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.
I just happened to be wondering through the Munich Airport on my way to Romania, and I happened to find the Acer booth. I was checking out a few of their laptops and desktops and around the corner low and behold was a brand new Acer Aspire Revo 100 hooked up to an Acer LCD Television. I talked to the Acer representative for a while about it and showed him RevoHTPC.com and then he let me do a hands on video for a few minutes. Overall the specs on the machine are really nice. It is rocking Nvidia ION graphics, but is no longer coupled with an Atom this model had a Dual Core Athlon II. This is a great upgrade because as we know the Atom is very low powered and while isn't horrible isn't amazing either. You could also deck it out with Wifi, Blu-ray drive, 500GB hard drive, and 4GB RAM. I am not sure if the 499 Euro price tag included all of these features, but that seems about correct. The best part of the Revo 100 is the built in rechargeable wireless track pad and keyboard. This thing is really slick you have a full track pad and at a touch of a button will bring up the full keyboard with multimedia controls to boot. You can simply plug it right into the docking station back in the Revo to charge it. On the side of the remote was a little slider that let you control the volume if you were on keyboard mode, or scroll up and down if you were in track pad mode. Overall the system looked great standing up right next to the television. It looked exactly like a PS2 slim, which is a great design to begin with. Here is a little hands on video that I shot while I was there: