The Acer Revo One RL85 is a small form-factor computer designed to serve as your home media hub. It supports up to 6TB of storage, up to two 4K displays, and 7.1 channel audio and up to an Intel Core i5 processor.

Unfortunately Acer currently has no plans to offer the Revo One in North America. While the company is introducing the entertainment center PC during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it will initially launch in the EMEA market (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

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The Acer Revo One has HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for connecting up to two monitors, three drive bays with support for up to a 2TB hard drive in each, and two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and as 802.11ac WiFi and Ethernet.

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You can open up the case to hot swap hard drives simply by opening a latch using a pen.

Acer is positioning the Revo One as a computer for your living room, and it comes with a wireless remote control that sports a trackpad and keyboard. There are also Acer Smart Control apps that let you remote control the computer from an Android or iOS device or stream content from your phone to your TV through the PC.

The Acer Revo One RL85 will launch in Europe this month for  €269 and up.

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15 replies on “Acer Revo One is a compact home media PC”

  1. This is a fantastic concept for a product. However, anyone who is smart enough to know how something like this is useful, already knows that they can build their own Mini-ITX computer and get better value, upgradability, and a more tailored product.

    One complaint I have about using 2.5″ drives, is that if you want lots of storage (2tb), you are forced to use low-performance eco/green drives. Which are slow, and not as reliable.

    My guess is that these are using U-series Core i3/i5 chips. And I’m guessing the €269 pricepoint buys you an i3 or worse.

    I know alot of advanced users would prefer their HTPC to be smaller, and keep all their content on another PC/server. But I am one of the weird people who likes having a dual-purpose NAS/media-player.

    1. I also have one PC that serves as a NAS, backup server, HTPC and video encoder/transcoder. I made sure it’s very quiet under load but I’m thinking of going fanless for the next one I slap together although the 5 year old quad core still performs decently compared to modern quad cores.

      1. I’m in the middle of collecting parts for a Mini-ITX build. I’m also going to use it for NAS/HTPC purposes.

        I bought a Cooler Master Elite 110 case. It holds 3x 3.5″ drives, or 4x 2.5″ drives.

        I’m using a Pentium G3258 cpu ($65, and very overclockable). And I discovered last night that I can fit a 212 Evo heatsink in it, if I don’t use a PSU (I’m going to use a PicoPSU). I have a spare 212 Evo, and I’m going to try to run it fanless. Its such a huge heatsink, I think it will do fine.

  2. Things like this need to come with Miracast, Bluetooth 4.x with APT-X audio and DLNA built in too just like a phone. Then again they say something about apps and streaming so maybe there is something like that. If you’re going to make this the central entertainment hub in your family room, it had better be able to connect to things conveniently. Oh and I also think it’s really REALLY ugly design wise – looks like a can opener or a pencil sharpener. People are going to look at it and if it sticks out like an ugly wart, people will notice and comment.

  3. Ctrl-F “Mac Pro” ==> no results…

    Do I really have to be the one to say it?

    1. The cylindrical Mac Pro? Looks nothin like it.

      If you had mentioned the Airport Time Capsule, though…

    2. The Mac Pro looks like a trash can. For the ASUS, I’m thinking an air filter or humidifier.


  5. Too bad they went with 2.5 inch HDD slots (must be 2.5 inch if max per drive is 2TB).
    With two 3.5 inch slots for up to 2x8TB and a 2.5 inch slot for a SSD (or at least an mSATA slot instead) it would me more interesting. Even 1×3.5 +1×2.5 slots would be a better choice, 3×2.5 is rather pointless.

    1. Everyone is entitled to their opinion i guess, mine however is that a central NAS is a far better place to have your main storage instead of the “Living Room PC”. So i’d rather have a smaller footprint 2.5″ Bay PC than a bulky one if i’m going for form over function like in this case.

      1. Then you don’t need the 3 bays here either and that’s exactly the point,they add bulk and cost to have 3 bays and for what? If you want the users to be able to add significant storage then go with a viable solution, if not than you go more compact (this one is bulky, half of this thing is HDD bays). Obviously Acer wanted to offer the user the storage option and they messed up.Not about what i want or you want, it’s about failed product design.They aren’t really addressing the market they targeted but a smaller one and they added bulk for nothing.
        Plus with more storage this can be the NAS, or fileserver or one wants to call it.

        1. for digital hoarders I agree, but I would imagine for most “normal” people, 4-6TB is more than adequate for a central locations to backup pcs/pics/ they likely stream more than download and watch. Add to it that 2.5mm is lower power, quieter and more shock prone, all good for an “everyman” device. The only issue I see is cost when you get up to 4 and 6tb, as that is ~$300 in HDD’s alone.

          I see this as a product for joe consumer, not someone looking for an 8 bay zfs network appliance.

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