Acer Aspire Revo R3700 Nettop for £169.94 @ Ebuyer
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Acer Aspire Revo R3700 Nettop for £169.94 @ Ebuyer

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Found 30th Apr 2012
Just noticed that Ebuyer have reduced the above even further to just £169.94 delivered! Bargain!

The Aspire Revo R3700 Nettop is an ultra-slim and compact Nettop that can stand discreetly on a desk or easily mount to the back of select Acer monitors, saving loads of space while providing HD multimedia entertainment.

Sleek any-room Nettop
Whether tucked away on a corner of your desk or nicely concealed on the back of your monitor, the Aspire R3700 makes the perfect everyday Nettop for cruising the Internet, doing your daily work, staying connected via instant messaging, and enjoying photos, music, videos and more.

Mini powerhouse
The Aspire R3700 is small but powerful, fueled by today's latest miniprocessor matched by an advanced NVIDIA graphics chipset plus fast DDR3 memory, in addition to HDMI connectivity for enjoying lifelike imagery on a large external display or TV screen. Six USB ports and a card reader (depending on model) make transferring your photos and other files as fast and easy as ever.
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After seeing my older 3610 model that I have set up as a HTPC using XBMC, a friend of mine bought one of these to use as the 3610 had been discontinued. It originally took some extra config to get it up and running perfectly (using Ubuntu with XBMC on top) but with the latest XBMC it was a breeze - we even rebuilt it a couple of weeks ago using XBMCbuntu and everything was fine out of the box except sound which took a simple tweak to get working. They are great for this purpose as they handle everything with ease and at this price it really is a bargain! I'm even tempted to get a second one now...
Got one for £199.99 previously and it's awesome.
Yeah certainly a good price, I previously had the original 3600 and that had struggled with some 3D files I was throwing at it so ended up selling (at a profit, 2 years after I bought it) and building my own.

Would be tempted to pick up one of these if I needed it though.
I have one of this and it's great!!!

My "dilemma" now is whether should I sell this off and get a Microserver? Reason of this thought is I would like to to a min 2 bay NAS (Synology DS212 my choice now for backup and content server.

Should I go with the Synology or combine my media streaming & server with the Microserver?

Many thanks.
There is no doubt that these types of system are a bit of a luxury for a media centre, when considering the price of dedicated hardware for such things, but personally if you can afford it I would recommend it if only to have some incarnation of XBMC as your interface with your media library.
Personally use OpenElec on an emachines er1401 which is amazing. Recommend if you get this system you check out OpenElec.
£40 less and it would be about right. Not voted. The 1401 dual core athlon for £99 blows this out the water though, shame they're not around for that price.
jaydeeuk1

£40 less and it would be about right. Not voted. The 1401 dual core … £40 less and it would be about right. Not voted. The 1401 dual core athlon for £99 blows this out the water though, shame they're not around for that price.



Yep, that's the deal I got
Can I stick a SSD into it?
ah_heng

Should I go with the Synology or combine my media streaming & server with … Should I go with the Synology or combine my media streaming & server with the Microserver?



I used to have a QNAP TS-219P+ but wanted more bays and functionality so back when the n36l was on offer and had the cashback available, I snapped one up and sold my QNAP NAS. I haven't looked back since. If you're comfortable with playing around then the Microservers are great little boxes. I'm running Ubuntu on mine and have it acting as a NAS and streaming my media amongst other tasks.
fotocopy

Can I stick a SSD into it?



Yes you can. However, you have to void the warranty to crack it open (didn't bother me) but it's easy to do.
Thanks for the answer. Is 4GB maximum RAM that we can have?
I'm planning to buy this for my mum, she uses a lot of photoshop and keeps dozens of tabs open all the times! Is this a good choice?
I will however swap the HDD to SSD
scokem

I used to have a QNAP TS-219P+ but wanted more bays and functionality so … I used to have a QNAP TS-219P+ but wanted more bays and functionality so back when the n36l was on offer and had the cashback available, I snapped one up and sold my QNAP NAS. I haven't looked back since. If you're comfortable with playing around then the Microservers are great little boxes. I'm running Ubuntu on mine and have it acting as a NAS and streaming my media amongst other tasks.



Thanks scokem. I guess I might go down your route But need some time to get used to WHS as I am not so much into Linux. Another thing I wanna set up is a VPN server, which I read it's easily doable with the Synology set. Wonder how much harder could it be on a Microserver?

Thanks...
fotocopy

Thanks for the answer. Is 4GB maximum RAM that we can have?I'm planning … Thanks for the answer. Is 4GB maximum RAM that we can have?I'm planning to buy this for my mum, she uses a lot of photoshop and keeps dozens of tabs open all the times! Is this a good choice?I will however swap the HDD to SSD



The short answer is no, this would not be a great machine. The reason they are prized as great media centers is their onboard graphics card (taking most of the strain).

