Acer Revo M1601 Nettop - £79.98 @ eBuyer
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Acer Revo M1601 Nettop - £79.98 @ eBuyer

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Found 23rd May 2016
Spotted on eBuyer's Daily Deals with Free Delivery. Great for anyone looking for a Small Form Factor PC and not too worried about how much memory it has. Reviews are pretty decent too.

- Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz
- 2GB RAM + 32GB SSD
- WLAN
- Free DOS

Current & Previous Price:
Now £79.98 inc. vat
Was £119.99

Product Description:

Processor
Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz
Turbo boost up to 2.16GHz
2MB Cache
Dual Core

Memory
2GB DDR3 RAM
Expandable to 8GB

Hard Drive
32GB SSD

Optical Drive
None

Software
Operating System: Free DOS

Display
Not Included

Input Devices
Keyboard and Mouse Included

Networking
WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n

Power Supply
65W

Dimensions
Height 56 mm
Width125 mm
Depth 125 mm

Interfaces
1 x HDMI
1 x Display Port
3 x USB 3.0
1 x 3.5 mm jack
SD memory card reader
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been this price before and posted a lot as well..also been considerably cheaper too...search is your friend
Grabbbed one of these for £59.99 last time around from eBuyer - it's much better than expected but not worth a lot more than the £60 I paid in my opinion. The fan is quite annoying if it's sat on the desk with you (mines living in the kitchen so not too important).

Grabbbed one of these for £59.99 last time around from eBuyer - it's much … Grabbbed one of these for £59.99 last time around from eBuyer - it's much better than expected but not worth a lot more than the £60 I paid in my opinion. The fan is quite annoying if it's sat on the desk with you (mines living in the kitchen so not too important).



You might have a dodgy one if your fan is noisy, in a very quiet room I can't hear mine at all.
I got one of these for £59.99 as well. Sitting on a shelf not used as I have no idea how to use freeDOS. Any previous buyers have any tips other than buying and installing Windows? I read Ubuntu was good for this but I've never used Linux. Can I use Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, BBC Iplayer and other UK catch up channels on Ubuntu? Use to be a huge fan of Kodi but it's really gone downhill in the last couple of years so not really interested in that.
Also got one when £60 not what I expected even with 8Gb ram added
I thought it'd cope with multitasking (opening 4 or 5 web pages with images or video just takes ages to access/load and it's not my internet (Virgin 71.78Mbps)

Better than the cheap Android tablets or TV Box but don't consider it to be worthy of the "PC" description
In the words of Sandra Martin (Gogglebox) "You get me"

I got one of these for £59.99 as well. Sitting on a shelf not used as I … I got one of these for £59.99 as well. Sitting on a shelf not used as I have no idea how to use freeDOS. Any previous buyers have any tips other than buying and installing Windows? I read Ubuntu was good for this but I've never used Linux. Can I use Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, BBC Iplayer and other UK catch up channels on Ubuntu? Use to be a huge fan of Kodi but it's really gone downhill in the last couple of years so not really interested in that.


I installed Win10 easily enough - just copy all the files onto a USB stick - reboot Revo hitting Delete key until you get into BIOS - change boot device to USB and F10 Save and Exit

I have Kodi installed (as I use it for streaming to Sony Home Cinema)
I would assume most of the others will be available as if not via Windows Store then via an Android Emulator (I think you call it that) like Bluestacks
Edited by: "philphil61" 23rd May 2016

You might have a dodgy one if your fan is noisy, in a very quiet room I … You might have a dodgy one if your fan is noisy, in a very quiet room I can't hear mine at all.


Hmmm the fan ramps up on mine when I do anything a bit taxing, I've read quite a few people on here say the same - there could be a bit of variation in the fans I guess.

Hmmm the fan ramps up on mine when I do anything a bit taxing, I've read … Hmmm the fan ramps up on mine when I do anything a bit taxing, I've read quite a few people on here say the same - there could be a bit of variation in the fans I guess.



