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The eagerly awaited Acer Aspire Revo is available to Preorder from Play for £149.99 (its due out on 18th May).

This appears to be the best price around.

Yes I know that 8GB SSD is a bit tight - if you want more storage then either pay through the nose for the models further up the range, open it up (one screw) and swap out the 2.5" hard drive or use an external one.

This tiny PC is capable of playing 1080p video and it is virtually silent so therefore it makes an ideal second PC to attach to the lounge TV via HDMI. It should work well with with Boxee for Linux.

For more info on this machine, look here
http://hothardware.com/Articles/Acer-Aspire-Revo-SFF-NVIDIA-Ion-PC/?page=1

UPDATE - Also available at Amazon for the same price - Thanks elmo61 (post 41)
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#1
Eagerly awaited by who? by people who want to type up a few job applications every year?...... lol
#2
So, even with the ssd model, one can replace the SSD with a normal 2.5" SATA HDD?

I've also heard that this model will get a standard Hard drive after the first batch has been sold, so perhaps it's worth waiting until then.
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/04/24/acer_revo_storage_switch/
#3
thekudos
Eagerly awaited by who? by people who want to type up a few job applications every year?...... lol



Sorry - what - don't understand. Who's lol'ing and at what?
LawyerAdam
So, even with the ssd model, one can replace the SSD with a normal 2.5" SATA HDD?

Looks that way - its just a swap-out.
#4
LawyerAdam
So, even with the ssd model, one can replace the SSD with a normal 2.5" SATA HDD?

I've also heard that this model will get a standard Hard drive after the first batch has been sold, so perhaps it's worth waiting until then.
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/04/24/acer_revo_storage_switch/

I wouldn't be so sure - often these nettop's use laptops internals, and all the laptops with 8GB SSD's use mini-PCI-e SSD's.

As such, they 8GB SSD's should be fairly cheap if you get them with a mini-PCI-e connector - which means they might be used in this.

If you can find an 8GB SSD with a SATA connector for cheap, though, i'd love to see it :P
#5
Jakg
I wouldn't be so sure - often these nettop's use laptops internals, and all the laptops with 8GB SSD's use mini-PCI-e SSD's.

As such, they 8GB SSD's should be fairly cheap if you get them with a mini-PCI-e connector - which means they might be used in this.

If you can find an 8GB SSD with a SATA connector for cheap, though, i'd love to see it :P


I'll be staying away from the SSD models; I bet Acer are just trying to get rid of the sluggish SSDs from the 1st gen Aspire ones. :whistling:
#6
The are rumours that the first batch of these at this price will be the only ones that come with SSDs and the further units will have HDDs.
Single core Atoms tend to chug with anything that the nVidia GPU doesn't accelerate, so Flash and some other video codecs probably won't even do 720p properly let alone 1080p.
#7
Looks like its Acers responce to Asus' EEE PC. Shame about the SSD. How much more would it have cost to put a HDD in their. Will wait to see what the hackers make of it. You never know it might have a SATA interface but I doubt it.
1 Like #8
The SSD versions will be taken by peeps who have a NAS or a server for storage and want to use them for Video streaming methinks... hmmm XBMC

Yet to be seen if they can cope with full HD streamed but if they can its much cheaper and more flexible than a Popcorn hour....
#9
Jakg
I wouldn't be so sure - often these nettop's use laptops internals, and all the laptops with 8GB SSD's use mini-PCI-e SSD's.

As such, they 8GB SSD's should be fairly cheap if you get them with a mini-PCI-e connector - which means they might be used in this.

If you can find an 8GB SSD with a SATA connector for cheap, though, i'd love to see it :P


you seem to know your stuff and for that i would respect your opinion

i've been looking at the ee box for a while now and its available at £199

do you think the £50 saving is worth it, or is the eee box still a better bet, is £50 more really paying thru the nose as the OP states ?

TIA

ir2000
#10
ir2000
you seem to know your stuff and for that i would respect your opinion

i've been looking at the ee box for a while now and its available at £199

do you think the £50 saving is worth it, or is the eee box still a better bet, is £50 more really paying thru the nose as the OP states ?

TIA

ir2000


Hey,

If I was you I would wait until this model gets a standard hard drive (it will go up to 160gb after the first batch has been sold). If I'm not mistaken the EEE Box has crappy integrated graphics ie you will not be able to watch HD movies or play games anywhere near as well as you could on the Acer model (has the same graphics chipset as the new Macbook). I suppose it depends what your needs are.
#11
So basically its just an Aspire One minus the screen and the 120/160gb Hard drive that could of been bought a few Weeks ago for £130. If this is the case then its a pretty cold deal so I haven't voted either way.
#12
Play.com RUBBISH ONLINE RETAILER. Placed an order on 1 st of May. Still awaiting delivery. ARRGGHHHH.........................
#13
Play.com - great. This item is a pre-order item so it wont come until it's released on the 18th May as it says on the Play.com site.
#14
StonedSte
So basically its just an Aspire One minus the screen and the 120/160gb Hard drive that could of been bought a few Weeks ago for £130. If this is the case then its a pretty cold deal so I haven't voted either way.


