We seem to spend more time in our house connecting up various gadgets and gizmos than actually enjoying them, so anything that makes multimedia playing easier gets an automatic tick in my book. So on paper, at least, the multimedia nettop, the Acer Revo 100, sounds like a good idea.
How does it work? Well, the Revo 100 features Acer clear.fi, an application that you run on your home network, and which its makers say will automatically find all your home entertainment devices – smartphone, netbook, notebook, HD media player, home storage device, all-in-one PC – and lets you find, share, play, store and of course enjoy, all your multimedia content anywhere in your home. With a slim and elegant body, you can store the Revo vertically on its stand, or lay it flat as you would a DVD player.
It’s easy to set up, as you can immediately connect devices, and it provides a simple way to share your multimedia libraries; just drag and drop to play or save media files to any of your devices.
An unusual feature is the dual-mode wireless touchpad. A toggle allows you to transform it into a touch keyboard, or use as a touch pad browsing, rotating and zooming using your finger.
The Acer Revo 100 is powered by AMD Athlon™ II Neo dual-core processor and has next-generation NVIDIA® ION™ graphics solution for a premium 1080P full HD performance. It is configurable with an internal TV tuner plus either a DVD burner or a BD Combo optical drive. The BD Combo offers full 1080P 3D playback when connected to any 3D enabled HDMI display. It supports up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory.
It also has three USB ports and a multi-in-one card reader, wireless and wired LAN and is preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system for more traditional PC functions.