Acer Revo RL80 Nettop PC (Intel Core i3 1.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, WLAN, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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Acer Revo RL80 -- Big Fun, Tiny Space
The Acer Revo is an amazing home entertainment centre: it's a stylish centrepiece for your living room, combining a PC's power with the convenience of a home media device, all in one tiny space.
With AcerCloud your PCs' storage is your Cloud storage with wireless access to your photos, music, videos and documents -- wherever you are, on any PC, on all your devices, all from the comfort of your couch.
Windows 8 has been re-imagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing. Windows 8 is smooth, intuitive, and designed to let you do what you want, the way you want.
Monitor not included
The Revo L Series boasts a small and slim design, letting you place it virtually anywhere -- placed flat on a table, stood vertically and even hooked onto the back of your TV or monitor with the detachable foot stand, saving more space.
Its attractive gem-cut looks are complemented by a shiny copper-colour power button and volume wheel, which contrast nicely with the overall matte black finish. Add modern style to your living room.
Fabulous Media Enjoyment, HD Fun
Take your enjoyment to the highest level. This compact PC brings fabulous multimedia enjoyment with Intel HD graphics, Blu-ray and Dolby Home Theater v4 Audio. Experience smooth HD video playback, great image clarity and riveting sound from any pair of PC speakers or headphones. Digitally connect to your home audio system for home theater experience.
The HDMI port makes it a perfect fit for the living room, where it can easily connect to an HDTV or monitor for enjoying digital media or casual games on the big-screen.
The SD Card Reader provides convenient file sharing and connectivity between your Revo and other devices.
All Media in One
AcerCloud connects all your household digital devices: your smartphone, notebook, all-in-one PC, HD media player, mobile Internet device and more. It's easy to manage your media libraries, search and expand storage capacity, and play or upload photos, music and videos for the ultimate entertainment and sharing experience.
Enjoy smooth HD video and exciting audio/video streaming thanks to the 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor, delivering smooth multimedia and smart multitasking. Visibly smart performance starts here. Harnessing both speed and efficiency, you get significantly fast performance while using less energy.
Transfer multimedia ultra-fast via USB 3.0 ports --up to 10x faster than the standard USB 2.0-- and store it on the 1 TB hard drive1 or share with friends via 802.11a/b/g/n wireless.
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As a media centre through XBMC (and blu-ray rips on HD MP4 conversion, about 10gb per file), am really happy with the picture and audio quality. There's no stuttering on playback and my audio sounds great through my 5.1 surround sound. For general web browsing it's also good and occasionally I use it to work at home so e-mail, Office etc all seem fine. It's very quiet and discreet, prompting people to ask what it is - they're pretty amazed when you show them it's a media centre and even more so when seeing a movie playing!
Overall, if you're wanting to do a similar thing to me this is probably the best all round machine out there. Like anything, you could spend a lot more on a bespoke HTPC with optical drives included, huge storage capacity etc. The cost of this, a blu-ray drive and a NAS (I use a WD MyCloud) being about £550, I've worked out that I'd have had to spend north of £700 for an all-in-one machine with a similar HDD capacity to my NAS and good quality blu-ray player.
These are very quiet in operation and also run very cool so are very unobtrusive regardless of where you wish to use it. There are 2x USB3 ports and 4x USB2 but other than this, there is little room for expansion in the tiny case.
It has good wifi and the 4GB RAM and 1TB HDD are good capacity. Note that this machine is not supplied with a keyboard or mouse. If you want it as a media centre for mounting behind a TV then get a decent wireless keyboard. Otherwise I would recommend a cherry Stream keyboard and Logitech mouse.
Note that as provided, the machine has no operating system and you will need to allow for this in the cost. I have one of these with Linux installed and it is absolutely brilliant (my personal preference is for Kubuntu, but Mint is also very good).
So, I got one of these, used an old keyboard and mouse from a broken PC and fitted it behind a 17" monitor that cost me £7 from a car boot sale loaded Linux up and now have a perfectly good PC for buttons.
I chose the cheaper version without an operating system to use a copy of windows 7 I already owned. I tried several times to install windows 7, but although I appeared to have installed it correctly when the PC rebooted the Free Dos kept appearing. I installed Windows 7 using both a USB stick and a USB DVD drive and on each and every install, the Free Dos appeared.
After looking on various forums I found other people with similar problems. The only solution that seemed to work was to delete the Free Dos with a hard drive reformat. Although this meant that the drivers installed on the hard drive would also be deleted, it was not a problem as all drivers were available on the Acer site.
After reformatting the hard drive Windows 7 did install successfully, unfortunately though after downloading all the drivers to the PC, there appeared to still be a problem with the wireless card which would not connect to my router.
I contacted Acer via their site and was eventually told 4 days later that the problem was due to the PC not supporting Windows 7. After reformatting the drive yet again I installed Windows 8.1 and the PC now works flawlessly.
So to recap, this PC will run Windows 7 but the wireless card will not work and if you check Windows Device Manager you will see various exclamation marks indicating problems with the Network Adapters no matter what drivers you install, although having said that you can use the internet but you have to use an Ethernet cable. Installing Windows 8.1 will enable you to use the wireless card and no problems are indicated via Device Manager.Read more ›
Only gripe would be the extra pre-loaded software, but a few minutes spent in Add and Remove Programs within Control Panel soon dealt with them
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was not a good buy I cou use it as it was asking for a password and had to pay £40 for it resetting I wont buy off this guy againPublished 21 months ago by Simon R Clarkson
Pain at first with no disk drive as I couldn't get it to boot from usb but turns out it was me being a Tit all good nowPublished 23 months ago by yonder
I use this device as a basic home PC with linux mint, it is behind my monitor.... no complaints at allPublished on 8 July 2014 by kris