Acer Aspire Revo R3610 (dual core) 9400 ION, Optical S/PDIF, 2gb ram 250gb --- Ebuyer --- £179.98 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Intel Atom N330
NVIDIA 9400 Ion Chipset
2GB RAM
250GB SATA HDD
Revo Multimedia keyboard & optical mouse
LAN Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
WLAN: 802.11 b/g
Linux (if you purchase your own copy of Windows, download the windows BIOS and flash it before you install windows)

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
Warranty
1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

Power Supply
65 W adapter with power cord
Dimensions
180 (L) mm
180(H) mm
30 (W) mm (withoutbezel)

Ebuyer video
http://video.ebuyer.com/182588
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2 Likes #1
If you want to put windows 7 on with offline activation (as if it were supplied by Acer) Look here posts 447-460.

I'll find the link for the overclocking. Sits at 1.8Ghz all day long.Here

More useful info compiled here by Majnu for you.
1 Like #2
Damn, picked one of these up last week for £200. Good little unit though. If you want to put windows xp on it then google "windows xp acer aspire revo" as you'll need to copy and modify the windows xp iso as the vanilla xp drivers won't detect the hard drive and the install will bluescreen, also make sure to install it from an external cdrom drive and not a usb key as xp tends to fail installation on a usb key, especially in this case. Also for smooth HD playback for MKV files etc you might want to look that up too. (I'm using the latest version of CoreAVC on mine as it utilizes the GPU as well as the CPU along with Media Player Classic Home Cinema)

nWindows Vista runs naff so avoid that and Windows 7 is the best idiot proof one. As for Linux I believe only Ubuntu has all the relevant drivers by default but I could be wrong.

(Below are the drivers for XP because they can be a pain to find)

Chipset (install these prior to the graphics card)
http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/nforce_winxp_15.46_ion_uk.html

Graphics Card Display Drivers
http://www.nvidia.com/content/DriverDownload-March2009/confirmation.php?url=/Windows/185.85/185.85_desktop_winxp_32bit_english_whql.exe&lang=us&type=GeForce

Audio (via hdmi only)
http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/hdmi_audio_xp_vista_win7_1.00.00.59_uk.html

Wireless Card
http://download.cnet.com/3001-2112_4-166602.html?spi=e1de22ec22c5bb3a855236e2b2c1bfde

Audio Card (Realtek)
http://download.cnet.com/3001-2120_4-10788584.html?spi=06b6792276aa0a1995c4c3164e3c0a03

Feel free to copy/paste this etc into any future revo threads as they seem to pop up a lot.
#3
Tempted by this - my desktop is so slow its unbelievable. I have had it forever though so not surprising. I'm also thinking that this is quite portable so I can connect it up to my 40" lcd and watch my movies via hdmi.
#4
It's fine for hd and older games but be warned that the processor is it's achilles heel. At only 1.6ghz it's sub-pentium 4 and although it's dual core, most of what you'll be trying to run is unlikely to take any notice of the 2nd core anyhow.
#5
Does this give out Dolby Digital 5.1 output through the optical out?
#6
Brand new
Does this give out Dolby Digital 5.1 output through the optical out?


yeah it does.

I am having to send mine back as the hdd seems to be dying. Clicks and squeeks like crazy. i got it for £200 last month. Great unit otherwise. Im running windows 7 and xbmc on it w/ a media centre remote
#7
Come on Ebuyer: Now drop the price of the Win7 version accordingly.

Not that fussed about Win7, but I want the wireless keyboard and mouse and £60 now seems an unreasonable premium for these.
#8
Mine has a very clicky, squeaky HDD too. otherwise its just perfect. HD MKV's through Media Player Classic are lovely (with the right codecs installed). HD iPlayer is lovely too.
#9
Can anyone comment as to whether this is any good for general web browsing / itunes / MS office? My current (old) PC seems to struggle on web browsing once I get a few tabs up, and really slows down when a few different applications are open (iTunes/Chrome/Excel). I don't use the PC for games or transcoding etc.
It would clearly excel at DLing due to the low power consumption, and HD playback - just wondering if I'm asking too much to expect it to do it all.

Cheers!
#10
Here is an awesome guide on how to install XBMC on an ION:

http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/xbmc-ion/

XBMC works almost as well on the Revo as it does on a mini-itx system.
#11
great price

payed 189.99 for one last week too!

gutted!

will it go any cheaper???????
#12
im waiting for the 4GB Ram to come down a bit more
#13
webmong
Come on Ebuyer: Now drop the price of the Win7 version accordingly.

Not that fussed about Win7, but I want the wireless keyboard and mouse and £60 now seems an unreasonable premium for these.

