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Cheapest Priced Acer Revo Desktop in the UK ?
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Processor
* Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz
* NVIDIA® ION chipset
Memory
* 1 x 1GB DDR2 800 SDRAM
Hard Drive
* 160GB Serial ATA II
Optical Drive
* No Optical Drive
Software
* Operating System: Linux (Free Software)
Display
* Monitor Not Included
Graphics
* nVidia ION
Audio
* Speakers Not Included
* High Definition audio (7.1)
Input Devices
* Keyboard & Mouse
Networking
* Wireless Lan
* No Modem
Power Supply
* 65 W adapter with power cord
* PC 2001, ENERGY STAR® 5.0
Dimensions
* 180 (L)
* 180 (H)
* 30 (W) mm (without bezel)
Interfaces
* 6 x USB 2.0 ports
* Four-in-one card reader
* High definition headphone and microphone jacks
* DC-in jack
* Ethernet port
* D-Sub VGA port
* HDMI port
* eSATA port
Warranty
* 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

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#1
This is model 92.G1DYZ.UI0, according to the Acer website it has draft-N wifi which is nice :)
#2
Heat added , smashing little deal and a great piece of kit . I want to get one of these for the folks as they are using an aging old Dell . This sort of thing is great for grannies and parents too.
#3
It's been this price for ages....that said, stick Boxee or XBMC and you have a media centre which blows, WD/Xtreamer, etc out of the water. Make sure you keep Linux though as you will need to make use of ION for 1080p movies.

Also, due to the low power usage, I keep mine on all day downloading NZB's ;)
#4
Not a new price, but a cracking bit of kit. Small, almost silent (quieter than my laptop) and with the Ion chipset can play 1080p videos.
#5
Its a shame they don't seem to be selling the 3610 base linux model anywhere at the the moment I got one when it was on at similar price last year. The main advantage to me is it has spdif digital out which may be useful if you are planning on using it as a media center and don't have a newish amp which will take HMDI in.
If you are planning installing Win 7 use the Shark007 codec pack and it plays almost everything in media center at 1080P with DTS out. Be aware if you are going to upgrade the ram it is fiddly to open the case (I managed to snap one of the clips)
This is a good very quiet system and I don't think the lack of dual core would be a great disadvantage if you can live without the spdif (however I thought the it was only the 3610 which was draft N)
#6
I got one last time this was posted, running ubuntu 9.1, and XBMC. Fantastic little box, powerful enough to use as a desktop, and fantastic as a media centre.

Going to get my little lad one for christmas next year, £150 for a brand new PC cable of 1080p movies, fantastic.
#7
Also, due to the low power usage, I keep mine on all day downloading NZB's ;)


trailers.. i hope..lol;-)
#8
JMC39
Make sure you keep Linux though as you will need to make use of ION for 1080p movies.


What has Linux got to do with the ION?

Incidentally, the version of Linux that comes on Acer products (Linpus Lite) is terrible. Why all these companies feel the need to ship their own terrible versions of Linux instead of market leader Ubuntu is beyond me.
#9
I need to buy Eldest a new laptop for school. She's nearly 13. This will do pretty much anything, won't it?
#10
belovedmonster
What has Linux got to do with the ION?


I may be wrong, but when I was installing XBMC, Windows version of XBMC didn't have any way of taking advantage of ION, therefore 1080p is dodgy.

Somebody may be able to clarify?
#11
I thought e buyer is banned in this website anyway good deal especially it got a hdmi port.
1 Like #12
yeah this will be fine. we have 2 in the house now. eldest lad uses it all the time, graphic card is reasonable for recent games. he plays sims2 on it everynight.

im typing on mine as we speak. silent and uses less power than my laptop psu. i recon in under 18months it will have paid for itself compaied to my 600w main pc, which tbh aint even been turned on since i got these
#13
CuriousTurtle
I need to buy Eldest a new laptop for school. She's nearly 13. This will do pretty much anything, won't it?




this isnt a laptop is it?
#14
Windows xbmc can't use the hardware acceleration of the ion but it can use an external player so you can set it up to use media player classic home cinema (which supports dvxa) for HD mkv's. This lets you use xbmc for browsing media its a bit clunky but it does work and if you have a lot of xvids or ripped dvd's it might be a good solution I like WMC now however.
And no its not a laptop.
#15
I have both 3600 and 3610 - none have "N" wireless - do not believe the specs!

