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Acer Aspire Revo R3610 £199.97 @ ebuyer

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6y, 2m agoFound 6 years, 2 months ago
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Acer Aspire Revo R3610 Desktop PC

Intel Atom 330
2GB RAM
160GB HDD
Wired Keyboard and Mouse
NVIDIA ION
WLAN
Linux

This is the dual core Atom 330 version. Dropped in price by £30. Most retailers still have the single core at this price

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banned#1
Ebuyer sometimes drop this to £189 so worth keeping an eye on
#2
Yep I got this from ebuyer a couple of weeks ago when it was £189, I think a while before that they were knocking them out for £169. Great unit, I use as a htpc running xbmc.


Edited By: technoflump on Sep 20, 2010 17:33: typo
#3
I've got it running xbmc as well (Weel I've got a 3600 doing that in the bedroom)

Now need another unit for the lounge.
#4
The dual core 330 version hasn't been £169 has it?
#5
Nice machine, it has been this price for a while though. Is it me or did there used to be loads of Revo deals about, but now only Ebuyer really seem to sell it and the deals are not so good?

Presumably the best thing to do with this is to put the latest version of Ubuntu Linux onto it? Does anyone know where to get this on a USB flash drive? (as the Revo doesn't have a DVD drive)
#6
Use unetbootin. Can take any iso and make a bootable usb drive from it. It's how I've done my previous one. (it's also free)

Also I've yet to see the dual core at this low a price. The single core 3600 yes, but not this one.

Unless I just missed that deal :(

Edited By: mellowdrifter on Sep 20, 2010 17:45: add free
#7
The dual core is often £189 and the single core has been £139.
#8
Well I wasn't sure if it was the dual core for £169 as it was a few months ago but it may have been. I put Windows 7 on mine and it runs great, the linux distro it comes with the worst thing I have ever seen so you really got to change it at all costs lol.
#9
Got my sister one of these about 6 months ago for £189, linux distro that comes with it is awful and the wireless network won't even work on it at all... then used ubuntu, but had problems with having to switch between optical and normal audio (well I didn't, but my sister could never remember what to do)
So now have it running win7 and xbmc latest beta.. very easy to switch between audio output and has been able to play everything fine with only occassional glitch, but no big deal.
#10
I bought a single core one 2GB with Windows Vista and a wireless controller for £199.99 from Play.com at the turn of the year, then sold the controller on Ebay for £40! I know this one has a dual-core processor, but it has Linux rather than Windows so I'm not sure it is a hot deal. Hopefully the price will drop soon!
#11
This is about the normal price for the 160gb linux model
I only paid £204 for the 250gb model with windows 7 from maplins when they got rid of their stock.
#12
So what sort of a deal is this, normal price. Wow
#13
mikerr
The dual core 330 version hasn't been £169 has it?


Not only dual core, but eBuyer were once selling the 250GB HDD Linux model for £169.77 (I've got it added to "My Catalogue"). Unfortunately that particular version is no longer being sold.
#14
One of my best ever buys. Xbmc hdmi to the telly - just amazing.
1 Like #15
markbargain
Presumably the best thing to do with this is to put the latest version of Ubuntu Linux onto it? Does anyone know where to get this on a USB flash drive? (as the Revo doesn't have a DVD drive)

Optional step: Backup Linpus linux from Revo
Then:

Download .iso of your choice
Use either unetbootin or Pendrivelinux to make a bootable USB stick

Choose USB stick as boot device when starting Revo
Install linux
#16
i bought the 3610 for £150 around 12months ago or more so not really a good price and before some smart **** asks me if im sure yes i am. Its a dual core with hyper threading and 2gb memory which i upped to 4gb and wirelessN and it was off HUKD and im using it now, i use it as my media server with loads of external HDD plugged in and windows7 ultimate and i control it with remote desktop as its a headless unit.
#17
steviecross
So what sort of a deal is this, normal price. Wow


Its a **** deal, remember me buying this for £149.99 over a year ago you should of got one then as its worth more now than they where all that time ago. Stick with readynas its a lot easier than messing around with this.
#18
polly69
steviecross
So what sort of a deal is this, normal price. Wow


Its a **** deal, remember me buying this for £149.99 over a year ago you should of got one then as its worth more now than they where all that time ago. Stick with readynas its a lot easier than messing around with this.


