Revo HTPC

Alternatives

If you aren't a huge Windows Media Center fan there are alternatives. Also if you don't have a copy of Windows 7 you can always go the Linux route.

XBMC:
Xbox Media Center basically works on any operating system out there. If you don't want Live TV and just have a lot of content this might be the route to go. Lifehacker has a great guide of installing XBMC and Linux on a revo:
http://lifehacker.com/5391308/build-a-silent-standalone-xbmc-media-center-on-the-cheap

Boxee:
People love Boxee and it has a lot of great features. It is built off XBMC and offers a lot of streaming content and will organize you content as well. No Live TV here either, but again Lifehacker has a great guide of installing it with Linux:
http://lifehacker.com/5406563/build-a-cheap-but-powerful-boxee-media-center

Hulu Desktop:
If you have windows or linux and you only care about streaming content than Hulu Desktop is for you. I have already reviewed it with Flash 10.1 beta 1 and it works great.

Aspire Revo Alternatives:

Zotac MAG with Intel Atom N330:
The Zotac MAG is basically an AR3610 but with no operating system installed. It comes with 2GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, eSata, Vesa mount, and much more. If you have a copy of Windows 7 this might be a good alternative for you.

:
The Foxconn Ion barebone system is nice if you want to add a custom amount of RAM as it comes with none, and your own operating system. Priced at $270 on newegg.com it is relatively affordable and is comparable to the AR3610 after you put in your own RAM.

ASRock Ion HTPC:
The ASRock Ion HTPCs are a nice alternative to the Revo as they come in many different configurations and allow you to customize them a bit more. Most of them feature the Atom 330 with the ION, however they are a bit more expensive then the Revo.

Roku:
Roku offers a Netflix, MLB.tv, Amazon, Pandora, and much more. It doesn't offer the same features as a full blown HTPC, but is a great alternative. It is relatively affordable, has great features, and great reviews. Take a look and click the banner to help support RevoHTPC.com
Roku.com-The Little Black Box That Streams Thousands of Films!

If you have more suggestions add them in the comments.

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