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Acer Aspire Revo R3610 Desktop PC - Ideal for Xbox media centre


Processor

* Intel® Atom™ 330 processor
* NVIDIA® ION™ chipset

Memory

* 2GB DDR2 800MHz
* 2 x soDIMM slot

Hard Drive

* 250GB SATA 3Gb/s

Optical Drive

* None

Software

* Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium


Graphics

* NVIDIA ION solution

Audio

* High-definition audio support

Input Devices

* Acer wireless keyboard and mouse

Networking

* LAN: Gigabit Ethernet,
* Wake-on-LAN ready
* WLAN: 802.11 b/g

Power Supply

* 65 W adapter with power cord
* PC 2001, ENERGY STAR® 5.0

Interfaces Front:

* Two USB 2.0 ports
* Multi-in-1 card reader
* High-definition headphone and microphone jacks

Rear:

* Four USB 2.0 ports
* DC-in jack
* Ethernet (RJ-45) port
* D-Sub VGA port
* HDMI™ port
* eSATA port
* Optical S/PDIF port

Expansion

* One Mini PCI Express® slot
* Multi-in-1 card reader, supporting: MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital™ (SD) Card, xD-Picture Card™, Memory Stick™




Great price for this PC

Alternatively, if you dont want Windows 7,

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236579

is probably a better deal to go for with ION2 graphics
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#1
Def agree, amazing for am XBMC setup although the R3700 is out now so would expect to see this drop a bit more.
#2
heat from me looks good
#3
great price - hot :)
#4
Excellent piece of kit! XBMC works a treat!
#5
guv
ms2005
Def agree, amazing for am XBMC setup although the R3700 is out now so would expect to see this drop a bit more.


Maybe... though the silly thing is this will do all you need! And the price has been reduced by £100 already!

For those unaware... take a look at this old thread in Misc - which focuses on an even older, single core machine.


It's been less than this before. Price has been fluctuating. I got mine for £180, it has been sodl for less.

By your example it would be even better to get a lesser revo model. One that isn't dual core and save yourself another £50 or so.
#6
Hot. I sold mine on eBay for £235 recently ... so this is hot for brand new. Takes a bit of fiddling to get XBMC setup nicely, but well worth the effort. Can't wait until I can afford to get one again.
#7
This is very cheap - I'd like to see a recent link from those who reckon they can get this with Windows 7 and 250Gb for less.
#8
Isn't this better for just £4 more?

Acer Revo 3700

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236579

Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz
2GB RAM
160GB HDD
No Optical Drive
NVIDIA ION 2
Wireless LAN
Linpus Linux
#9
guv
Jellybeans

It's been less than this before. Price has been fluctuating. I got mine for £180, it has been sodl for less.

By your example it would be even better to get a lesser revo model. One that isn't dual core and save yourself another £50 or so.


How long ago did you get yours? Ive not seen this as low as this inc W7 and 250GB drive. I paid this for mine without the OS and thought that was a good price (about a year ago)

I'd agree with the point you're making on single core - but that's not been available for yonks!


Got mine about a year ago I think. Came with Linux, but I uninstalled and played around with Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
#10
Im in the market for something like this, though its still on the tad expensive side. Is anyone thinking of selling theirs for a upgrade?

How easy is it to install XBMC? I love the multimedia stuff but aint no nowt about installing anything. I love me gadgets but have no idea about the nuts and bolts X) of hardware/software.

Like my other thread in misc, im essentially looking for something that can sit under my tv and I can browse the net, watch my movies etc via the tc tv connection.

so if anyone is thinking of selling theirs, please get in touch.

Edited By: EN1GMA on Dec 18, 2010 13:54
#11
Theres an 3700 for £200 (Linux)

Does this one come with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse? Cetainly looks like it.

Hot regardless
#12
Total newbie...How exactly do these work? Can I link this over my network so I can use it on my tv to watch all films stored on the hdd?
#13
Markedkiller78
Theres an 3700 for £200 (Linux)

Does this one come with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse? Cetainly looks like it.

Hot regardless


No from the description it says usb mouse/keyboard.
#14
EN1GMA
Im in the market for something like this, though its still on the tad expensive side. Is anyone thinking of selling theirs for a upgrade?

How easy is it to install XBMC? I love the multimedia stuff but aint no nowt about installing anything. I love me gadgets but have no idea about the nuts and bolts X) of hardware/software.

Like my other thread in misc, im essentially looking for something that can sit under my tv and I can browse the net, watch my movies etc via the tc tv connection.

so if anyone is thinking of selling theirs, please get in touch.