Yep I agree. Really want one, but with the wireless keyboard & mouse would be great.
Just want one for MKV playing and footy streaming. Still a shame it's not wireless n though.

When to dive in. that's the question.
#14
Must......resist.......
1 Like #15
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you want to put windows 7 on with offline activation (as if it were supplied by Acer) Look here posts 447-460.

I'll find the link for the overclocking. Sits at 1.8Ghz all day long.Here

More useful info compiled here by Majnu for you.


Thanks for the overclocking link. Just tweeked mine with that info and it's sat pretty at 1.7 Ghz at the mo - just into the redzone :thumbsup:

Installed the xbmc remote app on the Ipod touch last night and that seems to work quite nicely as a media controller. If anyones interest details here
#16
TDS
Can anyone comment as to whether this is any good for general web browsing / itunes / MS office? My current (old) PC seems to struggle on web browsing once I get a few tabs up, and really slows down when a few different applications are open (iTunes/Chrome/Excel). I don't use the PC for games or transcoding etc.
It would clearly excel at DLing due to the low power consumption, and HD playback - just wondering if I'm asking too much to expect it to do it all.

Cheers!


It should be fine, I've got a HD video open atm along with 9 windows in firefox. I am unsure about Itunes as I avoid it but my Open Office runs fine. I'm also running it at 1080p (1920*1080) through a 37" lcd screen so this is all running fine at full HD. My cpu usage at the moment is topping about 20% load and I'm using about 600mb of the 2gb of ram. Also as to the wireless keyboard and mouse, they're not really worth the extra in my opinion. Better off spending around £25 and getting a half decent set. The mouse is as basic and clunky as they come & whilst ok, the keyboard is a bit small and both are encased in a white plastic which attracts dust, hair etc, so it's always having to be wiped over with a cloth.

Edit: Should add it's been on for about 36 hours. I too get a little bit of noise from the hard drive but western digital's drive scanner app reports it as being healthy so I am guessing it's probably down to the angle it sits at in the case and the fact it's on it's side rather than a dodgy drive.
#17
Want one to run XBMC on but skint :-(
#18
Ichi
It should be fine, I've got a HD video open atm along with 9 windows in firefox. I am unsure about Itunes as I avoid it but my Open Office runs fine. I'm also running it at 1080p (1920*1080) through a 37" lcd screen so this is all running fine at full HD. My cpu usage at the moment is topping about 20% load and I'm using about 600mb of the 2gb of ram. Also as to the wireless keyboard and mouse, they're not really worth the extra in my opinion. Better off spending around £25 and getting a half decent set. The mouse is as basic and clunky as they come & whilst ok, the keyboard is a bit small and both are encased in a white plastic which attracts dust, hair etc, so it's always having to be wiped over with a cloth.

Edit: Should add it's been on for about 36 hours. I too get a little bit of noise from the hard drive but western digital's drive scanner app reports it as being healthy so I am guessing it's probably down to the angle it sits at in the case and the fact it's on it's side rather than a dodgy drive.


Thanks for that - very useful to hear 'real world' experiences. Have been holding off for a while, but may have to take the plunge...

It's interesting what you say about the wireless mouse/keyboard. I suppose they're so cheap nowadays that, as you say, you may as well buy seperately and get exactly what you want.

Cheers!
#19
TDS
Thanks for that - very useful to hear 'real world' experiences. Have been holding off for a while, but may have to take the plunge...

It's interesting what you say about the wireless mouse/keyboard. I suppose they're so cheap nowadays that, as you say, you may as well buy seperately and get exactly what you want.

Cheers!

Yep
Cheers for the info about the wireless mouse & keyboard.
#20
hot! hope this price stays like this for a week, going away on monday so cant really order til i get back!
#21
Looks interesting ... £60 cheaper than the win7 version - I've got a spare win7 that I was intending for something like this but when price diffential was £40 was going sell the win7 ... but as a sealed retail win7 is not going to get much more than £60 (after ebay costs etc) then may go for this.

Assume this still has the wired keybd/mouse as ooposed to wireless on win7 version?

Anyone know if the wireless kb/mouse on win7 version are any good ... I suspect that even if I got those I'd probably end up getting a wireless kd with built in trackpad so maybe its not an issue
#22
deshepherd
Looks interesting ... £60 cheaper than the win7 version - I've got a spare win7 that I was intending for something like this but when price diffential was £40 was going sell the win7 ... but as a sealed retail win7 is not going to get much more than £60 (after ebay costs etc) then may go for this.

Assume this still has the wired keybd/mouse as ooposed to wireless on win7 version?

