The Acer Revo 100 is both slim and practical for any living room with a Blu-ray drive, removable touch pad controller and Acer's clear.fi program that makes connecting to other network device and television as easy as ever. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey take a close look at the $549 home theater PC.
What You Need to Know
It's slim and looks like it will fit in with almost any living room.
It's like Acer sent someone to steal Sony's plans for the Slimline PS2 in 2004, but they got stuck in a time loop and weren’t able to get out until now.
You can remove the stand and lay it flat like a traditional Blu-ray player.
There are three USB ports and an SD card slot.
So, while it has only a 750 GB drive, the USB 2.0 ports make it very easy to hook up extra media storage.
The really cool thing about this is the trackpad and keyboard.
The trackpad on this can sometimes be a little unresponsive.
We found ourselves sometimes having to click a few times for it to register, but when you hit this button, a keyboard lights up over the trackpad functionality.
The keyboard was very responsive and one of our favorite features we've seen on a device in a while.?
However, we do feel like it is a slightly odd size.
It has only a 1.3 GHz processor, which is like a cell phone.
It can come across as a little slow.
We ran multiple startup tests and found that it took on average of a minute and a half before we could start browsing the web.
Chances are though, that you will keep this on all the time.
We had to sort of adjust our expectations as far as performance was concerned.
This really isn't something that was designed to be a workhorse.
As a media center, it’s actually pretty great.
We streamed HD video from Netflix and Hulu and found that the image was great and colors were vibrant.
Internet browsing was comfortable; the trackpad, keyboard combo was pretty intuitive.
We recommend connecting this with Ethernet, just so you always have a solid data connection.
Blu-rays looked great on this; it handled passive scan high bit-rate movies with no problems and with the HDMI and optical audio out, it sounded great too.
The Revo 100 is available now from Newegg for $550.