Revo One: Acer's Nifty Home Theatre PC Is Going On Sale In Australia

We're on the cusp of a streaming war in Australia, and your lounge room will be the battlefield. Acer has a weapon of a home theatre PC for your consideration that might help you get some more lean-back entertainment in your life.

The Revo One is a stout little HTPC with a few different configurations to get your lounge room into the 21st century. You can get it with either an Intel Celeron processor or a Core i3/i5 processor and a variety of drives. The HTPC has three hard drive bays with support for 2TB storage drives in each, and two bonus SATA ports in case you need more.

You get dual-display support via an HDMI-out and Mini DisplayPort, 4K video support, 802.11AC Wi-Fi capabilities, RAID support and two USB 3.0 ports.

It comes in three configurations off-the-shelf. There's a $419 model which packs in a 1.4GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and a 60GB SSD (no drives), $799 gets you a 2GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD, while the top end model comes in at $1099 for a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 2TB hard drive.

They'll go on sale at JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Bing Lee from 1 March.



    These are just small form factor PCs right? Why would you get one of these over a Mac Mini for example? Same ports, similar price point, same ports, but better CPU and smaller form factor.

      No RAID Support on the Mac Mini

        Surely everyone who would buy something like this also has a nas?

          Yeah, I feel like if you're putting your data directly onto a big RAID in your HTPC you're doing something wrong.

            I dunno. I built my HTPC out of a Lian-Li PC-Q08. i3, Radeon 7950, 128GB SSD + x3 HDD's in RAID5. Replaced the stock fans with Noctua's so it's super quiet too. Wasn't cheap, but all my TV/movie, music, storage and gaming needs are taken care of in a single device. Love it.

              But what if you're in another room?

                It's network connected (cat5), so the files are accessible anywhere in the house. Or if I'm on tablet, I can use VLC/BubbleUPnP to stream.

            My setup is a N36L HP Microserver with a raid setup. A seperate HDD runs the OS and Kodi.
            Would rather have an all in one setup than a NAS. Atleast for my place.

    Steam In-home streaming integration perhaps?

      I love the idea of in-home streaming, but I've been having so many problems with it. There's no way to run cables around my apartment, and the input lag is really noticeable and distracting. I still do heaps of couch gaming from my PC, but I tend to just plug it into a TV.

        There's no way to run cables around my apartment
        Have you tried EoP adapters (the one's with Wi-Fi)?

    I have an I3 NUC running KodiBuntu for around 2/3 that price - absolutely superb. And actually a half decent big screen gaming system as well when paired up with a couple of wireless Xbox360 controllers...

      Second this. I bought an i5 haswell NUC and absolutely love it. Perfect Kodi box.

    What OS does this run out of the box? Does it has it's only video player software or do you have to set up your own?

    Asus Chomebox or Intel NUC are better value for money at each of the performance tiers.

    For a media player, at the low end of the price/performance spectrum I think it's hard beat the Chromebox. $249 AUD for the 1.4ghz Celeron Chromebox and another $30 for to upgrade to AC wifi with an Intel AC7260 brings you fully on spec with the $419 Revo except for storage (Chromebox only ships with 16GB). Unlike the NUC it is ready to run for $249. Chromebox fully supports 24p - I believe some NUC models had issues with this, and many of the other ARM or Android based media boxes can't do 24p either.

    Downside is the inability to run Windows (stably?), however only a small amount of tinkering is required to install Linux or OpenELEC. Comes with 2 years 100GB Google Drive storage (but some people have reported receiving 1TB).

    I have been recently researching a replacement for my Cubox-i4pro to run XBMC/Kodi and the Asus Chromebox seems to be the way to go.

    Looks like no IR port or remote included, that's the main reason I bought my NUC. If a HTPC requires a keyboard to use the WAF drops way to far to recover...

    No digital audio out? I couldn't see one, but tell me if I'm missing something.. wouldn't you want your home theater system to handle surround sound (I made sure mine does!)??

      HDMI to TV, then optical out from there?

    I expect the apps and usability will the deciding factor here, netflix (native), stan, etc.

    I also dont see any form of Ariel so it does not record TV. The challenge will be is how many smart devices do we need for our entertainment needs. Eg internet enabled TV, Blueray, vs dumb devices and a smart consolidation device. I currently have Tivo, smart blue ray and a smart TV. In the end the TV is nothing more than just a dumb monitor. Controlling all of these is the challenge and get them in sync with my single controller.

    Prices from a year ago, when I bought these:
    Intel BOXD34010WYK 4thGen NUC I3 4010U 1.7GHz,QS77,1xMini HDMI 1.4, 1x MiniDP - $349
    Add a bluetooth/wifi card to the NUC if you really want to stream wirelessly.
    Mach Xtreme PCIE mSATA 120G SSD - $135
    Kingston KVR16LS11/8 1.35V 8GB 1600Hz DDR3 SODIMM - $89
    Logitech MX800 Wireless Performance Keyboard and Mouse Combo - about $140
    ...Use one of the USB3 to plug in a :
    Orico 9548U3-BK 4 Bay USB3.0 3.5 HDD Enclosure - $169
    ...and optionally drive your speakers with
    MUSE M15 T-Amp Mini Stereo Digital Power Amplifier TA2024 chip 15W 4ohm 10W 8ohm - about $30
    I run kubuntu and share the drives with samba for pseudo-NAS functionality, mount them into any other OS for universal access to files from any machine, USB3 and gigabit LAN is effectively as good as sata so bottlenecks exist but are minimal even when pulling hundreds of 30MiB dng files aross LAN to the beefier machine for slightly faster editing, but the NUC by itself makes a rather nice little platform that has well and truly enough power to do photo editing and everyday filesharing/interweb/movie/music stuff, and will drive dual 60HZ 1080p.
    Not for games, but I'm sure you could play a large number of them on it if you chose to.
    And I'm sure it would be cheaper now.

    yeh but Acer..... so it will most likely burst into flames in a year.

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