This week we heard a preview of Google TV and some rumors of the Apple TV, both promise to bring the Web to your living room TV, however their execution would lend to more questions and uncertainty than definite answers.
In the other hand, an known solution that we might overlook is just simply hooking up a venerable PC to your TV, which seems to be the easiest one. You don’t have to worry about Flash or HTML5 spuuport or whether HuLu, Youtube or your latest PC games will work or not…They all work the same way as your existing PC.
Until now the form factor, the noise and performance to draw 1080P video have been the major hurdles to integrate in to your home theater cabinet but Acer might have a right solution for you.
Acer has reworked the REVO with a new model, the Aspire REVO 3610 is a small, slim, quiet and affordable PC. It can be a stand alone PC (monitor is not included) or be snapped onto the back of an optional LCD/ big screen TV that supports the VESA Mounting Interface Standard (MIS).
Designed and priced similarly to a netbook, but it has additional features to accommodate its multimedia serving purposes. Starting with the new Intel Atom N330 Dual Core processor (1MB L2 cache, 1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB), 2GB (1/1) DDR2 800 SDRAM, 160GB SATA hard drive complemented by advanced NVIDIA ION graphics. HDMI connectivity supports full 1080p HD for life-like imagery. An eSATA port, six USB ports and multi-in-one card reader make for fast and easy transfer of your photos and other files. Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/Draft-N WLAN are available for networking connectivity. The package includes wireless mouse and keyboard for data input.
On the software side, The Revo comes with Windows 7 Home Premium , 64-bit version. You might have to check around to get video players that can take advantage of the hardware accelerator of the GPU. Watch the below videos to find out.
The Acer Revo R3610 is available HERE for around $300