Acer Aspire Revo AR-3700 Now Available

acer revo 3700

Available now atย for $349.99, the Acer Aspire Revo AR3700-U3002 with the Intel Atom D525(1.80GHz), 2GB DDR2 ram, 250 gb SATA drive, NVIDIA ION 2 graphics, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

It also has Wireless b/g/n, wireless keyboard and mouse, and vesa mount.

Maybe we can get our hands on one of these units and see if Nvidia was able to fix the chipset bottleneck that has kept the ION 2 from playing Flash 10.1 smoothly.

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30 Responses to Acer Aspire Revo AR-3700 Now Available

  1. Dan says:

    The new platform should supposed to have DDR3, no ? If the new Revo is with DDR3 i think that will match the Mac Mini speed. What do you think ?

  2. Paul J Roberts says:

    Ram type will not affect speed in the way you mention. I don’t think the revo is as fast CPU wise or buss speed as the mac mini. Either way, two totally different units, so it’s had to really do a comparison.

  3. Michael Burns says:

    Hi Paul, what do you mean chipset problem? I was just about to buy a 3700. I had the boxee box on pre-order but since there is no Netflix announced(yet) and no amazon on demand or hulu etc, a Revo seemed like a much better idea. Plus I record with MCE in the living room so having a Revo seems like a good fit.

    Anyway this is the first I’m hearing of problems with ION 2. Can you give some more detail/links for this? Thanks.

    btw thanks for doing those videos on the 3610 on vimeo. Separately do you still find using the 3610 makes the boxee interface laggy?



  4. Paul J Roberts says:


    The Ion 2 issues are pretty well documented. Do some google searches and you should find plenty of details on this issue with Ion-2.
    Besides, it’s performance is not any faster/better than the Ion 1.

    Boxee box is not out yet for delivery yet. The final announcements of Netfix is due shortly. Amazon on demand was not stated it would ever come to boxee, but was not out of the picture. Hulu is on Boxee.

    If you use MCE to record, you can us it too on either machine.

    I never felt the boxee interface was laggy on the Revo…. works just fine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Michael Burns says:

    Thanks Paul I found the Ion 2 flash problem info. For future reference this is the best article I could find on the situation although for all I know there’s been an update since then

    Per your Part 3 video “Acer Revo 3610 Atom Ion 330 Demo- Part 3 Boxee and SMB Shares ”
    While you were demoing the boxee interface you had said flash(old version obviously) in boxee “wasn’t accelerated, it does work, but is very laggy, and can be slow” and you were browsing the boxee interface at the time, so I took it to say you meant the interface was slow. Which of course isn’t the same thing but since I was doing research for hours the two things just kinda blended together!

    Anyway I ended up getting the 3610, no point in getting the 3700 and having to worry about any Flash issues.

  6. Paul J Roberts says:


    If I recall correctly, the Part 3 video dated in November of 2009, Boxee Beta did not yet support Flash Acceleration even though Flash 10.1 beta was out. So, at that time, flash video was laggy in boxee … Boxee itself ws not laggy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Video’s after that, I demo flash acceleration in Boxee Beta with the new UI and it does work. It works now too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You may have been doing some blending…LOL.

    I have not had the time to read the link you gave on the Ion2, I’ve got some serious boxee testing going on for the devs at the moment and work. I’ll try to check it out this week and read it through. I read about the update about that time on another site, and chatted with Boxee users too that said it did not fix things (same as the links says too). But, I have to take that with a grain of salt as not all users were setting up their hardware correctly or had consistent ISP speeds and such to get a good solid “fixed or not” answer. I’ve not bought one either to test, so I have to go by others feedback and feel it’s not the way to go.

    Keep us posted on your 3610 findings and hit up my Revo Forum too.

  7. Dan says:

    Update on DDR3 issues : Seams that Revo 3700 comes with DDR3 after all. In a review on some customer has complain that before the unit has arrived he purchased two modules of DDR2 in order to upgrade the box, but, when the unit arrived he found out that the DIMM’s didn’t work. Revo has come with DDR3 modules although the presentation was with DDR2. Funny isn’t ?

