, pictures, music etc paring down the player to it's most basic feature set. The Amber
skin can also do some of this and is designed for boxes like the XIOS. There are even AppleTV skins available like Quartz
I would not even consider getting a player that does not use XBMC. I have it running in every room in my house and gave away my BoxeeBox and WDTV Player as they do not provide an experience even close to XBMC. My wife could barely use a DVD Player but is able to navigate XBMC and the Add-ons with no problem.
I currently have 5 set-ups with all different hardware. Listed Best to Worse
Alienware x51 - Perfect Home Media & Gaming Centre .. this is hooked up in our main entertainment room.
Appletv 2 - While the AppleTv 2 doesn't have the hardware specs of some of the new boxes out there it still seems to run XBMC the best out of the other Android Boxes I have tried. Never have any issues with crashes or video stutter. This is in our living room/den set up. Only problem is it doesn't do 1080 streams.. hoping a jailbreak for ATV3 comes out soon.
EnjoyTv 520 Dual Core - Great little android box that has HW Acceleration built in and streams 720 and 1080 in XBMC's native player. Android OS actually works pretty good on this box and can be used to browse internet, facebook and other popular apps. Have this set up in my Bedroom.
JynxBox HD & Pivos - boxes are pretty much useless as android media centre's. Video streams were choppy and always buffering even when connected to Ethernet. UI was extremely slow to navigate. I was about to get rid of both of them until I flashed them to Linux and run them as dedicated XBMC boxes. Now they run pretty good and I seem like a decent low end toy to run XBMC . These are set up in each of my kids rooms.
I would think that the Gbox Midnight MX2 would run similar to the EnjoyTv 520 as it has similar specs and I have read some decent reviews on it. For the price I would definitely purchase one of these over getting another Pivos. The Pivos team has done a fantastic job opening up the world of XBMC to Android but until they get better hardware I would not recommend.