If you have the windows version. You just goto the XMBC website, download and install. As simple as that. Needs a little tinkering if you have Linux.
#15
guv
Jellybeans

Got mine about a year ago I think. Came with Linux, but I uninstalled and played around with Windows 7 and Ubuntu.


Yeh, you got yours about the same time as mine...... I did the same too, though I've never really bothered to boot to W7 - so for me, it was a bit pointless.


I bought it, purely as a test system and a simple media player. Needed to get back into Linux. It's sufficient for Windows 7.
#16
Is it available for Mac?

sorry guys, but im a total newbie on stuff like this so please pardon the simple questions oO

Im looking for something like whats in the title of the thread but its only for browsing the net,watching iplayer/4od, and watching my movies,pictures etc.

anyone recommend anything on the site which will suit my needs? Not looking for anything with a uber Hdd or anything as I have a external one.
#17
guv

Yes... you just tell it where any media is stored, set up the scrapers (so it gets all the film info and covers etc) and off you go. I KNOW you would love XBMC.

Mine is set up and connected to my 8TB server which contains, films, TV shows, photos and music. I intend on adding the games part at some point.


Sounds good, how do I set it up with XMBC? And set up scrapers, is there newbies guide somewhere I could have a read through
#18
+1

Love it
#19
Geting ready for the backlash............


Why buy this over a PS3 that can also play .mkv and other marlarke etc....
#20
romeospadre
Geting ready for the backlash............


Why buy this over a PS3 that can also play .mkv and other marlarke etc....


Since when can the ps3 play mkv??
#21
romeospadre
Geting ready for the backlash............


Why buy this over a PS3 that can also play .mkv and other marlarke etc....
Because this will play anything and XBMC console is better, more flexible and constantly updated by hundreds of people rather than being beholden to Sony for updates (can the PS3 play mkv natively yet?).

PS I'd get the R3700 for £200 if you plan on using it for XBMC as the main draw of this is the Windows licence which is useless if you are replacing the OS.

Edited By: alasrati on Dec 18, 2010 14:12
1 Like #22
romeospadre
Geting ready for the backlash............
Why buy this over a PS3 that can also play .mkv and other marlarke etc....

Well a PS3 doesnt really play mkv's properly. It often requires converting the audio of the HD video on your PC or setting up a media server which can transcode which nobody wants to do.

This could store the media, serve it to other machines and play the media. XBMC (or boxee) have great interfaces. XBMC has support for pretty much every codec under the sun, an if you have linux knowledge you can add codec support.
XBMC also has loads of plugins for everything from steaming content to gaming.

XBMC interface is also much nicer (IMO of course) and much better set out for being a HTPC. It also has scrubber (previously mentioned) that get all the info about your movies from cover art to blurbs, content ratings and actors.
http://pictures.xbox-scene.com/4/xbmc/actorthumbkz1.jpg
In essence its excellent for small or large film collections, wherever they are stored, whatever formats they are in (HD or SD) and whatever you want to watch them on (TV/Monitor/Projector/Headphones/Surround Sound/Amp)

Edited By: jacksonliam on Dec 18, 2010 14:16
4 Likes #23
Make sure you install the xbmc freak version. This will work out of the box for the Revo, without the hassles setting it up
http://www.xbmcfreak.nl/en/
Use these instructions
http://lifehacker.com/5391308/build-a-silent-standalone-xbmc-media-center-on-the-cheap

Although you can install it with windows, for speed I really recommend the Live version (linux).

Once you have installed it, install these plugins
Iplayer
ITV player
MSN Player (lots of channel 4 shows)
Grooveshark-Stream virtually any song from online )
NaviX (Streams high quality movies and TV shows for free)
#24
Forgot to add you can simply boot the live version off a usb stick, so there is no need to install it. But there are also proper linux, windows and Mac versions.

Although if you have got a mac, you might want to consider Plex instead
#25
Alaska Revisted only theme that I use, it's excellent!
#26
While all the XBMC pros are gathered, can anyone please recommend a remote that works with the Revo and XBMC with minimal faff? I specifically need one that will fast-forward properly (sometimes holding a key on the remote just sends that key repeatedly which isn't what the playback software expects, e.g. PS3 remote with Win 7 Media Center.)

guv
This a PC. You are comparing it with a toy.
That's not fair. The PS3 can run Linux (or at least it could until Sony nixed it, have they backtracked yet?) and its Cell processor makes it a beast for highly parallel computation e.g. Folding at Home.
#27
Im thinking of getting one of these with a dual-tuner USB DVB-T stick to make a more complete media-centre PC. Has anyone any thoughts on either the hardware (I assume I'd benefit from the slightly meatier CPU in the new Revos, although the loss of the e-sata will be a frustration) or the front-end (XBMC doesn't "do" live TV, much to my dismay).

