Finally it appears as though Acer is finally bringing the goods and making the Acer Revo line a true competitor when it comes to tiny small HTPCs. The New RL80-UR318 Desktop packs tons of power under the hood in a tiny package similar to past Revo designs.
Under the hood you have:
- Intel i3
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM
- Intel HD Graphics
- Windows 8
- Wireless 802.11bgn
- 2 x USB 3.0 and 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
- DVD Drive
It is available now on Amazon for $460.
If you are running Windows Media Center as your main HTPC and have always wanted to extend that experience to another television then look no further as the Ceton Echo is set to release on Nov. 31st. For $179 this tiny little box can be hooked up to any TV in your house with an HDMI and you get all of your live tv, movies, recorded tv, guide, and everything else you love about Media center throughout the house. Did I mention it is TINY and only consumes 5W of electricity saving you tons of money if you are replacing an xbox. It is available On Amazon for $179
A lot has changed in the last few years since I started Revo HTPC. I have helped a lot of people make awesome low cost HTPCs, answered a lot of questions, and tried to keep the content up to date as much as possible. Nearly a year ago I moved from Phoenix to Seattle to work for Ceton the creator of awesome CableCard tuners. While the Acer Revo is fully compatible with the USB version of the infiniTV 4, people use their Revo with all sorts of tuners. I have had the opportunity to create some absolutely amazing mobile apps for Windows Media Center called the Ceton Companion.
While they are called "Ceton" Companion they actually work with ANY tuner on ANY windows 7 media center PC in ANY country!
- Combine local and recorded movies/tv into nice galleries
- Browse full EPG
- Schedule and manage recordings
- Select a show or movie and start playback to any MC PC or extender
- Full remote control
- Easy Access to Premieres lineup
- Series Management
- Use inside or outside the house
- a bunch more!
Heads up over at amazon.com both the Ceton InfiniTV 4 Digital Cable Quad-tuner Card PCIe and the Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB are on sale for $200. If you are looking to get your HTPC or Revo hooked up with premium cable television the time is now.
Hot off my refresh of new Acer Revo's available, Acer has gone ahead and released a brand new Revo into the wild. The Revo RL70-UR10P) goes back to the roots of the Revo line and removes the optical drive, which means it is low on price. Amazon.com has it listed at $329.99. It is a bit edgier design than other revos we have seen and it actually drops the Atom/Ion combo to replace it with an AMD/Radeon. Here is a pic:
I am actually impressed by this little guy, here are the specs:
- 1.65Ghz AMD Dual Core processor
- 2GB DDR3 Ram
- 500 GB Hard drive
- ATI Radeon HD 6300 Series
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Wireless Keyboard and mouse
As you know Acer has put out a lot of different flavors of the Acer Aspire Revo and some are now discontinued and some are still in production.
Let's begin with the one that started it all the Acer AspireRevo AR1600
This little guy packed a punch and was why I started this website. It featured:
- Windows XP
- 1GB RAM
- 1.6 Ghz Atom 230 (single core) + ION LE Grpahic
You can actually still find this on Amazon for around $200 from third party sellers.
Then came the Acer AspireRevo AR36XX and Now the AR3700. This guy is no slouch. Acer upgraded the machine to Windows 7 Home Premium, 2GB RAM and a 1.8Ghz Atom D525. You can still find it online for around $360
The RL100 line brought tons of changes including design, processor, physical drives, and even a cool wireless touch keyboard and mouse. Here are their features
- 1.3GHZ Dual Core Athlong II Processor
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 750GB Hard Drive
- ION Graphics
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- DVD Player (U1002) or a Blu-ray Player (UR20P)
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If you subscribe to Cable television and own a Revo or other HTPC that needs a USB tuner well the time is now to pick up a Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB. It is now available on Amazon.com for just $299.99. This will allow you to plug in a cable card and record 4 shows at 1 time!
A lot of people have asked me how they are able to get Television (including cable tv) onto their Revo. Under equipment in the Guide I list a bunch of options for over the air television (ATSC) including network attached and also USB powered. I use 3 USB ATSC tuners for over the air television. I don't pay for TV, but I also only get 13 or so channels...HD though. Now if you are a cable subscriber then recently there have been a few nice solutions that have come out to get your Revo recording Cable Television.
Step 1.) Pick the device:
You still have 2 options here. First is to go with a network attached tuner. This is a device that connects to your wired network via ethernet. These are great because you can put them anywhere in you house, and you can share them between multiple HTPCs in the house. The obvious choice is the SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME which offers 3 tuners built in. This will allow you to record 3 shows at the same time!
The second option here is to go the USB route. There are 2 USB devices now that offer this functionality. First is the Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Cable Card TV Tuner. Hauppauge is a trusted tv tuner maker that has been in the game for some time. This is a dual tuner which means you can record 2 shows at the same time. It is a bit cheaper than the HD Homerun Prime and will only run you $150. You can read a full review over at The Digital Media Zone.
Lastly, Ceton is coming out with a USB Quad tuner! Ceton is a big name in the tuner game now because they released the InfiniTV PCIe tuner which offered a quad tuner for HTPCs. This has by far been one of the most successful tuners to date. The Ceton USB tuner will be released September 19th for $300.
Step 2) Get a cable card
You will need to call up your cable company and get a multistream cable card. You can usually rent these from your cable company for about $3-$5 a month. This is still a savings over the $10+ that you pay to rent a cable box with a horrible interface.
Step 3) Cable card install.
You will literally need to have the cable card installed into the new device. You are now allowed to do a Self Install, however you can simply have your cable company come out, and type in some codes to handle this. Check out a nice article with pros and cons over at The Digital Media Zone
Step 4) record awesome television Just remember that you will not get "Premium content" like cable on demand or VoD. However now you have an awesome interface with Windows Media Center.
I hope this was helpful. If you have questions feel free to contact me.
I had already reviewed, raved, and given away a Hillcrest Labs Loop Pointer, but today Hillcrest Labs has introduced a brand new Scoop Pointer. This looks like a great update to the Loop Pointer. Here is their official description:
"The Scoop Pointer is a third generation, in-air mouse and six-axis motion controller that interfaces wirelessly to any PC, Mac, or USB HID compatible device through a USB antenna. This OEM product is a reference design that includes numerous enhancements such as: a smaller and lighter form factor; new chipset and firmware for lower costs and better performance; nine programmable buttons and a scroll wheel; and full six-axis control to enable better gesture or game play. There are two versions of the Scoop Pointer, one optimized for TV viewing and one with a red laser pointer designed for business and educational presenters."
This think looks extremely stylish and could be a great add on for your HTPC. Hillcrest "MotionEngine" technology is now used in many devices including the Roku 2, LG TVs, and their remotes are designed for their HTPC web browser: Kylo. Additionally today Hillcrest has announced a OEM version of their Kylo browser which can be completely customized by manufacturers. While Hillcrest does not plan on selling the Scoop pointer directly to consumers, we can always keep our fingers crossed. Perhaps Acer will catch on and include one of these in the next version of the Revo.
Source: Hillcrest Labs