Err, it also does alot more than a ReadyNAS. Most of the people buying this are doing so because it's a PC (and thus capable of running XBMC and other goodness), not as a very expensive NAS!
#19
polly69
steviecross
So what sort of a deal is this, normal price. Wow


Its a **** deal, remember me buying this for £149.99 over a year ago you should of got one then as its worth more now than they where all that time ago. Stick with readynas its a lot easier than messing around with this.


Why do people always quote old prices to decide on new deals? I bought 4GB of RAM over a year ago for £32, does that mean a deal on 4GB at £50 is a bad deal today? No it doesn't, because the prices of things change and time travel hasn't been invented yet.
#20
Im waiting for version 2 the acer revo 3700 due out this year apparently.
#21
Weenie Beenie
polly69
steviecross
So what sort of a deal is this, normal price. Wow


Its a **** deal, remember me buying this for £149.99 over a year ago you should of got one then as its worth more now than they where all that time ago. Stick with readynas its a lot easier than messing around with this.


Why do people always quote old prices to decide on new deals? I bought 4GB of RAM over a year ago for £32, does that mean a deal on 4GB at £50 is a bad deal today? No it doesn't, because the prices of things change and time travel hasn't been invented yet.


What is the point of putting items as bargains when they are normal price. We may as well all start doing that, not very difficult is it.
#22
Acer have announced a new version of the Revo, with a black case, so the R3610 is now at the end of its life.

I bought a refurbished version with Windows 7 and wireless keyboard and mouse on ebay for £170, and it was as new, so this is not a good deal in my opinion, as the Windows 7 licence alone is worth £50-£60.
1 Like #23
Few things...

This pack contains a wireless keyboard and mouse which the old ones didn't. These go for around £15 on ebay - so effectively costing £185.

The new Revo isn't a replacement it's a new product - has an optical drive etc. and costs £4-500. There will be a new iteration of this product out soon tho with the new ION chipset/Atom CPU. Although for xbmc it won't really make any difference whatsoever :)

But yeh - this is the standard price and has been posted on here before :p
#24
the best thing is to have a friend who's a compulsive buyer. then when he's bored he sells them for around half the price. I bought the 3610 with 250gb & windows 7 for £130 X)
#25
I need to keep an eye on this!
#26
bez
Few things...

This pack contains a wireless keyboard and mouse which the old ones didn't. These go for around £15 on ebay - so effectively costing £185.

The new Revo isn't a replacement it's a new product - has an optical drive etc. and costs £4-500. There will be a new iteration of this product out soon tho with the new ION chipset/Atom CPU. Although for xbmc it won't really make any difference whatsoever :)

But yeh - this is the standard price and has been posted on here before :p


Erm it says its a wired one on this post and on the ebuyer website ?
#27
I have the single core version (3600) with 2.5Gb ram running Windows 7 and Mediaportal as a mediacentre connected to my TV. The single core is great and enough for most things! Encoding and streaming live TV to my iPhone is a bit of a struggle though lol! Runs 1080p mkvs with the correct codecs absolutely flawlessly. Seriously couldn't rate it high enough.

That said, this isn't a great price to be honest. Wait for the new one to come out and this will drop as stores get rid.

Just my thoughts!
Phil
#28
I got one of these when they are £179 earlier in the year.

Stuck on Windows 7, changed the bios to use 512meg for gfx and put the latest XBMC on, so it uses the ION gfx drivers and it plays everything. (the Dharma Beta 2) is the way to go now.

Pointed it at my NAS, and now I have all my film and tv in a nice interface compared to my old WDTV etc and less hassle of my old Popcorn A110

Also with plug ins I use it with SABNzb, couchpotota and a few other bits and bobs, really does everything.

