Acer Aspire Revo R3610 Dual Core N330 2GB RAM 250GB HDD £169.77 Delivered @ ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Dropped the price by £10
Processor
* Intel Atom N330
* NVIDIA Ion Chipset
Memory
* 2GB RAM
* Expandable to 4GB
* 2 x soDIMM slot
Hard Drive
* 250GB SATA HDD
Optical Drive
* None
Software
* Operating System: Linpus Linux
* Acer Arcade Deluxe
* Acer eRecovery Management
* eSobi
Display
* Monitor Not Included
Graphics
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400 (NVIDIA Ion)
Audio
* No Speakers
* High Definition Audio Support
Input Devices
* Revo USB Multimedia keyboard & optical mouse
Networking
* LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
* WLAN: 802.11 b/g
* No Modem
Power Supply
* 65 W adapter with power cord
Dimensions
* 180 (L) mm
* 180(H) mm
* 30 (W) mm (withoutbezel)
Interfaces
Front:
* Two USB 2.0 ports
* Multi-in-1 card reader
* High-definition headphone and microphone jacks
* eSATA port
* Optical S/PDIF port
Rear:
* Four USB 2.0 ports
* DC-in jack
* Ethernet (RJ-45) port
* D-Sub VGA port
* HDMI port
Warranty
* 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
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#1
Good one, decent machine for media and file sharing.
#2
Would this be suitable to use as a NAS out of the box using external hdds connected by usb? Or is there a better (simple/free) operating system to install?
1 Like #3
BarGin
Would this be suitable to use as a NAS out of the box using external hdds connected by usb? Or is there a better (simple/free) operating system to install?


an old bt home hub would be a lot cheaper for a basic nas if u can live with only fat32
1 Like #4
maddogb
an old bt home hub would be a lot cheaper for a basic nas if u can live with only fat32
Nice suggestion thanks, but I would need gigabit ethernet and ntfs.
#5
BarGin
Would this be suitable to use as a NAS out of the box using external hdds connected by usb? Or is there a better (simple/free) operating system to install?


A bit overkill...the cheaper one with a N230 Atom would be more suitable...but still it has the Ion graphics...Intel GMA950 would be adequate and much cheaper.

This one is good enough for most Windows Gaming on low/medium detail levels.

It's a shame they don't sell the MSI Wind Nettop in the UK, as that would be perfect, is Hackintoshable, and would be about £100 or less by now.
#6
Thinking of using this as Media Center PC.

Is this dual core powerful enough to play hi def from BBC iPlayer?
Also. 1080p MKV?
#7
I use this as a HTPC running XBMC .. fantastic unit, 1080p plays just fine! Hot .. paid £20 more than this :(
#8
B_T
Thinking of using this as Media Center PC.

Is this dual core powerful enough to play hi def from BBC iPlayer?
Also. 1080p MKV?


BBC iPlayer plugin is a bit iffy at the moment since BBC changed the system!

I have the R3600, it plays back full bluray ISO's without any problems, and will play 1080p files flawlessly, top notch system for the price.

That's on both XBMC live and Windows 7 using Total Media Theatre 3 and XBMC for windows.
#9
This is a good deal, but make sure you wipe the *awful* Linpus Linux and install a decent 64-bit Linux or Windows instead. I bumped my Revo up to 4GB RAM (it's laptop RAM remember, so upgrades won't be cheap) and it works well as a media centre PC - no problem with HD content at all.
#10
Hot deal.
#11
BarGin
Would this be suitable to use as a NAS out of the box using external hdds connected by usb? Or is there a better (simple/free) operating system to install?


interested in this too, From what i've read I think i'd put linux on it and xbmc (not sure whether i'd install that to the internal hdd or run it from a usb key)

this has an esata port doesnt it? It would make it a pretty **** hot NAS really with gigabitE and esata, what does everyone think? Only thing i'm not sure on is what os i'd use to accomplish nas and xbmc :?
#12
BarGin
Would this be suitable to use as a NAS out of the box using external hdds connected by usb? Or is there a better (simple/free) operating system to install?


There is a mini Linux NAS vsersion. I cant remember the name but its what my HP NAS is largely based that should work on this PC to use it purely as a NAS.

