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.
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!
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)
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!
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
The blu-ray model of the Acer Revo RL100 is now available on Newegg.com for just $569.99. This will net you the 4GB Ram, 750GB Hard drive, b/g/n wifi, Dual Core Athlon II, Windows 7 64bit with Ion Graphic, but more importantly a Blu-ray Combo Drive. The
Acer Revo RL100-UR20P is on Newegg.com right now!
I knew it would happen eventually, but Newegg.com and Amazon have both officially added the Acer Revo RL100 DVD model. Both are available for $499.99, however on Amazon you can get free Amazon Prime shipping. I plan on picking up the Blu-ray model as soon as it becomes available so check back for my review as soon as those come in.
That is right people the Acer Revo 100 is finally shipping from CircuitCity.com. For $499 it will net you the DVDRW version officially titled: Acer Revo RL100-U1002. It includes an AMD Athlon II Neo K325 1.3GHz, 4GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, NVIDIA ION, HDMI, DVDRW, Wireless Touchpad, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The only question now is if the ION/Athlon II combo can surpass the Atom/ION Combo. From my hands on in Munich it was looking like it could. The Wireless Touchpad is simply fantastic. Go check it out now right here. Additionally eCost.com has the Revo 100 for $490, but it is only the DVD version as well. I will post when it hits newegg and amazon, which will hopefully be soon.
That is right the Revo RL100 which I got my hands on in Munich airport a ways back is finally shipping in the US. It will most likely be available at Newegg and Amazon, however at time of posting they were not listed yet. Acer has also announced the 2 different configurations which will launch and they have kept it nice and simple.with the only difference being a blu-ray upgrade on the drive. For only $500 you will get a 1.3GHz AMD Athlon II CPU, 750 GB HD, 4GB DDR3 Ram, 3 USB Ports, multi-card reader, 802.11 bgn wifi, ethernet port, hdmi, Windows 7 Hompe Premium and of course the awesome touch pad. The thing looks amazing just a 1x11.81x7.09 inches. It looks like I might be changing out my HTPC once more.... Here are some press shots. You can read the full article and press release over on engadget.