  8. Billrush says:

    I just got the 3700. It does have ddr3. Here’s my problem so far. After updating all the drivers, hulu fullscreen is way to choppy to watch on my Sony 42″ bravia. What a bummer. Any thoughts on fixing this. Thanks much.

  9. Paul J Roberts says:

    Bill Rush

    Ironically, I have another user emailing me on how to overcome the same thing. I’ll just repost my reply to him:

    “The 3700 has inherent issues in it’s design that cause Flash playback issues. This is related to the placement of the Nvdia Chipset as they were forced to do so over a legal battle with Intel. I’ve not heard of anything fixing this other than the latest Nvidia driver on the Acer web site (not the Nvidia site), and that’s not a fix and only a partial band aide. Nvidia is trying to fix this with their video drivers just for the ION-2 machines, but they’ve not been able to succeed. ;-(”

    It is for this reason that I have not bought one of my own (just tested and tried to fix it) and do not recommend them for purchase as a HTPC.

  10. Bill says:

    Wow, that’s a bummer, especially since I bought from Newegg which does not allow PC Returns.

    What would you recommend as an HTPC? How about a low, med and high priced recommendation? Thanks so much

  11. Paul J Roberts says:


    I’d buy a Revo 3610 if you want cheapest, low power consumption and plays HD video/flash/boxee.

    If you have a few dollars more:
    There are a few others and some mobo (self build) options, but I’ve not yet put together a good detailed/comprehensive break down of each from low to high. Though I do have some in mind …

    Let me get back shortly… I may have to build a blog post on that one too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. bill says:

    I wonder how Acer warranty will handle my 3700. I wonder if they will be willing to exchange for the 3610? Any experience with that?

  13. Paul J Roberts says:


    I just read their Computer Replacement Return Policy and it does not look good:
    If they will entertain a swap for the other model, that would be nice..but…you may want to talk to them though.

    They do have stock of the R3610-U2002
    Which is what I have.

  14. Luke says:


    I purchased the 3700 tried all the different drivers and I could never get Netflix and hulu to be smooth full screen. Netflix was really close 1 stutter every 5 secs. Hulu stuttered every second and almost stops when you move the courser. Newegg said they would work with me to get a 3610.

    I just don’t want to be disappointed with the 3610. I use the HTPC for:

    1. Streaming HD (from WMC DVR which works fine right now 3700)
    2. Hulu (does not work 3700)
    3. Netflix (Almost works 3700)

    Do you have any problems with the 3610?

    Thanks for the nice informative website.


  15. Paul J Roberts says:


    Streaming HD from WMC DVR? I’ve no idea what that is, but it plays HD files perfectly (H264 .mp4, MKV, etc).
    The 3610 plays Hulu, CBS, ABC, NBC and all Flash content perfectly smooth in a Browser or in WMC.
    Plays Netflix perfectly in SD mode only! 2600 or less mbps. The HD stream 3600 is too much and bogs the CPU down. Though, sometimes when NF is testing out a new player it will work great. Then they change the player and it goes away again. Though, when I overclock the REvo it will play the NF HD stream nicely.

    You should read my blog post on setting up the revo 3610.

  16. bill says:

    Paul: What did you decide and did you get Newegg to exchange your 3700 for a 3610? How did they handle the price difference? Would really appreciate an answer here.

    I just wrote the CEO of Acer America asking for help. Acer tech support referred me to Paid support and wanted $129.95 to spend 90 minutes helping me. Oh my!

  17. Paul J Roberts says:


    It was not me that had the 3700 and was returning it. It was one of the other posters. Forget which one now as I’ve had a few email me with info and the one gent did get Newegg to do a swap for the 3610.

  18. Bill says:

    Sorry Paul, it was Luke. I sold my 3700 on eBay for $295. Newegg finally agreed to take it back with a $50 restock fee and the balance as a credit. It decided to risk it with the eBay sale and made out ok. a $50 lesson to do more homework. Now I am not sure what I will do. Thanks for all your help so far.

  19. Bill says:

    Maybe I am a glutton for punishment but any thoughts on the new Acer 3910? Here the office Max link. On sale for $349 and free shipping.

    With hdmi it looks like a lot of htpc for the money. What do you think?

