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Acer Revo RL100-U1002 Home Media Center PC comes with these specs: AMD Athlon II Neo Dual-Core Processor K325, Windows 7 Home Premium, NVIDIA nForce 520 LE Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 Memory, 750GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, Dolby Home Theater V3 Audio Enhancement, High Definition Audio Support, 3 - USB 2.0, Acer Wireless Touchpad with Keyboard Function, 2.65 lbs. | 1.2 kg (system unit only), 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty with Toll Free Tech Support, Registration/Limited Warranty Card, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, McAfee Internet Security Suite Trial
AMD Athlon II Neo Dual-Core Processor K325 (1.3GHz, 2MB Total Cache)
4GB DDR3 Memory
750GB SATA Hard Drive,Optical Drive Type-DVD-Writer, Optical Media Supported-DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Integrated NVIDIA Ion Graphics
Windows 7 Home Premium
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52 of 53 found the following review helpful:
Acer Revo RL100Jul 02, 2011
This is an 'interesting' approach to personal computing. The form factor of this machine alone is enough to make it stand out in a crowd. And as a PC -- it works, but is only a middle-of-the-road box in terms of power, speed, and features. If form factor is something you need due to space requirements or 'wow', then this could be a good choice.
I'm using it as a HTPC, and was intially attracted by the HDMI output which really simplifies connectivity to the home theatre world. I'm using an HDMI splitter to enable video and sound to a small TV which is my 'monitor' and also to a Denon amp hooked up to a big-screen projector and full surround sound setup. I use the monitor to deal with the Windows 7 admin tasks and to schedule my programs. The Denon simply accepts the HDMI as another input. I also have the Acer linked to my NAS and to a Hauppauge PVR. As a side benefit, I can use Media Player to play music through the Denon. Further extensions to the system include WD Live TV Plus boxes in my living room and bedroom which also can 'see' my videos and music. This all works very nicely, although one could ask for better linkage between the Hauppauge and Media Center, but that's a different review. As for the Acer:
* It really looks nice. Small, elegant, super attractive design especially when placed upright on the included stand.
* Sexy keyboard/mouse device which docks into the PC body, removes easily, is wireless, and is generally a brilliant and unique piece of engineering.
* Reasonable amount of disk space -- about 650GB usable. Not overly generous in today's world, but not bad for this price point.
* A utility is included to create recovery DVDs which is nice because no OS disks come with the product. That's normal these days.
* The DVD burner is quiet and works well.
* Performance is adequate. Actually pretty good considering the processors.
* The sexy keyboard/mouse device is not completely intuitive and while it looks great and feels good in your hand, it's really not what you want for dealing with a full-blown PC with all the associated tasks. You have to use it to set up the machine initially, but I very quickly switched to a wireless keyboard with a track ball (I can recommend the IOGear multi-media keyboard -- very nice).
* The DVD drive on this model is not BluRay. Or if it is -- it ain't working.
* There are only 3 USB ports, and the HDMI port is the only other connection. It is assumed that you will use the HDMI for your monitor. There is no VGA or DVI.
* The usual amount of crapware. Everyone's definition of crapware is different, but whatever your definition is -- some of it is on this box. I recommend using CCleaner (the free version) before installing your own apps.
* The small size will limit add-ons severely.
The bottom line on this Acer is form factor and HDMI output. If you like it and have to have it -- get it. There is nothing terribly wrong with this machine. And at this price it's a fair deal. If you don't need the tiny footprint, though, you might want to consider other PCs.
As of 7/25, the DVD drive is not working. Also, the lack of processing power is making itself felt. I'll get the drive fixed, but I'm pretty sure this will not be my go-to box for HTPC. Can always use another 'pooter around the house, so no worries...
16 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Awesome little HTPCAug 17, 2011
Been searching for a reasonably priced HDMI output quiet HTPC for my living room, and this absolutely fit the bill. Powerful enough to stream without buffer/lag from network, dvd, TV, Hulu, Netflix, etc (which comparably sized Atom-based units just couldn't do).
Absolutely quiet. Looks just like another piece of AV equipment in my entertainment unit.
I'm using with Win7 Media Center, and the home-network based SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual High Definition Digital Television HDHR3-US (Black) to pick up HD+clearQam from my basic-cable. The HDMI output works wonderfully with my receiver & TV for full surround-sound TV/Vids and 5.1 DVDs. Added several WMC Addins for Hulu & Netflix & remote-access. Thrilled with results, and cancelled my Tivo.
Shared some folders out to home network, and it's become our central music/photo server in the house, as well as our TV/DVR.
The remote/keyboard that comes with this thing is good enough for couch-based web-surfing. However for serious HTPC channel/media surfing, I took the IR receiver from this
Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition and teamed it with a Logitech Harmony 600 Remote - Universal remote control - infrared for very nice/comfy remote for this HTPC.
With the free (downloaded) Remote Potato WMC7 server added on, the Acer is also powerful enough to let folks at home watch TV, even while it's streaming recordings over the web to remote viewers.
This totally silent beautiful little box is now the cornerstone of my entertainment world.
14 of 16 found the following review helpful:
A decent Media Center PCJul 06, 2011
By J. L. Woeber
I got my hands on a RL 100 over the weekend. It's not bad. It fits nicely in an entertainment center as if it were a DVD player or cable box. The video quality and overall performance meets expectations. If your goal is to watch downloaded or streaming media, this will do nicely. I'm giving it 4 starts because the keyboard is horrible. Great Idea, but it doesn't respond well at all and almost impossible to use. Plan on buying another wireless keyboard.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Replacement HTPCMar 03, 2012
By C. S. Heim
I built my first HTPC back in 2004. We have movies, pictures and music available, but its primary use was as a PVR using MediaPortal as the interface to a SiliconDust HDHomerun TV tuner. Sadly, a capacitor blew on the motherboard. Replace the motherboard? Build a new HTPC? Neither, after reading plenty of reviews on standalone PVRs I decided to get the Revo RL100. I'm glad I did. Setup was easy. HDMI to the TV, RJ45 to the Revo, toslink optical to the receiver. After getting rid of all the crapware, WMC found all my channels and grabbed the correct EPG. No problems with any recordings from an OTA signal. I turned off the wireless because my router is close and the Revo runs nice and cool 24/7. My only complaint is the slide out keyboard/mouse pad (-1 star). I ditched it within 2 days. Responsiveness was terrible and it was cumbersome. I was already using a Logitech diNovo Mini to interface with my HTPC, so I downloaded drivers, plugged in the dongle, and I was off and running. I might get another Revo to replace my WD TV Live in the bedroom.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Acer Revo RL100-U1002Dec 27, 2011
By M. Stone
I got this to be a HTPC. For that purpose, it works great. I did not bother with the included keyboard/mouse. I stream from the web and my home network, wired. My own videos and Netflix feeds work fine on my 42" LG 1080P TV, everything scales nicely. It does not have a problem with the HD streams, which I was a little concerned about.
So far, I am pleased with this PC. Small, quiet and fills my needs nicely.
After having had this a couple of months. Thought I would give an update on this little pc. It has surprised me. I have streamed everything to my tv, from the web and on my network. No stuttering or audio problems.
I am using XBMC on it and it works great.
The size is perfect. I have it mounted behind the tv. No sounds from it and the lights on it are not bright.
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