Not really, its based on nvidia ion platform so can run 1080p video and has hdmi, designed to be more of a home media center and can be hooked on the back of your tv/monitor

Think of it more like the £79 western digital 1080p player now on play.com but for an extra £70 get a full pc for browsing, chatting, email etc with wifi, ability to hook up external hard disk and dvd/bluray/hddvd drive

Not voted as been watching a while and the 8gb drive hasnt been confirmed as removable and is too small for windows 7 which would be ideal and because this is the rrp, better off using pc wold or somwhere on release with better quidco
#15
This is nothing like the old eee or other netbooks - it uses the Ion chipset which should be able to play full HD properly.

Thinking about it, if you bought a NAS drive you could have all your PC's hooked up to that including this one - this would then be ultra quiet and use very little power...
#16
StonedSte
So basically its just an Aspire One minus the screen and the 120/160gb Hard drive that could of been bought a few Weeks ago for £130. If this is the case then its a pretty cold deal so I haven't voted either way.


The massive benefit is the HDMI output, this should make a great media streamer hooked up to a Plasma/LCD. I'm just trying to find out if there are linux drivers that'll work for an external bluray drive with this unit. I don't know much about linux, but am keen to give it a go instead of windows.
#17
The ideal use for this one has already been posted. Perfect as an XBMC box and has been tested as compatible with most 720P / 1080P media. Only downside I can see is that digital audio can only go over the HDMI connection which will be an issue for some setups. With the XBMC Live CD a free product this would be a bargain Media Center.

As an aside about 8GB SSD Drives, I have Windows 7 running really well on my Dell Mini 9 with 8GB SSD. It is a tight fit so you wouldn't want to be using that setup for a main / only PC. However it is fine for a few apps and documents with any major storage on the NAS or main system. I would also be very surprised if it didn't have the ability to fit a standard HDD. The case seems to be standard, as does the mainboard so would be ridiculous to cripple it like that (but not previously unheard of)

Personally I would take this over an EEE Box any day. It is a far more versatile system, with full media center capabilities and able to play older games such as the Sims, Half Life 2 and they have even demoed it running Call of Duty 4. Not often you can save money and get a better product ;)
1 Like #18
thekudos
Eagerly awaited by who? by people who want to type up a few job applications every year?...... lol


Someone really doesn't understand the product. Many people don't need a 1000W SLI Quad core that sounds like a jet engine and is seated in a case the size on an armchair. They cost more, use more electric, make more noise and many look ugly as sin. If you want a system as a HD HTPC with the possibility for other uses, then this is the cheapest, most compact and energy efficient box currently available. I really want to fit one in my new kitchen for HTPC and recipe duties :thumbsup:
#19
This has an eSATA port. If the bios allows you to boot from an external SATA drive, then you're laughing :p

Incidentally, play and ebuyer appear to have plenty of the HDD/Vista version in stock.
#20
good price
#21
Definitely a good price, although I'd be concerned at the reported issues this has with YouTube videos and webpage rendering (admittedly under Vista in the review I read)...
#22
Now changed on play to delivery in 4-5 so hoping to get mine soon...

Mine like I said will be XBMC via HDMI (sounds okay for me this way) and I will be connecting via homeplug's to a NAS so dont care about storage as it will be fine as is.

I have seen it opened up and there will be space for a new HD - you can also change memory quickly so for £30-35 have a 4gig machine.
#23
"Networking: Wireless 802.11b/g"
I might hold off getting this revo if I was serious about using this for streaming media. The eee box comes with this as standard, although the latter lacks the graphics oomph this one supposedly has. If your screen does anything less than full 1080, I would suggest that the extra 50 quid from Argos might be worth it for the eeeBox...
#24
gaijintendo
"Networking: Wireless 802.11b/g"
I might hold off getting this revo if I was serious about using this for streaming media. The eee box comes with this as standard, although the latter lacks the graphics oomph this one supposedly has. If your screen does anything less than full 1080, I would suggest that the extra 50 quid from Argos might be worth it for the eeeBox...


:? why?

I don't understand your post. You're suggesting it would be a good idea to pay more for less?
#25
reg hardware reviewd this i think, playing hd flash content was not good, but proper hd video was handled by the processor and worked well.

hot though
#26
I prefer the SSD, if you load windows 7 on it, its amazingly fast...
#27
dreador
Now changed on play to delivery in 4-5 so hoping to get mine soon...


