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
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
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
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!
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.
In this edition of Revo Roundup I chat with Michael Haydel, a recent revo owner. We chat about his success and failures with the Revo, but also go indepth on his RAM issue. He has a lot of good tips and tricks, so here we go.
Show note links:
- WMC Remote
- Official 3700 RAM
- Remote Potato
- Life Hacker + Guide
- Android App for Remote Potato
- Sync Clock on Revo
- Contact Haydel and Twitter
Since I podcast on The Movie Podcast and blog for The Digital Media Zone I figured I would post this here as well. New Revo roundup this week!!! That is right everyone we are giving away 3 copies of Tron Legacy on Blu-ray! A collaboration between The Digital Media Zone and The Movie Podcast, we are pleased to present the Tron Legacy Giveaway Extravaganza! We are giving you 6 different ways to enter this contest through both the DMZ and TMP! For complete details listen to our promotional spot by both Josh Pollard and James Montemagno. Did I mention that we are giving away an Identity Disc? Yes an Identity Disc! Listen or Download:
1st Place: Tron: Legacy & Tron 5 Disc Combo inside of Identity Disc Collectible Packaging
2nd Place: Tron: Legacy 2 Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Tron Legacy R3CONF1GUR3D Soundtrack
3rd Place: Tron: Legacy 2 Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Here is how you can enter via The Digital Media Zone:
Entry 1: Simply comment on THIS post on The Digital Media Zone.
Entry 2: Like The Digital Media Zone on Facebook & Comment on THIS contest post.
Entry 3: Follow @digimediazone on Twitter and simply tweet the following:
"I Just Entered the Tron Legacy Giveaway Extravaganza by @digimediazone #DMZTron"
or press this tweet button:
Here is how to enter via The Movie Podcast
Entry 4: Simply comment on THIS post on The Movie Podcast.
Entry 5: Like The Movie Podcast on Facebook & Comment on THIS contest post.
Entry 6: Follow @themoviepodcast on Twitter and simply tweet the following:
"I Just Entered the Tron Legacy Giveaway Extravaganza by @themoviepodcast #TMPTron"
or press this tweet button:
The Tron Legacy Giveaway Extravaganza is open to anyone that Amazon.com ships to, and is open from 4/5/2011 to 4/12/2011 at 5PM eastern. The winners will be announced live on Entertainment 2.0 which will broadcast live on both The Digital Media Zone and The Movie Podcast websites. Good luck!
Jason Null, inspired by RevoHTPC.com was recently on the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Josh Pollard. He talks about his intense mod of his Acer Aspire Revo, including an SSD, 4GB RAM, and Tuners. He also discusses how he uses Windows Media Center throughout his house. It is a great listen. Check it out here: http://thedigitalmediazone.com/2011/03/25/entertainment-2-0-120-jason-null/