  20. Paul J Roberts says:

    Hey BIll,

    That looks like a good unit and price (Hell, wants $100 more for it!).

    It has the Intel X4500HD video, which is needed for accelerated flash and to be comparable with Boxee for GPU acceleration. S0, it looks like a good deal to me. Hell, I should get one.

  21. Luke says:

    I ended up keeping my Acer 3700’s. I have 2 one on a 65″ Panasonic and the other on a 42 in Panasonic. I am very glad I kept them. They are running awesome. I stream Blu ray wirelessly (XBMC) with my netgear 3700 I get about 90 Mbs throughput. I can watch hulu full screen smooth as can be. (I use hulu desktop built into WMC) Youtube 1080 P full screen is perfectly smooth. All web flash plays great. Netflix works great as well.

    At first playback was a problem. I got rid of bloat ware and updated the drivers. Still some lag and stutter on hulu and netflix and some flash. However with the drivers I installed at the end of December everything works great.

    Obviously nvidia new about the ION2 problem and were working on a fix. The ion graphics port when from pci 4 to pci 1 because of lawsuit with Intel. The new software fix off loads almost everything to the Ion2 instead of constantly sending data back and forth gpu to cpu causing a bottle neck.

    Now everything works great and things just get smoother with every update.

  22. Paul J Roberts says:


    Good to hear! Thanks for the updates.

    What “drivers” did you upgrade in December? Acer or Nvidia? Where did you get them-Acer or Nvidia site?

  23. Luke says:

    I just rechecked hulu on the high setting and it is watchable but not as smooth as my main computer that has a EVGA 470 Fermi. It is definitely better then it was in early December. I am running wirelessly on a crappy connection right now.

    I used the ones from the nvidia website. I just updated again to see if any changes. I am running flash 10.2 now. When watching hulu full screen my cpu doesn’t go over 50%. I was going to make a video but my internet provider decided to upgrade to fiber so my internet is going to suck for the next 2 months(therefore my streaming video is going to suck)….

    I think it will be even better when 10.2 plugin for hulu is released.

    I want to over-clock my Revo I think you have post on that don’t you?

  24. PoppaPig says:

    i receives my Aspire Revo 3700 from Newegg last week and like the numerous “suckers” before me, I am stuck with un-watchable full screen Hulu despite having installed the current Drivers and Flash.. REALLY hoping a solution is made available. Until then I will only be partially satisfied with the purchase and maintain regret to some extent..

  25. Paul J Roberts says:

    A poster on my Revo forum said he installed the latest Nvidia drivers and it plays flawless flash now. So, you may want to give that a try and report back.

  26. PoppaPig says:

    Indeed, new drivers were available. The odd thing being I had updated my drivers on the 21st yet the “new” drivers were dated the 18th.. The update did improve full screen performance but playback is not “flawless”. It’s been upgraded from awful to watchable. On a 42″ the motion is still choppy as if there were lowered frame-rates. The stuttering is noticeably worse when the camera is panning across a screen as opposed to action within a stagnant camera frame.

    It’s a step in the right direction but more needs to be done.

  27. Eugene Ellison says:

    Does anyone have the Windows Experience Index numbers for this mini?

  28. Luke says:

    Reference to my previous post on the 3700:

    I am going to try and get a video of what mine is doing tomorrow morning when my internet speed is the fastest.

    The below was tested at .9 Mb/s slow as crap speed. I pay for 10. Mb/s but they have been “working” on fiber for the past two months….

    Netflix can start off a little bumpy but gets perfectly smooth 95% of the time.

    Hulu 480p I just clicked on a clip in Mozilla Firefox. Just as smooth as my e8400 Duo overclocked to 3.825.

    I am as of right now getting the same results on my REVO 3700 as my Overclocked desktop.

  29. Tyson O'Keefe says:

    Is the Revo 3700 still having issues with playing fullscreen hulu videos in 1080p??

    All my research is pulling up posts from fall of 2010 – I want some more recent info on this topic. Have driver updates and such been able to fix this issue? I’m thinking of purchasing the 3700 on for $344. Good idea, or should I wait for something better to come along?

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