Good boxes though with Linux or Win 7.

XP is hopeless at reliably playing all 1080p formats whatever you do.

For example there is no XP solution to use ION support for high bit rate HD mpeg-2 files, whereas Win 7 media player plays anything as long as you have the latest ION drivers. In fact I'm not sure any Linux solution can handle those files.
#16
What are peoples comments on this as a overall computer, keep looking at these but not 100% sure, are they as good as a normal pc without taking up the space, need a new one as laptop has had it, don`t really want to pay top dollar for another lap top so looking for something different, what is linux
#17
If you were to install XBMC to run at boot; would this be able to play 1080p? Or would you need to launch XBMC from within Linux to do that?
Cheers
#18
CuriousTurtle
I need to buy Eldest a new laptop for school. She's nearly 13. This will do pretty much anything, won't it?


No its not a laptop :)
#19
I really wish they would bring back the dual core version (also Linux, 1Gb with 160Gb HDD) that was available at this price towards the end of last year. I missed out on that one :-(
#20
The 1GB Revo with Linux has been this price for ages, so not really a hot deal. That aside, it is a super PC to own as it is small, almost silent and uses a fraction of the power of a normal PC. The wireless keyboard and mouse with it are good, and the PC has loads of USB ports e.g. for plugging an external DVD drive into.

I own the 2GB single-core Windows Vista version and it is very nice, the only downside it that it can't play BBC iPlayer HD unfortunately (it will play normal iPlayer).

If you can afford an extra £100, I would go for the £249.99 that Play.com sells as it has a dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and comes with Windows 7 pre-installed. 0.5% through Topcashback or Quidco too.
#21
oneellis
What is linux


Linux is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft Windows. Free and open source meaning that not only is it free to download but it is also free for you to modify the code. So you could change a few lines of code and call it 'Oneellis Linux' and no one could sue you for stealing their code.

Because anyone is free to alter the code there are many different versions of Linux. So when a computer simply says it comes with Linux this isn't all that helpful. This particular computer comes with a version of Linux called Linpus Lite, which is in turn based on another version of Linux called Fedora. Linpus Lite is not a very good thing at all, so people who buy this computer tend to one of two things... They either install Windows on it, or they install another version of Linux which is much better.

The most popular version of Linux, and the one regarded the easiest to use is called Ubuntu. http://www.ubuntu.com/ This is what most people are running when they talk about using Linux.

Lastly, its worth knowing that although Linux isn't very popular on home computers yet (about 1% market share) it is huge everywhere else. Linux powers all the servers for Facebook, google, wikipedia etc. It is also used in set top boxes, mobile phones and other appliances. Chances are you already own at least one gizmo in your house running on Linux. :thumbsup:
#22
Cuddy
I really wish they would bring back the dual core version (also Linux, 1Gb with 160Gb HDD) that was available at this price towards the end of last year. I missed out on that one :-(


If they did - it would not be at the same price - got mine from Insight at £145 delivered - incredible deal - wish I'd got another one.

Tricky to take apart and swap the HDD - you have to remove the heatsink and motherboard, so not for the squeamish! Memory is easier.
#23
Bought the dual core version end of last year with W7 on it. Hard drive was almost DOA (it ran, but clicked). My fault for even thinking about trusting Acer
#24
Have any of you owners actually measured the power consumption of this?

I am about to buy a netbook which uses about 12 Watts (including the screen, obviously).

Nettops such as this, (I am told) use 2 - 3 times that amount (without the screen).

Why this should be I don't really understand, because the processors have the same clock speed.

Any offers?
#25
lack of digital audio out here is a bit of a killer isnt it?

if your receiver hasnt got hdmi-in you're gonna need to get an external usb sound device to get dts outta this.
#26
Adamo
Bought the dual core version end of last year with W7 on it. Hard drive was almost DOA (it ran, but clicked). My fault for even thinking about trusting Acer


Bit harsh - You saying you have never made a mistake in your life? Things like this happen, welcome to this world. Every manufacturer in the world will have put out the odd faulty unit.
#27
markbargain
The 1GB Revo with Linux has been this price for ages, so not really a hot deal. That aside, it is a super PC to own as it is small, almost silent and uses a fraction of the power of a normal PC. The wireless keyboard and mouse with it are good, and the PC has loads of USB ports e.g. for plugging an external DVD drive into.



