First of all I dishonour using the “PI” naming. This is misleading and just wants to take advantage of an existing brand.
To be honest I don’t like the mix of a TV box and PC with the Smart Home part.
A smart home box in my opinion should be something that runs somewhere (ideally in a REG case, but that is some local thing) without users interacting. Stability is key. And the less things you mix the more stability you usually get.
Powering through PoE is a good thing but should not rely on an additional module but be built in. The less internal connectors the more, guess…, stability.
USB 3.0 is outdated, 3.1 Gen2 is what I would expect - Power Supply and Video on this single cable is better than separate power port plus HDMI. The less cables, the better.
As for the buzz-words listed under “protocols”: How to connect all this additional hardware? The number of USB ports is limited and an internal solution does not allow to position the antennas at an optimized position. I prefer USB devices that, in additional, can be swapped on my personal demand and can run with a different main unit if required.
So overall rating from my side would be:
This again is something that wants follow the “one size fits all” approach to increase the number of potential target customers.
Nevertheless a nice piece, but personally I do not see the need to buy it.