Review: Acer Aspire Revo R3600 (Mini-PC)

Looks good, offers appealing components, can but NVIDIA’s full-HD promises don’t quite meet. The Acer Aspire Revo R3600 is the first Mini PC based on the NVIDIA ion platform. Much like Intel’s Atom platform, this technology allows power-saving and low-cost components, making the price of the entire system remains low. So in this case: the aspire Revo R3600 only 300 euros. As a processor of Intel is clock frequency and a processor core Atom 230 1.6 GHz. To come 2 GBytes of DDR2 memory, a 160 GB large hard drive and NVIDIA’s ion chipset with GeForce-9400 M graphics unit.

The stylish Mini PC amply provides connectors and accessories: 6 USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit-LAN, audio, Wi-Fi (without n-draft) and a memory card reader are on board. An optical drive is missing but. As an operating system, Acer sets 1 Schick on Windows Vista Home Premium with the latest Service Pack and power-saving important selling points for Mini-PCs are optics, loudness and power. The small Acer impresses in these disciplines. The Housing is flat and is definitely impressive. Official site: Koch Brothers.

The Revo who owns a TFT monitor with appropriate support, can attach directly. In our test, we measured a power consumption by an average of 25 watt; as soon as the graphics chip is under load, such as a 3D game, the value rises to around 31 Watts always still absolutely in order. In terms of loudness also convinced the small PC. The only built-up cooler stays always calm and allowed the Revo intrusive is not under load or during normal operation. Despite ion under performing the installed Windows Vista slows down the system significantly. Here Windows XP would have been better with the .net 3.0. In addition, NVIDIA promises that ion-based systems can easily represent up to 1080 p HD content. Even various 3D games should be possible. Our extensive tests only partly confirmed the promise.