Better still, get a dedicated NAS. You can get very good ones quite cheap now. Certainly will cost less than this PC and will have the kind of hardware designed to be on for months at a time.
1 Like #13
I love the way that the same questions get asked very time a Revo deal is posted... :whistling:
#14
http://lifehacker.com/5391308/build-a-silent-standalone-xbmc-media-center-on-the-cheap

Great article from Lifehacker on this type of machine and XBMC.
#15
Bought one on Wednesday for £179.99 :doh:

The iPlayer plugin (can't remember who wrote it) version 1.5 is absolutely fantastic in 7MC. Haven't tried it on the revo yet though.
#16
How fiddle-able are these things? Would I be able to stick in a SSD to make it living-room-friendly noise-wise? This looks to me to be the perfect HTPC solution, provided it's quiet.
#17
hymerman
How fiddle-able are these things? Would I be able to stick in a SSD to make it living-room-friendly noise-wise? This looks to me to be the perfect HTPC solution, provided it's quiet.


They're very quiet anyway (well except for mine, in which the hard drive seems horrendously clicky under any heavy load)
#18
Lot of info about using this as a media player with XBMC in a couple of past posts. Not exactly the same Revo in the second one but most info should apply.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/672469/acer-aspire-revo-r3610-dual-core-94?
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/613479/ebuyer-acer-the-aspirerevo-r3600-wi
#19
This is easily the best piece of hardware I ever (had my GF) bought. Wiped Linpus right away, installed Windows 7 Ultimate and used Easeus partition manager to shift the partition sizes about (Windows has one built in, but it's a bit crap).

Getting fed up of WDTV audio support issues and lip sync, I decided that I needed this instead. Installed XBMC Live on a USB drive, scraped my various TB's of media and away I went. It's fantastic!

I have absolutely no problems at all with BBC iPlayer in Windows 7 either, and the same goes for TVCatchup, which also has a plugin for WMC7.

Playing back 1080p mkv files in Windows is fine too (MPC-HC), but once in a while it sometimes stutters very very slightly, so I prefer using XBMC Live instead (bit picky about my film experience).

You can indeed shove an SSD inside these, but it's really not necessary to be honest. My last PC was mostly passive (inc PSU - Antec Phantom) but the Revo is really very quiet indeed. If you put your ear right up to it, you will hear the fan a little, but otherwise, you are hard-pressed to know it is even on.

6x USB 2.0
1x eSATA
Optical output
HDMI
ION (so Intel Atom + CUDA/VDPAU enabled Nvidia GPU)

Bit tought to find fault with mine. I use it for my music library, bridging my Xbox ethernet connection, streaming TV (no aerial in my current residence!), XBMC Live for movies, iPlayer for specific catchup and things like Messenger, browsing and the like are perfect if you up the default Windows font and icon sizes.
#20
so you have Win 7 on the internal hdd and XBMC live on a usb stick attached to it? How do you choose on screen which to boot from?
#21
joshtbh
so you have Win 7 on the internal hdd and XBMC live on a usb stick attached to it? How do you choose on screen which to boot from?


think that'll be done from the bios

anyone know what size hdd is used 2.5" or 3.5" in these little machines?
#22
joshtbh
so you have Win 7 on the internal hdd and XBMC live on a usb stick attached to it? How do you choose on screen which to boot from?


On startup, you press F12 for boot selection. Alternatively, you can set the BIOS to boot from USB first before internal HDD. This way, if I don't want to use XBMC, just remove the stick and let it boot to Windows.

Some people won't like the idea, but it's ideal for me. Hopefully grabbing a remote that has support to boot the machine too, which will be handy.
#23
thesilverfox
On startup, you press F12 for boot selection. Alternatively, you can set the BIOS to boot from USB first before internal HDD. This way, if I don't want to use XBMC, just remove the stick and let it boot to Windows.

Some people won't like the idea, but it's ideal for me. Hopefully grabbing a remote that has support to boot the machine too, which will be handy.


that's nice, I'm tempted to do exactly the same as you - did you use that hack to get the Revo windows license, or did you already have a copy of win 7?
#24
joshtbh
that's nice, I'm tempted to do exactly the same as you - did you use that hack to get the Revo windows license, or did you already have a copy of win 7?


I'm not sure what you mean about hack - it's simply standard within the BIOS. You will need a copy of Windows 7 yourself :thumbsup: Unless of course, you buy a Revo with Win 7 already installed!
#25
Thanks, ordered this. Heat added.