Possibly, I'm running ubuntu 15.04 which seems to be the easiest to install on these.
Not sure if the fan speed is controlled by the OS?
I was looking for pc stick just to run Word (from Office 2007), no net access, nothing graphics based. I'm guess that this will do the job just as well once a version of Windows is installed on it?



Can anyone help me I have put windows and Ubuntu on usb stick went into the menu to boot up from usb but it's not finding anything

Can anyone help me I have put windows and Ubuntu on usb stick went into … Can anyone help me I have put windows and Ubuntu on usb stick went into the menu to boot up from usb but it's not finding anything


microsoft.com/en-…ISO

I was looking for pc stick just to run Word (from Office 2007), no net … I was looking for pc stick just to run Word (from Office 2007), no net access, nothing graphics based. I'm guess that this will do the job just as well once a version of Windows is installed on it?


would have thought so. I've got a Celeron N2807 based machine, which is older, more expensive and only marginally quicker and I have no trouble with it at all.
Has anybody used it's display port? Mine does not seem to be working.
Yep using display port with no probs, running Windows and Kodi
stu1979

Can anyone help me I have put windows and Ubuntu on usb stick went into … Can anyone help me I have put windows and Ubuntu on usb stick went into the menu to boot up from usb but it's not finding anything




Why both? And how did you put Windows on a usb stick?

Can anyone help me I have put windows and Ubuntu on usb stick went into … Can anyone help me I have put windows and Ubuntu on usb stick went into the menu to boot up from usb but it's not finding anything


As others have said... why both?

AFAIK you only have enough space on 32Gb for one OS

I can only help with Win 10 and to install that you copy all folders/files onto usb stick

eg
folders
boot / efi etc
files
autorun / bootmgr etc

Then plug usb stick into Revo - power up and hit Del key until access to BIOS then change boot device to USB

As others have said... why both?AFAIK you only have enough space on 32Gb … As others have said... why both?AFAIK you only have enough space on 32Gb for one OSI can only help with Win 10 and to install that you copy all folders/files onto usb stick eg foldersboot / efi etcfilesautorun / bootmgr etcThen plug usb stick into Revo - power up and hit Del key until access to BIOS then change boot device to USB



I meant I tried both. I knew what to do but windows wouldn't save to the hard drive something about partition. So found a youtube video that explained it.
Thought I'd post this here, as I think the other thread (£60 price)'s pretty dead, and I'm after some input:

Ok, got Linux Mint 17.3 installed (17.1 wouldn't). It works, but mine just feels far more sluggish than it should, even for a low power processor PC, especially in the graphics area. I've checked the main processors, and the most they're doing is about 30% each or less, most of the time, so the sluggishness isn't them. In 1080p video, it's a little too jerky, in fact more jerky than a USB stick plugged into my TV, which kills the main purpose of having it as a media player.

A good example would be a 1080p copy of Spectre I have, which when I play in VLC (or the other movie player), at the start, when the classic 007 sniper's circle appears, it doesn't move entirely smoothly across the screen, but as a series of small jerks. Other things like slight sheering effects and jumps when the camera moves quickly. It's not bad enough to be unwatchable, but it's a small if irritating distraction. Same problems with 720p files too, Incidentally. It's weird, because I've checked VLC and no frames are being dropped.

Other examples would be how a YouTube video's frame rate completely grinds to a halt if you wiggle the mouse over it.

Also having some stability issues. The screen doing the occasional strange momentary "twitch," and the occasional crash with the screen going light grey. All graphics related stuff, it appears. I'm keen to know if anyone with Linux, particularly Mint 17.3 installed is having the same problems as me, if they're not, I think I need to return it for replacement.

Also other oddities like the fact that it's impossible to get the mouse cursor in the exact top left of the screen.

I'm suspecting Mint isn't using the graphics hardware acceleration, but I'm not sure if it's because Mint has found it's unstable, or just lack of drivers. I'm not sure how to check what's going on, though. KODIUbuntu also refused to run because of a lack of hardware acceleration, and told me to check for drivers.

