Acer AspireRevo £250

12th Jun 2009 | 09:00

Acer AspireRevo

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TechRadar rating:

3 stars

Despite its impressive media handling, the Revo is just too expensive and slow


Handles media well; Light and quiet


Sluggish on Vista; Too expensive

The Aspire Revo is so light that you can hang the system on the back of your monitor, putting it completely out of sight. The ports and connectors are well placed for easy access too.

There are three different versions of the Aspire Revo. Two run Vista and boast 2GB of RAM and 160GB hard drives, while the third is a Linux revision costing £130 that offers a 8GB SSD alongside the Atom N230 and 1GB of RAM. You'll need extra storage unless you stream from your network.

The problem with the model we reviewed is that Windows Vista is incredibly sluggish, and while it handles media brilliantly, it's very frustrating to navigate. The Revo is far too expensive when compared to games consoles, and while it's quieter and more versatile, it's not the one-stop solution it might have been.

The Linux version is a better deal, and Windows 7 should run well on the lower specification too, so if you are tempted, that's our recommendation.

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