I assume it will work with Windows XP? Do I need any new drivers, and if so could someone point me in the direction of these?
1 Like #26
thesilverfox
I'm not sure what you mean about hack - it's simply standard within the BIOS. You will need a copy of Windows 7 yourself :thumbsup: Unless of course, you buy a Revo with Win 7 already installed!


there's a way of getting a free license for Win 7 on the revos, I cant for the life of me find the website though.
#27
markwills
Thanks, ordered this. Heat added.

I assume it will work with Windows XP? Do I need any new drivers, and if so could someone point me in the direction of these?


The older ones did, but not sure on the newer -- check the Acer website.

joshtbh
there's a way of getting a free license for Win 7 on the revos, I cant for the life of me find the website though.


Ah right - let us know if you find it :thumbsup: could be useful for folks who have no Win 7 kicking about. Rep.
#28
I have one of these running Windows 7 and Boxee. Runs quiet and had no problems with videos or iplayer.
Did put itunes on it but it slows down quite a bit. Doesn't seem to be able to cope with loads of things running in itunes such as playing music plus downloading then going into the store.
#29
Hot. I spent £10 more on this a week ago - damn! Thought the price was going to go back up, not down again! Oh well.

HIGHLY recommended. I wiped Linux and run XBMC Live from the HDD (installed via USB). If you install the latest Navi-X script you can stream almost anything via the net. Superb.

hymerman
How fiddle-able are these things? Would I be able to stick in a SSD to make it living-room-friendly noise-wise? This looks to me to be the perfect HTPC solution, provided it's quiet.


Mine is SILENT with the standard HDD. You can upgrade the HDD but it invalidates the warranty.
#30
exStudent
BBC iPlayer plugin is a bit iffy at the moment since BBC changed the system!

I have the R3600, it plays back full bluray ISO's without any problems, and will play 1080p files flawlessly, top notch system for the price.

That's on both XBMC live and Windows 7 using Total Media Theatre 3 and XBMC for windows.


Same here cannot get iplayer HD to playback without juddering.
BBC help/diagnostics says not enough bandwidth for HD steaming yet I am on 10mb Virgin BB
BBC suggested downloading to BBC iplayer desktop but still the juddering I am told that desktop playback uses Adobe AIR and not flash so doesn't utilise the hardware graphics acceleration
#31
can we watch an online movie with this configuration and can we connect to TV
1 Like #32
Hot!

If installing XBMC as the OS can this act like a NAS so I can share its files with other networked PCs?

Also wondered if this could do wake on lan or similar so it uses minimal power when not in use?
1 Like #33
joshtbh
interested in this too, From what i've read I think i'd put linux on it and xbmc (not sure whether i'd install that to the internal hdd or run it from a usb key)

this has an esata port doesnt it? It would make it a pretty **** hot NAS really with gigabitE and esata, what does everyone think? Only thing i'm not sure on is what os i'd use to accomplish nas and xbmc :?


run it off the hard drive - you'll get much better performance. i actually built an ion box using a zotac motherboard, but in all honesty this would have done the trick for me just as well, and i'm quite tempted to sell my system off and buy one of these little boxes instead.

there's a dedicated iso from the xbmc freak website for ion chipsets, and it worked out of the box for me on my hardware, so i would imagine it would work for this as well.

one thing i'd recommend to go with it is an xbox 360 wireless controller for the pc - you need to do a little bit of work to get it working, but when you do you've basically got xbmx with a wireless xbox controller, and that's by far the best way to use it.
#34
do you mean the actual controller or the wireless media remote?

top post blades, rep
#35
Is this fast for web browsing etc? my dad has an old computer and this seem a good cheap system for him to replace it with.
#36
Dam.... got this a months of so ago at £189, great system!
#37
purchased thanks :)
#38
Theres a post on this forum somewhere explaining how to upgrade the bios to slic 2.1 and then instal windows 7 which self activates. Thats what i did to mine, works fine.
1 Like #39
joshtbh
there's a way of getting a free license for Win 7 on the revos, I cant for the life of me find the website though.


Have a read here posts 447-460.:thumbsup:
#40
Lupeto
This one is good enough for most Windows Gaming on low/medium detail levels.

That's a bit of stretch !

By no means is this suitable as a games machine - it'll just about cope with some modern titles at the lowest detail levels and resolution, and as a result they'll look like games from a decade ago...

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