I've experience getting older single-tuner USB DVB-T sticks working under linux, but must confess I dont fancy trying to repeat the experience. About a dozen kernel recompiles, messing about with firmware and then getting hardware video acceleration working on an Epia motherboard. I'm wincing just remembering it.
#28
Right reading through this and the other thread has made my mind up, i'm going to order one, i love my gadgets and this looks like a great bit of kit, just hope i can figutre out how to use it and install xmbc, how do i get that alaska skin?
1 Like #29
alasrati
While all the XBMC pros are gathered, can anyone please recommend a remote that works with the Revo and XBMC with minimal faff? I specifically need one that will fast-forward properly (sometimes holding a key on the remote just sends that key repeatedly which isn't what the playback software expects, e.g. PS3 remote with Win 7 Media Center.)


Any Harmony remote will work, you'll need a HP USB IR receiver from ebay too (£10)

This is a bargain at this price, bought one last year for XBMC and it works a treat, Cirrus is the best skin i've found

http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/ad156/crookas/Cirrus_1-1-5/Movie-Rightlist2.jpg

Edited By: daver77 on Dec 18, 2010 14:44
#30
souljacker
Right reading through this and the other thread has made my mind up, i'm going to order one, i love my gadgets and this looks like a great bit of kit, just hope i can figutre out how to use it and install xmbc, how do i get that alaska skin?


Install the latest Dharma RC2 and then you simply go to Add-Ons in the settings, and download from there! Dharma has made it very easy!
#31
alasrati
While all the XBMC pros are gathered, can anyone please recommend a remote that works with the Revo and XBMC with minimal faff? I specifically need one that will fast-forward properly (sometimes holding a key on the remote just sends that key repeatedly which isn't what the playback software expects, e.g. PS3 remote with Win 7 Media Center.)


also would like an answer to this (for the Live version in my case)
#32
daver77

Any Harmony remote will work, you'll need a HP USB IR receiver from ebay too (£10)


does this need to have line of sight?
#33
exStudent
souljacker
Right reading through this and the other thread has made my mind up, i'm going to order one, i love my gadgets and this looks like a great bit of kit, just hope i can figutre out how to use it and install xmbc, how do i get that alaska skin?


Install the latest Dharma RC2 and then you simply go to Add-Ons in the settings, and download from there! Dharma has made it very easy!


Ok thanks, and where do i get Dharma?
#34
I think it also worth mentioning that the R3610 is a great everyday usage computer as well. Mine stays on 24/7, managing my downloads at night and net use during the day and XBMC in the evenings. I even overclock it and play settlers from time to time (and loose a whole evening!).
#35
Cheers daver.

Is anyone using a PS3 remote with XBMC? How is it? Any glitches?
#36
So, does XBMC handle downloading too, or is it just a pretty overlay?

What would be the benefit from using this instead of...say a USB derive into a blu-ray player?
#37
joshtbh
daver77
Any Harmony remote will work, you'll need a HP USB IR receiver from ebay too (£10)
does this need to have line of sight?

theres an iPhone/iTouch XBMC remote app that you can use
#38
guv
joshtbh
daver77

Any Harmony remote will work, you'll need a HP USB IR receiver from ebay too (£10)


does this need to have line of sight?


Dunno... but if you have an android phone (free app) or iPhone, you can control it over the network. All info is available on screen just as it is on the TV and its a pucker remote control also.

Soul..... will you be using it JUST for media or as a PC too?

If just for media, go for the 3700 - but this if you want to run apps (which can definitely be useful especially as you know there will always be something on a PC you can run in linux XBMC


I was planning on just running it as a media centre, i've ordered this one now, is the other one the better option?

Can i cotrol this with my iphone then?! oO

Edited By: souljacker on Dec 18, 2010 14:54
suspended#39
romeospadre
Geting ready for the backlash............


Why buy this over a PS3 that can also play .mkv and other marlarke etc....


it uses alot less power than ps3
#40
GAVINLEWISHUKD
I think it also worth mentioning that the R3610 is a great everyday usage computer as well. Mine stays on 24/7, managing my downloads at night and net use during the day and XBMC in the evenings. I even overclock it and play settlers from time to time (and loose a whole evening!).


Just what I didn't want to hear :(

Just ordered.

Thanks guys for ruining my wife's Christmas :-0

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