It doesn't come with a wireless mouse & keyboard.
#28
i got one of these about a month ago now , comes with wifi, wired keyboard and mouse and also a bracket so u can fit it on the back of ur monitor but mine is into my 42 hdtv via hdmi.
cant hear it at all , i have also put windows 7 ultimate and runs fine , plays bluray xvids , rips etc , hd movies no problem using the right codecs and windows media player classic.

worth every penny .
#29
IMO this is a better deal/VFM.
You get a lot more for the extra £90 (better CPU, RAM & HDD, W7 and Wifi KeyBoard and mouse)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172706
#30
May be out of price range for some but the dual core 4gb Win 7 is on Play

Play
#31
does this one have optical out? if it does, it may be the choice for me, replacing my wdtv
banned#32
Lifehacker had a guide for running xbmc on this not long back
worth a gander
#33
markbargain
The 1GB Revo with Linux has been this price for ages, so not really a hot deal. That aside, it is a super PC to own as it is small, almost silent and uses a fraction of the power of a normal PC. The wireless keyboard and mouse with it are good, and the PC has loads of USB ports e.g. for plugging an external DVD drive into.

I own the 2GB single-core Windows Vista version and it is very nice, the only downside it that it can't play BBC iPlayer HD unfortunately (it will play normal iPlayer).

If you can afford an extra £100, I would go for the £249.99 that Play.com sells as it has a dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and comes with Windows 7 pre-installed. 0.5% through Topcashback or Quidco too.


So this will struggle to play iPlayer HD, even if you add an extra gig of RAM?

Here's a guide on how to install XBMC Live on one of these. http://xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?t=53888

No Optical out

http://www.gadgetlite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/acer-aspire-revo-unboxing-engadget-08-490x325.jpg
#34
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167154 Your verdict on this one please. How much can you pick up an external cd/dvd player for these?
Mike.
#35
dsmuk
So this will struggle to play iPlayer HD, even if you add an extra gig of RAM?


If you install Windows you can use the new version of Flash that puts some of the heavy lifting of HD flash video onto the Graphics card. Without it, this box will struggle with HD Flash.
suspended#36
MPC-HC with coreavc 2.0 will allow gpu decoding for 1080p videos from within windows. Coreavc 2.0 should also allow gpu decoding from within Windows Media Player 12 (on win7).

There's just the problem of iplayer HD and probably youtube HD, but flash 10.1 beta and latest nvidia drivers might let you do this.
#37
Donkey Kong
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167154 Your verdict on this one please. How much can you pick up an external cd/dvd player for these?
Mike.


Is that not the same as this but with just 2gb of RAM?

Just seen this for a USB to optical sound out

http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/a56ak.jpg

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=34128&C=Froogle&U=34128&T=Module

but the costs start to add up there and this year the Boxee Box is set to launch and that looks like it could be good for less than $200
#38
deepmenace
lack of digital audio out here is a bit of a killer isnt it?

if your receiver hasnt got hdmi-in you're gonna need to get an external usb sound device to get dts outta this.


just what i was thinking.. sticking with Xbox XBMC for now (£20 :)

edit: don't care whether it's optical or coax but it needs some digital audio out if you have a good surround system.
anyone know if those USB to digital audio adapter thingies work well with Linux+XBMC?

lastly i wan't to say something to anyone thinking of running a media centre on windows.. don't waste your life. sincerely. i've had one since 2006 and despite the hardware being totally stable i'm constantly having to tweak software things (and learn how to script in AHK) in an ongoing effort to make it reliable. and it still craps out at the most awkard moments sometimes. take the time to learn how to run a linux based xbmc/boxee etc install and you'll be glad in the long run.
#39
Ok, i'm a bit confused...is this a suitable pc for an 8 year old?? I am on the lookout for a pc that can do the basics and maybe a bit more. It doesn't need to be all singing, all dancing. Can someone tell me if this will do the job? Also, is it wireless as no good to me if it's not. Thanks.
suspended#40
Misty-09;7700444
Ok, i'm a bit confused...is this a suitable pc for an 8 year old?? I am on the lookout for a pc that can do the basics and maybe a bit more. It doesn't need to be all singing, all dancing. Can someone tell me if this will do the job? Also, is it wireless as no good to me if it's not. Thanks.


It depends on what they are doing, if play crisis then no, if using ms office and firefox and watching videos then yes. There's no dvd drive remember.

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