There’s something to be said about a “desktop PC” small enough to fit in a drawer, yet brawny enough to power a whole entertainment system. Acer’s AspireRevo R3610 nettop PC fits just that role. Hovering around $400 certainly doesn’t hurt its cause, either, except the price may be too good to be true if you’re looking to make this your primary PC.
Our AspireRevo R3610-E9012 review unit came equipped with an Intel Atom 330 processor running at 1.6GHz, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Nvidia’s Ion integrated video card, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for the operating system.
The Revo R3610 has a nice fit and finish to it, and is definitely small enough to fit on any desk, or nestled in somewhere close to an HDTV for use as a media center. It has a stand that snaps in the bottom for elevation and better air flow, which also kind of makes it look like a small gaming console – it’s too bad that gaming is a non-starter with this thing. The peripherals aren’t the snazziest out there, but they don’t come off as overly cheap, either.
Ports and Connections
Despite its smaller frame, the Revo R3610 is packed with a slew of ports and connections. You get two USB ports in the front, plus another four in the back. There’s a high-speed eSATA port on the front panel, just below the headphone and microphone jacks. Above that is the memory card reader that handles SD, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard and xD formats. On the back is a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI output and VGA port. Last but not least, you get a S/PDIF coaxial output for supporting 7.1-channel surround sound. As you might expect on something this compact, there’s no optical drive.
Connecting to the Internet wirelessly is made easy with the support for 802.11n/g/b Wi-Fi, though it lacks Bluetooth for connecting peripherals, which would have been a nice feature for a wireless keyboard or mouse. A built-in TV tuner would’ve been nice too, but in order to turn the Revo R3610 into a DVR, you’ll need to use a USB capture device. The good news is that USB ports aren’t slim pickings, and Windows Media Center comes pre-installed, so the setup is primarily on the hardware side.
The included keyboard and mouse are naturally both wireless, and run on AAA batteries. You just need to plug in the included USB module to connect them to the Revo R3610. The mouse has decent tracking, but we found that replacing it with something like Microsoft’s Bluetrack mouse made it much easier to use on any surface around us, including the magnifier to navigate and surf the Web from a distance. Aside from that, the only other accessory to note is a bracket that you can use to mount the Revo R3610 onto the back of a monitor, thereby creating a modified all-in-one desktop.