Acer Aspire Revo RL100 Review - Specifications and Connectivity Review

At this stage you might be thinking that the slim Revo RL100 is severely compromised in the specifications department for Acer to have achieved its 2.5cm slimness while still integrating an optical drive and slot for the aforementioned remote. Thankfully, that’s not the case.

Beating at the heart of this computer is AMD’s Athlon II Neo K325 dual core processor. As we saw when we reviewed the same 1.3GHz model in the Dell Inspiron M101z, this low-power CPU easily outperforms Intel’s competing Atom – even when compared to the most recent 1.8GHz N525 found in the Asus Eee PC 1215N.

It’s backed up by 2GB of DDR3 RAM, which isn’t overly generous but is enough to keep up with the demands an average user would place on this kind of system. There’s a free DIMM slot if you wanted to upgrade to 4GB, and the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium installed will take full advantage if you do. For permanent storage you get a 2.5in, 500GB drive, which is adequate for a halfway decent film collection. Higher-end models should be coming out at a later date, and will probably sport 4GB of RAM and a 750GB drive.

Surprisingly (considering the AMD CPU), graphics are handled by Nvidia’s ION solution. It might not be up to much on the games front, but it’s certainly adequate for 1080p video acceleration and, equally importantly, can output ‘real’ 3D video over its HDMI 1.4 connection so you can watch demos and 3D Blu-rays with the extra dimension enabled.

Connectivity is good, though not quite up to some more recent rivals such as the Zotac ZBOX and ASRock Core 100HT-BD, both of which offered USB 3.0 and eSATA. However, around the back you still get two USB 2.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, a TV tuner antenna jack for the integrated tuner, an optical digital audio output for hooking up to surround sound (when not using HDMI for this), an HDMI output and Gigabit Ethernet port.

Around the front is a third USB port hidden behind a solid but somewhat awkward rubber flap, the tray-loading slimline Blu-ray drive, and a memory card reader that accepts SDHC/XC, MS Pro/Duo and MMC.

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