I recently ordered an Acer Revo 3610 HTPC from NewEgg. It was on back order, so hopefully it arrives in the next week or so. I’d like to post a real life, better than I’ve found elsewhere review of its performance for the masses. (my Revo gets delivered today! stay tuned for updated post)
If you’ve not heard about this little device, it runs the Intel Atom 330 dual core processor that clocks at 1.66 ghz and 533 FSB. It also uses the Nvidia ION 9400M video card. It has 2gb of DDR 800 dual channel ram (can upgrade to 4 gb). The dual core Atom allows this little guy to multitask pretty well, though it is not a super fast pc…hence the 1.66 ghz. Oh, did I mention it runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit with Media Center too. All for $330.00! No, there is no Blue Ray or DVD or CD rom. You’ll have to get an external one and connect it via USB or the Esata ports.
Connections include: HDMI with HD audio, VGA, 6-USB 2.0, Esata, spdif, headphones and mic, multi-in-one card reader slot, RJ-45 with 10/100/1000 LAN, and wireless B/G/N.
The cool factor of this little box is that the Nvidia ION GPU allows it to off load the HD video processing from the Atom CPU. Meaning that running full 1080P HD video from a file or Blue Ray DVD hits the CPU at about only 20%! Basically, the ION GPU handles all the grunt work of processing the Hi-Def and not the PC’s main processor. Good thing, as that little 1.66 ghz Atom would not be able to do the job.
As you may have read, I started off with an Apple TV running Boxee. The Apple is just not living up to the HTPC task that I’ve moved on to needing. The ATV does a fantastic job of playing video files from my server via Boxee, but it lacks the Horse Power and a web browser to view Fancast, Clicker, Hulu or any other web based content easily and with quality.
So, after weeks of research on different, small, low power consuming net tops and HTPC’s out there, (mostly all running the Intel Atom 230 or 330 and Nvidia ION), the Acer Revo 3610 really has it all at a great price point! Yeah, there is the Neuros Link, Myka, Levono Q-series and the Dell Zino HD Desktop, but the costs are too high for what you get or they run Linux, which has some issues with video drivers and true HD playback. But, the Dell Zino is a close, close 2nd place at around $400 with the right options.
Anyway, stay tuned as I’m going to post what this little guy can do and some of the set up options I end up going with. Hopefully, this will help me to finally….CUT THE CABLE!
My Revo is set to deliver to me today 11-19-09! So, I should have some details to post over the weekend. I’ll post as I go.
Flash 10.1 Beta has been released as well, so installing it on the Revo will greatly boost the performance of Flash based web content like: Hulu and YouTube HD. Can’t wait to try it out this weekend. Stay tuned.