CPU wise your getting the same as a netbook, which although can run Photoshop (as I do on my netbook) it is slow. You would be far better IMO keeping an eye on SCH trade schtrade.co.uk/des…ps/ and get a refurb (that what I did for my Nan)
Edited by: "abfmdf" 30th Apr 2012
Does this have an S/PDIF port on the front as pictured on the eBuyer site? The eBuyer reviews suggest otherwise. Can this do Dolby Digital 5.1 via the S/PDIF? Can it do HD master audio (asking too much)? Could I plug my external USB 3.0 Blu-Ray player into one of the USB ports and use it successfully (having installed Windows 7)? Cheers.
Really tempted. Not sue whether to go for ATV2 or ATV3 (if / when jailbreak arrives) or this. Do you have to buy a separate remote IR sensor or does this have one built in. I guess it could also be dual booted?
Will this play 1080p? been umming and ahhing when it comes to the nettops, orignially tempted by the leveno one. Or buying the Antec Media case (have a duel core amd 64bit 3200xp computer sitting round doing nothing that i can use as guts) ends up working out about the same price.

Would also like to use it as a mini NAS too.
Very tempted but a couple of weeks early for me really. Fed up with the Netbook media centre though as I can barely handle 720p and now I'm onto Blu Ray ripping could do with something 1080p capable so would also like clariffication with regards to its 1080p playback ability as I seem to recall reading that these will do it, but only through Windows with the graphics acceleration.

Not sure if this is correct or not but something that has stuck in my head from previous/similar topics so would be good to hear yays or nays from owners as from the comments, it seems there are a few about!

Many Thanks
But... Its not an iPad.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Towelie

...would also like clariffication with regards to its 1080p playback … ...would also like clariffication with regards to its 1080p playback ability as I seem to recall reading that these will do it, but only through Windows with the graphics acceleration.



Yes it handles 1080p just fine. I have had it running with Ubuntu and XBMC on top and the latest XBMCbuntu outputting 1080p without any issues. Just make sure you have VDPAU enabled.
scokem

we even rebuilt it a couple of weeks ago using XBMCbuntu and everything … we even rebuilt it a couple of weeks ago using XBMCbuntu and everything was fine out of the box except sound which took a simple tweak to get working.


I did the very same with my 3700 last week, and had to do the same tweak, but after that everything runs smoothly
(just make sure you realise everything is case sensitive when adding code )

Mine streams from my Proliant server

Great bit of kit, and with XBMCbunto/Live very wife friendly
scokem

Yes it handles 1080p just fine. I have had it running with Ubuntu and … Yes it handles 1080p just fine. I have had it running with Ubuntu and XBMC on top and the latest XBMCbuntu outputting 1080p without any issues. Just make sure you have VDPAU enabled.



Nice one dude, sounds straight forward enough and I'm presuming you can just install this over Linux that is already on it by booting from a USB stick?

I'd think to think I'm fairly switched on compared to average Joe at this kind of thing but I must admitt my ignorance as I have never strayed from Windows so always a bit aprehensive about a different OS but I would just this as something to run XBMC through and also use as a browser for TV.

Nice one dude, sounds straight forward enough and I'm presuming you can … Nice one dude, sounds straight forward enough and I'm presuming you can just install this over Linux that is already on it by booting from a USB stick?



The linux distro that it comes with is Linpus I believe (absolutely pants imo) - I only saw for all of about 10 seconds when I first ever booted the kit after it arrived to check the hardware was ok before I went messing with it.

If you want a full desktop experience available as well as XBMC then you can go for Ubuntu then install XBMC from the software centre. If you want it to be a lightweight install (but still with a basic desktop available) then go for XBMCbuntu as it's a tailored Ubuntu build designed with HTPC functionality as the main attraction.

Whichever solution you decide to go with, download the iso for the build you want and use Unetbootin to create a bootable USB stick then install it from there.
scokem

If you want it to be a lightweight install (but still with a basic … If you want it to be a lightweight install (but still with a basic desktop available) then go for XBMCbuntu as it's a tailored Ubuntu build designed with HTPC functionality as the main attraction.Whichever solution you decide to go with, download the iso for the build you want and use Unetbootin to create a bootable USB stick then install it from there.


after doing that if you don't get audio over HDMI do read this thread - forum.xbmc.org/sho…134

