Revo HTPC
30Nov/130

Acer Revo RL80-UR22 Desktop Core i3 + 4GB RAM + Windows 8!

Acer revoThis new Acer Revo is pretty beefy:

  • Intel Core i3-3227U Processor 1.9 GHz(3 MB cache)
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 8

Now if you want to run WMC on this bad boy you will need to update to Windows 8 Pro + WMC so get ready for that, but this is a pretty impressive device for $400 on amazon

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22Nov/120

NEW!! Acer Revo RL80-UR318 Desktop… The Ultimate HTPC?

new revo

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.

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8Feb/126

NEW!!! Acer Revo RL70-UR10P Released!

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
1Feb/120

The Many Flavors of Acer Revo (AR3700, AR1600, RL100)

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

However now we are on the next generation of Acer Revo's with the Acer Revo RL100-U1002 and the Acer Revo RL100-UR20P

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)
3Sep/110

How to get TV on your Revo

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.

21Aug/113

Getting Netflix HD to work on your Revo!!!

Let's get down to it, Netflix HD on the Revo has not been very great at all since it was introduced on PC and inside of Windows media center. For a while now Netflix has allowed you to manually adjust the quality of video that receive. If you are using Netflix 100% on your Revo then there is a simple work around which is to manually adjust the bandwidth on your netflix account to the "Better" setting. This will allow all netflix to stream silky smooth onto your Revo. Now be warned though that this effects all of your netflix devices. Which means that if you do use an Xbox 360, PC, or any other device it will also limit your bandwidth on these devices. Here are the simple steps.

 

1.) Goto http://www.netflix.com

2.) Select: 

3.) Down a bit on the page you will find: 

 

4.) Then just set it to "Better": 

And there you have it, you should now be able to stream netflix just fine on your Atom powered machine.

Source: The Digital Media Zone

26Jul/111

Great deals on the Acer Revo AR3700

Since the Acer Revo RL100 has come out it looks like both Amazon and Newegg.com both have the Acer Revo AR3700 on sale for $299.99 with free shipping. Overall for what you are getting this is a pretty nice deal. If you see any other deals post them in the comments!

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26Jun/112

Acer Revo RL100-UR20P With Blu-ray now available on newegg.com

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!

23Jun/110

Acer Revo RL100 Now Available on Newegg.com and Amazon.com

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.

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15Jun/110

Acer Revo 100 In Stock and Shipping at CircuitCity.com & Tiger Direct & eCost

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.