Anyone know if the wireless kb/mouse on win7 version are any good ... I suspect that even if I got those I'd probably end up getting a wireless kd with built in trackpad so maybe its not an issue


See post 17
#23
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you want to put windows 7 on with offline activation (as if it were supplied by Acer) Look here posts 447-460.


Surely this isn't legal?
#24
This is gonna get hot. Thats an awsome price!!!
#25
StormB
Surely this isn't legal?


it isnt legal. Surprised that it's still there!
#26
Damn. Just got an opened box one last week at same price. I thought I was lucky.
#27
StormB
Surely this isn't legal?


Well I won't lie and say it is. You could send Microsoft the $60.48 (£39.57) and ask nicely for them to send you a COA sticker.
#28
"Linux (if you purchase your own copy of Windows, download the windows BIOS and flash it before you install windows)"

I never flashed the windows BIOS and just installed Windows 7.

Will that have a detrimental effect on how well the system runs?
#29
Coljj
"Linux (if you purchase your own copy of Windows, download the windows BIOS and flash it before you install windows)"

I never flashed the windows BIOS and just installed Windows 7.

Will that have a detrimental effect on how well the system runs?


No, I didn't change it either (stranded W7 install).
#30
very very tempted but would like to know why most people are running linux on it as ive never used it and all i really want it for is to play mkv's through hdmi, how would i be able to get the most out of this bad boy?
1 Like #31
harny
very very tempted but would like to know why most people are running linux on it as ive never used it and all i really want it for is to play mkv's through hdmi, how would i be able to get the most out of this bad boy?


Go with what you're comfortable with. A lot of people buy it with linpus linux (very basic linux os) on and then put windows on because linux is free and so the unit is cheaper due to no windows license. For HDMI MKV you'd probably be best with Windows 7 or XMBC. Linux isn't overly friendly to new users, not even the much appraised Ubuntu, you still need to learn some of the basic terminal commands and learn what program does what. I did put Suse then replaced it with Ubuntu on mine but then I decided there wasn't much point in dual booting with windows and so I just wiped them and now windows xp is my sole operating system. My advice is find the best OS to suit your needs and stick to it.
#32
If you are a total Linux newbie try using Linux Mint as it's much easier for non-geeks to install.
1 Like #33
harny
very very tempted but would like to know why most people are running linux on it as ive never used it and all i really want it for is to play mkv's through hdmi, how would i be able to get the most out of this bad boy?


You can install XBMC straight onto it instead of Linix and then it'll play everything you throw at it.
http://xbmc.org/
#34
Now back up to £199.
#35
julian_1234
Now back up to £199.


missed out again!!!!!!!!!!:x
#36
I was ready to buy it today and they put the price up, gutted but I won't getting it till its down again now :x.
#37
Seen this last night on my iphone in bed thought get that in the morning, price went up overnight.
#38
The price will be back down again at some point, this is just the pricing game that Ebuyer likes to play in conjunction with this forum.
#39
Coljj
"Linux (if you purchase your own copy of Windows, download the windows BIOS and flash it before you install windows)"

I never flashed the windows BIOS and just installed Windows 7.

Will that have a detrimental effect on how well the system runs?


WIndows 7 will run fine. When you install Windows 7 on the Linux BIOS, Windows will install with its Windows Registry set to using the hard disk in "Native IDE" mode which is what the Linux BIOS setting is for the hard disk. The Windows BIOS sets the harddisk to using AHCI mode so Windows 7 will install with its registry setting to AHCI. After having installed Windows 7 if you flash the BIOS from Linux version to Windows version, your Windows 7 would not boot up because the Windows registry is expecting "Native IDE" mode when the BIOS says "AHCI" mode. Then you can get Windows 7 to boot again by changing back to "NATIVE IDE" mode. AHCI theoretically gives you better disk performance than Native IDE mode but for a disk installed in the Acer the difference is not experienced in real life. ALso the Windows 7 "Experience Index" is exactly the same whether you use the disk in ACHI or Native IDE mode. If you had installed Windows 7 on the Linux BIOS and want then to change to AHCI mode. You can also alter the registry without having to reinstall Windows 7. Do this by setting msahci and iastorV values (just google for explanation) when you are booted in Windows 7. Once done the registry change the Linux BIOS to Windows BIOS.
But the bottomline is that you can Windows OS using Linux BIOS on the Acer with no apparent difference (possible slight increase in disk performance when your internal disk approaches 1 TB in size by upgrade).
#40
Haha, I nearly bought this... now the price has gone up. Think I'll go with the Slimline notebook afterall.

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