Along with being a normal PC I can use if I need be, via a long VGA lead and a wireless keyboard and mouse for dual output.
#29
Don't know what Ebuyer are doing with their Revos. Originally they had one which was normally £189, often dipped to £179 and end up at £169. Then they dropped that and introduced a "new" version which seemed to be exactly the same except it had the wireless keyboard which was around the £189 level (i.e. came in £20 more than the wired kb-ed one - suppose can almost justify this as the price of the wireless kb/mouse). Then this was recently dropped for the new new version mentioned here which intro-ed at £229 and has now come down to the "sale price" of £189 .... only change seems to be going back to wired kb + (at least from the product spec) the addition of some windows software - which seems very odd for a linux machine! (N.b. there's an important point here - its a Linux version that Ebuyer are selling ... I think other places are selling the Win7 version which will clearly be more expensive)
[Correction: just looked at the Ebuyer description and they've now removed the list of additional windows software from the description]

If the price goes back down to £179 then I'd be very interested but at the moment for me this is cold and it seems Ebuyer have been modifying the specs so that they can change the "normal price" to be £30 above what they really want to sell at.

Edited By: deshepherd on Sep 21, 2010 09:56: ebuyer have changed their spec
#30
phatbhoy
One of my best ever buys. Xbmc hdmi to the telly - just amazing.


Curious, how fast is the boot time using XBMC on this? Also, what do you use as the remote?
1 Like #31
I got this in May for the B/Day from the missus - she paid £180 for it, but it had 250GB HDD not 160GB.

Note, that the KB&Mouse combo are wired. I threw mine in the bin, as they were useless to me and too much hassle shoving on eBay. And they don't look all that great.

Have Windows 7 installed to mine, as I got a bit fed up of the bootable USB pen drive XBMC Live. Instead, I'm running the Windows version of XBMC from the nightly builds.

Now, while XBMC Live runs a little smoother (barely a gnats tadger in it), the advantage for Windows for me was huge - mainly that I can use my iPhone to control my Revo using Mobile Airmouse. I've also customised the software for XBMC, so that the Revo uploads the controls to my iPhone (or any iPhone connected with the app), so that you can play, pause, skip etc, using a specific "media" type of interface.

No need for keyboard or mouse when watching films, so the Revo hides out of sight.

Boot times are excellent - cannot fault it at all. I have 4.5TB of external HDDs plugged in to it and they power up/down with the Revo itself, which saves getting up (this is due to the HDD supporting this feature).

1080p files up to 30GB have been tested on mine and it never skips a beat. I used to have a WDTV player, but this is far better for me personally due to codec support and other versatility :)
#32
mike_6480
The dual core is often £189 and the single core has been £139.

The single core has been £129...about 7-8 months ago.

Anyways this is always around £190 so hardly a deal. Been around this price up and down since xmas.
#33
robo989
mike_6480
The dual core is often £189 and the single core has been £139.


The single core has been £129...about 7-8 months ago.

Anyways this is always around £190 so hardly a deal. Been around this price up and down since xmas.


Well, the 250GB Linpus version has always been around this price, but not the 160GB. However, seeing as they are getting harder to acquire ...
#34
Cold I'm afraid. I know it's the cheapest R3610 currently available, but I'm also considering that it's been £169 already this year, and is frequently at £179 & £189.

Still an excellent machine. I reckon the price will drop again soon though.
#35
Where can I get a Windows version from??
#36
Man reading all these replies is making me want to go and buy one to replace my popcorn hour!!! Are there any good forums to read up on these machines. I know I could google, but if you have any recommendations on the best forums...

Thanks!
#37
at the moment, it seems pretty hard to find this product anywhere else.
I am confused whether I should wait for the R3700 to come out so price drops on R3610, or grab it before it becomes out of stock and I am forced to by R3700 at ~£400
1 Like #38
AVForums has a rather extensive thread about the Acer Revo ... part 2 starts here:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/home-entertainment-pcs/1212891-acer-aspire-revo-owners-thread-part-2-a.html
#39
Great, thanks!
#40
Traveller
Great, thanks!


No bother.

There's a LOT of useful (and not so useful) information through those pages. Don't feel silly if you post obvious questions without reading the whole thing, because it happens all the time and friendly people answer happily.

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