I wanted to share this with ya, because i think some of ya may be interested in this.
I've had various types of media centres for a while, pretty much all of them i've been dissapointed with to a degree. My xbox with XBMC coming closest to what i wanted.
Finally - few months ago what i wanted became a reality :)
The Acer Revo (A Nettop):http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167153
With an ION GPU, 270 Atom CPU and 1GB of RAM for £149.99 inc delivery..
What is incredible though, is it can run not only 720p without any problems.. But also 1080p.. Which i find astonishing. Nvidia ION really is impressive.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf5h6QxFleE
(Nice video here showing 1080p performance)
It's as easy as buying it.. Whack XBMC Live on it (You boot from a USB Stick, installs a light version of linux and XBMC).. Then away to you, boots up and goes straight into XBMC.
Of course you have to do a couple of tweaks to get perfect performance, change shared memory with CPU in BIOS.. Add a couple of lines to a file to get the right hsync, vsync and modelines for your TV etc.. But thats about it.
I bought a Microsoft MCE Remote for it for £10 second hand.. You can easily add another 1GB of RAM if you wanna put Windows 7 on it as a dual boot, that way you get better performance in windows.. I'm running 1GB on mine atm and it's perfect on XBMC, i do have an extra 1GB coming though so Windows 7 is snappy
I can't just believe the performance to price point.. £149.99.. I'm godsmacked and so far chuffed to bits with my new media centre :)