That is the above tweak we spoke about to get audio over HDMI if yours' doesn't work out of the box, and again, make sure when you enter the custom settings ("plughw:1,3") you use lower case letters and not as he suggests upper case, it is case sensitive.
Thanks again. Don't think I'm going to jump on with this very deal but maybe in a couple of weeks so definitely worth a bookmark as it is something that I will definitely be in the market for shortly and you've both given some great info here that will be a help when I get one so ta very much
Towelie

Thanks again. Don't think I'm going to jump on with this very deal but … Thanks again. Don't think I'm going to jump on with this very deal but maybe in a couple of weeks so definitely worth a bookmark as it is something that I will definitely be in the market for shortly and you've both given some great info here that will be a help when I get one so ta very much


not a problem, they are a great little bit of kit, very simple to use, and a very nice interface (with XBMC).

glhf
Great price - have just bought one of the Lenovo Q180 versions after a lot of deliberation, with onboard blue ray drive - this has rattled my cage a little as the lower price makes this seem like even more of a bargain even if it is without dvd/blue ray drive.
Hi,

I was wondering if someone could clear a few things up for me. Is there a reason why people run ubuntu etc on these nettops instead of windows 7? is it just because its free or are there any performance benefits etc? Can anyone confirm if it runs large 1080p mkv's with ease? i.e. completely smooth?

Also, are they silent running?

thanks
Edited by: "adamski88" 1st May 2012
People that plan on watching Netflix on this, it won't handle HD! I bought this one a month back for 199 with more memory and wireless mouse/keyboard, seems to be sold out now though.

Anyway, put Windows 7 64 on with ease using Microsoft's USB boot tool, works great, seems like a quick machine too. XBMC runs full HD fine and connected to the spdif audio gives superb surround sound, pity the spdif port is on the front though. Its fanless so completely silent, I can't even hear the HDD spooling up. Being fanless I installed Speedfan to monitor temperatures but even after a full movie the temps only reach 34 degrees per core, when browsing the web it drops to below 10 per core lol runs very cool! Annoying issue is MS Silverlight which is what Netflix uses to stream, the processor cannot handle HD so you have to turn down the quality in Netflix settings. Apparently Silverlight 5 addresses the issues but I've installed a BETA version and it still stutters on HD.

Anyway, still love this HTPC and use it daily, as does the mrs, cracking device and well worth the cash for a decent HTPC.
I have one of these. Run Windows 7 Ultimate, and it's a media / downloading server along as a media player. I use XBMC, and it runs anything and I mean ANYTHING you throw at it.

I am not however sure that this is better than the other media machines you can get on ebuyer now for much closer to the £100 mark. A friend of mine got an emachines ER1401 for like £120 and it's faster than my Revo...
Edited by: "ReflexReact" 1st May 2012
ReflexReact

I have one of these. Run Windows 7 Ultimate, and it's a media / … I have one of these. Run Windows 7 Ultimate, and it's a media / downloading server along as a media player. I use XBMC, and it runs anything and I mean ANYTHING you throw at it.I am not however sure that this is better than the other media machines you can get on ebuyer now for much closer to the £100 mark. A friend of mine got an emachines ER1401 for like £120 and it's faster than my Revo...



emachines ER1401 no longer sold by Ebuyer and I can't see anything close to the Revo for around £100 ?
Worth searching on a well known auction site for the emachine er1402
they did a 4gb version with wireless keyboard/mouse last time i had a looked at these, cant seem to find it on the website no more...
was just under £200
Edited by: "mrT786" 1st May 2012
martinconroy

Worth searching on a well known auction site for the emachine er1402


er1402 is only single core CPU, er1401 is dual so prob best get that one if you can find them anywhere
my er1402 with 4gb ram upgrade is on ebay if somebody wants a cheaper alternative..
ins1337

my er1402 with 4gb ram upgrade is on ebay if somebody wants a cheaper … my er1402 with 4gb ram upgrade is on ebay if somebody wants a cheaper alternative..



Spam...
mrT786

they did a 4gb version with wireless keyboard/mouse last time i had a … they did a 4gb version with wireless keyboard/mouse last time i had a look at these, cant seem to find it on the website no more...


My guess is that the 3700 has been discontinued due to the release of the new RL70 which is why the spec you're referring to isn't available and why there has been the price reduction on this spec.

If you're planning on using one of these as an XBMC box then 4GB is overkill anyway (the 2GB model is fine) and you can always pick up a wireless mouse and keyboard separately - you can even get the Acer set in black for under £20 from that auction site.
no, it's dirty advertising
which acer set for under 20? all the ones i see are like £200
So the RL70 is pretty much as good spec then? Well it seems the same apart from processor and maybe graphics card though unsure what the R3700 has in it but will it have any noticeable performance difference?
andrewt

which acer set for under 20? all the ones i see are like £200



refering to wireless keyboard and mouse set
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