More likely they have run out of their initial allocation and have to order more.
#28
So if I was to use this as a media centre with XBMC on it (I already have a 1st gen XBOX running XBMC so am sold on the concept already), can you power it up and down from a remote control? I really tire of opening my cabinet up to power up my XBOX and this Acer also has the possibility of HD of course :)

Anyone know?
#29
dreador
Mine like I said will be XBMC via HDMI (sounds okay for me this way) and I will be connecting via homeplug's to a NAS so dont care about storage as it will be fine as is.


It'll only playback HD videos if they're in the right format to support vdpau otherwise it probably wont even manage 720p.

Also has no SPDIF output and no remote control.
#30
good deal voted hot.

Ubuntu + mythtv frontend is going to rock on this computer.
#31
Good price, wouldn't buy one though ... too slow.
#32
if its like my aspire one AVOID THE SSD, sloooow.
They are due to update with a regular HDD according to the article in the register.
#33
p.s. forget what reg hardware says about this - (cant find anything relevant on their site search)

VDPAU accelerates mpeg , H.264 and WMV and VC1 under linux and although only a recent development - work has progressed fast.

Re: remote - there are many ways to use a remote in linux. I'd go with bluetooth adaptor + sony ps3 remote. Dont think you can power it on tho. Other USB / IR options may help you there however. Its more a hardware issue than OS.
#34
look a good deal - depending on what you want it for

ideally i want one of these machines left on 24/7 running vista, with the main function of media center (using usb dvb tunners) maybe also running my own mail server (all hidden behind my lcd)

but i brought a acer aspire one 8gb ssd, and this drive was very slow and it wasnt a standard drive (as such!) connector its a zif connection.

(i have changed the drive now using my ipod 30gb hard drive (with a nice new 80gb in the ipod)

so bear this in mind unless some can state its a 2.5 inch drive, it may cost alot to upgrade
#35
Few quotes from engadget review

"Oddly enough, we found web browsing -- the supposed heart of a "net"top experience -- to be the most lacking. Sometimes we felt like we were having connection problems, and in fact Gmail at times would stop working entirely since it thought it was having so much trouble getting its packets through -- we seemed to fare better on Ethernet than with WiFi. Internet Explorer is a complete nightmare, but while we had a better time with Firefox and even better in Chrome, we wouldn't feel comfortable doing "heavy" browsing on the system on a daily basis."

"Unfortunately, Flash video playback was a real trial for the Revo. Hulu played fine at low-res inside a window, but when we went fullscreen it got all choppy. YouTube was surprisingly even worse, not managing a full frame rate at even low quality. With Flash video being one of the number one things people want to do with a media PC these days, it would behoove NVIDIA and Adobe to get things better accelerated here in the near future -- they both say they're working on it, but it's hard to tell when we'll get straight, pervasive GPU acceleration of Flash video playback, and we've gotten slightly conflicting reports from both sides on how the limited existing GPU acceleration in Flash 10 is supposed to work."

Not voted either way, just remembered the review so thought I would point it out
#36
It's a shame they don't offer beefed up specs for the Linux version. They always make the specs for Windows better... probably because it's heavier on resources for the same work, but it gives the false impression that you're getting an under-powered system. In any case I'd want one with a decent harddisk capacity, and I hope the release a version with the dual-core Atom processors. As it is, it could be good for a MythTV front-end.
#37
phoenix123
"Unfortunately, Flash video playback was a real trial for the Revo."


This is because the Atom processor isn't up to the task. Whilst the GPU is actually quite powerful and can assist with hardware-rendering for 1080p content and 3D graphics, it isn't used for flash, which is where it is entirely the CPU's burden.
#38
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/04/27/inside-the-acer-revo/1

Regards prople asking about switching the HDD, Bit-Tech took it apart and it looks like a standard drive? Seems like itll be good for modding! I have to admit I really like this, however at the moment the fact that most reviews of the atom CPU says it struggles with flash ect mean its a no go for me at the moment (especially as I want my HTPC to be able to play iPlayer), though ill probably end up getting one if they manage to enable flash decoding on the GPU or release a dual Atom version!

Make sure you check out the £299 version, comes with a Wii like controller which looks quite good fun! Tho no reviews of that yet, and extra controllers will cost £50 when they become available....

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/9606825/Acer-Aspire-Revo-Intel-Atom-N230-1-6GHz-2GB-160GB-3D-Game-Controller-Vista-Home-Premium-Desktop-PC/Product.html

Also there has been mention of a revo blu ray drive coming out, which will be $99 or so so this could make this a very good HTPC
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=18476
#39
paulsmith288
good deal voted hot.

Ubuntu + mythtv frontend is going to rock on this computer.


Only if you can get the hardware acceleration working, otherwise it is really not going to rock.
#40
Stelph
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/04/27/inside-the-acer-revo/1
if they manage to enable flash decoding on the GPU or release a dual Atom version!

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=18476


unforantly this is up to adobe to fix no the manufactures

BTW same price on amazon if anyone wants to use them instead

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Aspire-Revo-R3600-Desktop/dp/B00292BR1I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1242667570&sr=1-2

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