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Acer Aspire Revo / Intel Atom N230 1.6GHz / 1GB / 8GB SSD / Linux / Nettop Desktop PC (92.G1DYZ.UF0)

Released on 18 May 2009

Manufacturer: Acer

5.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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The Acer AspireRevo is a surprisingly affordable, space-saving PC that will capably serve everyday computing needs with ease. Featuring the NVIDIA ION graphics solution coupled with the low-power Intel Atom 230 processor, it perfectly balances extreme value with functionality. In addition to tackling basic computing needs, it was designed to perform as an ideal infotainment solution for streaming movies, TV shows, music and other online media. Its compact design and HDMI interface make it a perfect fit in the living room, where consumers can connect it to a big screen TV for enjoying digital media or casual games with family and friends. Whether used as an infotainment center or a secondary low-cost PC, the Acer AspireRevo's outstanding value is undeniable.
  • Processor: Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz
  • Memory: 1GB
  • HD Capacity: 8GB SSD
  • Display: None
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA ION
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Wireless LAN: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Four-in-one card reader, supporting:
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • Secure Digital (SD) Card
  • xD-Picture Card
  • Memory Stick
  • Ports:
  • VGA (15-pin D-Sub)
  • HDMI
  • eSATA
  • 6x USB2.0
  • RJ-45
  • Headphone Jack
  • Microphone Jack
  • Included Acessories
  • Wired Keyboard And Mouse
  • diagram

customer Reviews

 Average rating (1 review)

 Brilliant value for money little linux box

| | See all earthman001's reviews (1)

Top 100 PC Reviewer

This is exceptional value for what you get at under £160 delivered. Bought it to have a LAMP server to play with so was not really interested in the graphics capabilities of the ION chipset (which everyone seems to rave about in reviews as long as your software supports the gpu doing the graphics grunt work).

The stock Linux on the Revo booted in less than 10 seconds I think - very basic , called RevoBoot, view pics, listem to music (on usb HDD), setup wireless to surf net, skype - basic options plus some sort of option to install Vista to the HDD.

Well I didn't buy this box for Vista and the stock Linux was really, really a joke so got out my Parted Magic live CD to wipe disk (via a usb DVD drive in case some folks are wondering). Lo and behold I discovered it was a 160 gig hard drive inside with some sort of partition structure in place to quickly add Vista (???).
I've heard on the web that Acer mentioned that they would start shipping the Linux Revo's with 160 gig hard drives when the 8 gig SSD stock were depleted but wasn't counting on it - boy was I happy.

Wiped everything (disable the RevoBoot in bios first - annoyance).
Installed ubuntu 9.04 from this month's Linux Format magazine disc - worked flawlessly, ie. sound and wireless (haven't tried mic, e-sata, hdmi or SD card slot but very happy so far).
Downloaded ubuntu 9.04 server and installed that today in dual boot. No problems. What can I say? For the 160gig HDD surprise I'm very pleased - in fact this review is being written on the Revo (desktop boot option).

It does comes with cute white, wired keyboard (no seperate numberic keypad though) and white, wired mouse. Also included is the mounting bracket to attach to the back of a monitor. The stand is not the sturdiest so you would need to be careful when moving it about and repositioning. Also this box did not come with any recovery DVD so I'm guessing one of those partitions originally on the HDD may have been a recovery partition but I wouldn't be able to say for sure as I really was not interested in the RevoBoot or Vista stuff at all.

As a fourth pc and for the price it suits me very well. I don't expect it to perform like my quad core beast but that is not what I bought it for.

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