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    News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    NVIDIA ION-based nettop going for under £150.
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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Of course, the lack of optical drive makes the ability to decode high-def content a little less palatable How much is an external Bluray drive?

    That aside, it's a good price for the hardware and it cannot be too soon before this makes its way to the netbook market...

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Can't decode HD content - er, explain?

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    Seems kinda useless, 8gb of storage and linux? what am I gonna do? browse the internet and do some word processing.....

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Quote Originally Posted by DR View Post
    Can't decode HD content - er, explain?
    Was that aimed at me?

    I didn't say that it couldn't decode HD content, just that lacking an optical drive made it "less palatable" - i.e. you'd need to rip your HD content then probably stream it over a network since an 8GB hard drive is pretty insignificant. That's a lot of bother for an HTPC - most people would want to stick a Bluray movie into it and have it "just work". I know a slot loading BD drive would push the cost up a fair bit, but it would also make it a lot more convincing as an out-of-the-box HTPC...

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Looks great to me! I'm thinking of buying one for the bedroom, no need for masses of storage space or an optical drive as it'll play everything off the main HTPC in the lounge

    For most people the lack of an optical drive is a deal breaker though.

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Install XBMC and you have a killer media player that will playback 50mbps 1080p bluray rips perfectly. Yup you need to play them from a NAS, but given it's the same price as a standalone blurray, there's little point in getting one of these if you're then going to add windows and a usb bluray drive and use it just to play bluray discs...

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    i fancy one of these myself, to plug into the lcd in the bedroom, and i can plug my external HD via esata and play videos and music

    the main thing that concerns me is i don't have an hdmi amp, and i get the impression that the 3.5" headphone socket won't carry spdif out, so it means having to find a seperate usb 5.1 soundcard

    from what i've read about this, it can struggle with some hi def material, but i've found that you can have that problem on other systems if the software isn't setup with the right settings

    i also heard that the £150 model will initially ship with a small capacity SSD, but then will change to something like a 160gb standard HD at the same price, which is a better option i think. i wonder if it's easy to add extra ram and swap the SSD for a standard 2.5" drive yourself though

    one other thing i heard was that they were going to sell a seperate add on bluray external drive, and i think i had the price of about £80 in my head, it would be nice if it could also burn dvd/cd. in the meantime grabbing a cheap xbox hd-dvd drive to use as an external drive would be a good option

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Looking forward to Asus doing it properly, who uses DSUB nowadays? whats up with the completely useless 8gb SSD honestly, its obviously been designed as a media center pc/low power desktop what can you do with 8gb? several of my blu rays are 10gb plus.

    I think if i wanted an ION based media center the best option has to be custom building pne with the Zotac ION board atleast then you can have a dvd/blu ray drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
    Seems kinda useless, 8gb of storage and linux? what am I gonna do? browse the internet and do some word processing.....
    What he said ^^^^, couldnt have put it better myself.

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Quote Originally Posted by Breezey View Post
    Looking forward to Asus doing it properly, who uses DSUB nowadays? whats up with the completely useless 8gb SSD honestly, its obviously been designed as a media center pc/low power desktop what can you do with 8gb? several of my blu rays are 10gb plus.
    BD's usully average about 30GB+. 8GB is enough for an OS plus apps, you don't need local storage when it's coming off a big noisy desktop/server stuck somewhere else in the house.

    The only issue I have with ION is that is it completely CUDA, and I believe that it doesn't accelerate normal DirectX stuff. Would be happy if someone could confirm

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    BD's usully average about 30GB+. 8GB is enough for an OS plus apps, you don't need local storage when it's coming off a big noisy desktop/server stuck somewhere else in the house.

    The only issue I have with ION is that is it completely CUDA, and I believe that it doesn't accelerate normal DirectX stuff. Would be happy if someone could confirm
    Indeed. The HDD is the perfect solution, running just the OS and a couple of necessary programs. This sort of box will be pulling data from elsewhere in the house. Ideally a nice big fileserver buried in the basement where you can't here the fans.

    /me fluffles server

    As for the ION, I can't confirm but I thought I saw it do O.K. in some gaming benchmarks. It's a relatively powerful piece of kit IGP wise - you will do very well to find something where the GFX is the bottleneck in that system - the single core atom is a bit of a wimp. Reviews say the system is fine for 1080p playback though as long as the system-side decode isn't too heavy (like my horrible Earth 1080p file: eugh).

    Also, where are the linux haters coming from? Give it a go as an HTPC and if you really don't like it, ION platforms run win7 nicely and thats free too atm (sort of).
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    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    Install XBMC and you have a killer media player that will playback 50mbps 1080p bluray rips perfectly. Yup you need to play them from a NAS, but given it's the same price as a standalone blurray, there's little point in getting one of these if you're then going to add windows and a usb bluray drive and use it just to play bluray discs...
    Does XBMC support Purevideo HD, i.e. on GPU decoding? i know it doesnt in the windows version of XBMC but unsire of the linux version?

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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Shame no one seams to have stock of these
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    Re: News - Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    Shame no one seams to have stock of these
    Play have been listing the Vista models as in stock since yesterday. The Linux model, which I pre-ordered and has not shipped, is out of stock so they either didn't receive any or exhausted their initial allocation before fulfilling my order. Found a couple of other sites selling them and they are all out of stock also, although one specifially said they were expecting 10 more on the 25th.
    Anyone actually got one yet?

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