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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)
14Jan/110

Amazon VOD Review on Acer Aspire Revo 1600


Last night I was checking out the Yahoo Widgets on my television, Samsung LN46B650. I saw that they had an Amazon VOD widget so I decided to check it out as I had a few rentals from Amazon's service. Even though my television is about 2 years old and the Yahoo Widgets take forever to load to my surprise streaming video directly to my television via the widget was awesome. This got me thinking, why I don't just try this on my Acer Aspire Revo? So I did and I made a video review comparing not only my Television and Revo 1600, but also my little Acer Aspire One netbook.

TV:
Streaming on my television was really really great, besides getting it started. I have to bring up Yahoo Widgets which are really slow and you have to wait for them to fully load before they are capable of doing anything. Once you get the video started it is basically flawless and looks absolutely stunning. I was really shocked how great Inception looked just streaming on my TV.

Acer Aspire One netbook:
My poor little netbook is slowly becoming out of date. It is a single core Atom processor, integrated graphics, and 2GB of RAM. I booted up the VOD service and small inside the browser it actually played back decently smooth. I was really shocked here as I didn't think it would work at all. I then put it on full screen and oh my was it choppy. You definitely can not watch it on something this lower powered, but it is nice to see it play fine when it is not in full screen mode.

Acer Aspire Revo:
It was funny to see the "small" version on the 1080p television, it was really tiny as you can see in the video. However, once you blow it up in full screen mode the video actually played very smooth. It was completely watchable with a few tears in the video, but overall I was really impressed. I would recommend the Amazon VOD service as it is really affordable for rentals and even some purchases.

Check out the video review:

21May/103

Acer Aspire Revo AR1600 Refurbished $170

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If you want to give the Revo 1600 a try like I have, Circuit City has it refurbished for $170

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28Apr/102

Great HTPC Deals including the Loop Pointer!

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For a short time Hillcrest Labs is offering the Loop Pointer for 50% off bringing it down to $49 + free shipping. If you have read my review my biggest issue was the price. Now that it is down to $49 I can put my blessing on this device as I have been using it more and more with my Revo. So head over to Loop Pointer page on Amazon.

Some other deals worth mentioning.
1.5TB Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive for $99.99 shipped
AmazonBasics HDMI Cables as low as $5
ATI Theater HD 750 USB TV Tuner ATSC/QAM for $55 shipped
DVDs and Blu-ray discs with savings of up to 58% off on Amazon

Update:
Newegg.com has the KWorld TV tuner on sale for $25 + free shipping:
KWORLD ATSC TV Stick UB435-Q at Newegg
-Recommended for ATSC inside of Windows Media Center

Update 2:
Fry's Electronics has the ATI Theater HD 750 USB TV Tuner ATSC/QAM for $30 after Mail in Rebate.

16Apr/103

Fixing Overscan & Underscan on Aspire Revo

I have had a few people email me about overscan and underscan problems when they hooked their Revo up to their television. I would first make sure you screen resolution is set correctly depending on if your television is 720p or 1080p. You can do this simply by right clicking on your desktop and hitting "Screen resolution". If this does not solve your problem then you might want to check your television settings. All televisions are different, but on my Samsung under Picture Options I see the Size setting. I have mine set to Screen Fit, but play around with it to see if this fixes your issues. Lastly we can do some manual over/underscan adjustments via the Nvidia control panel.

First go ahead and right click on your desktop and select "Nvidia Control Panel"

Next under "Display" in the tree control select "Adjust desktop size and position"

Then hit the "Resize Desktop" button which will launch and application. You will see two sliders on your screen which you can adjust to fix any over/under scan issues. The green arrows should be pointing at the corners of your television.