I'm trying to work out if I've got a duff graphics chip, or it just needs a BIOS update or something, but I haven't got the time to keep messing with it, I'm running out of time to send it back. £60 is great as long as you aren't having to spend hours trying to fix the damn thing.

In text mode/DOS, I've also had a lot of weird stuff go on. Not just the flickering I've seen someone else complain about, but also
"---------------------------------------------------------" lines appear on the screen, sort of floating on top of the FreeDOS output, as if stuck there by the graphics card. Anyone else had that?

I've never seen that on a PC before. Also when trying to run KODIUbunutu, bootup text output becoming unreadable and looking more like hieroglyphics. Weird sh*t.

Still also getting lots of other error messages, such as something about a WMID, also, errors like this when installing the wireless drivers:
"Unable to write sector 0 after 4096 Read/write error"
Which is a bit of a worry, as it seems to indicate possible issues with the eMMC.
Not sure how seriously to take all these, though, and the wifi did end up finally working, in spite of the various error messages.

What do you think guys, problems I can iron out, or have a got a bad one?

REQUEST


Can anyone who's successfully got a flavour of Linux working, run the following graphical performance test, as documented at howtoforge.com/tut…rk/ :

Open a terminal box, then install with:

sudo apt-get install glmark2

Then execute:

glmark2

I get a score of 378, which looks a bit low compared to the 3000 Nvidia example out on the website.

If others are scoring higher, then I'll know my graphics setup isn't right, and that's what the issue is.


Quick review, hardware annoyances:


Only 3 USB ports, even if they are all USB3. You can get away with 3 on a laptop, where you've already got a keyboard and trackpad built in, but 4's a sensible minimum on a nettop, 6, better. I could live with only two USB3s if I could have 2 or more USB2 ports. As pointed out by others, Win 7 likes USB2, too.

As it is, you're going to pretty much need a multiport adaptor, which is going to be more clutter and fiddling about.

No VGA, could give the Displayport a miss.

No digital out, no mic in - get what you pay for, guess.

Fan - which seems unnecessary with a N3050, guess it must work out cheaper than a bigger heatsink. It it smart, though, so it turns off when not needed - although the constant turning on and off can also prove annoying. It's fairly quiet, though.

As others have said, real shame about the lack of a auto-restart on power cut. Pointless, annoying limitation.

The keyboard's liveable, the mouse is dire.

Pluses - proper SD card slot, non of this mini-SD silliness, as is the trend. Would prefer a USB and the SD on the front, though.

Overall, at £60 I'd say it's a bit of a bargain, if you can iron out the problems, but at the same time, not astounding, either. Think I'd be feeling I hadn't got good value for money if I'd paid over £80, considering the slow processor, output limitations, lack of installed (proper) OS the amount of fiddling you have to do to get things working. Anyone paying £120 wants their head looking at, but I've always thought Nettops were a bit overpriced for what they are, which is basically a Netbook (which you can often get for about the same price) without a screen, camera, battery and often, OS.

Still debating whether to keep. Not happy with the state of it as a media player and stability side of things at present, but a handy, flexible TV based webbrowser and emergency mini PC for £60? That's not bad.
faisalqau

Has anybody used it's display port? Mine does not seem to be working.



It will be your cable. Will need to use an "active" one. Google difference active and passive DisplayPort.
I got one of these for 59. It's really slow, even on Lubuntu. Powerful enough for Kodi and Youtube. It runs cold, so I keep it in a drawer and don't hear the fan.
Worth £60, not sure if £80.
anyone had any success installing a 2.5" sata drive? ive opened it up and there is no sata connection on the board

In a video on youtube it has a sata connection in the space beneath the orange lid.
If you put on windows 10, make sure you use the acer drivers:
acer.com/ac/…ers select model acer / revo / m1-601

I found performance to be far better with those than the built in windows 10 drivers.
(more so than normal)
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