Acer Rolls Out Home Media Center PC for US Consumers

By Ashok Bindra June 13, 2011

Powered by AMD Athlon II Neo K325 dual-core 1.3 GHz processor, Asian computer giant Acer is rolling out its new Revo RL100 home entertainment PC for the United States consumers. It went on US retail shelves over the weekend, reports Yahoo News. However, the sleek and budget-friendly home media center PC was first introduced overseas late last year.

Featuring a sleek look (just one inch in depth) with a novel dual-mode keyboard, the Revo RL100 is designed to interconnect all Acer home based and mobile devices, including smartphones, using proprietary clear-fi technology, wrote Yahoo News. The RF100 also comes equipped with, and without,  a Blu-ray DVD and a backlit keyboard.

The novel dual-mode keyboard switches between a touch-based keyboard and a trackpad-like mouse. While the clear-fi wireless networking technology permits all Acer mobile devices around the home to interconnect and share content. Since clear-fi is DLNA compatible, it also permits file sharing with non-Acer devices, according to Acer.

Other features of the media center PC Revo RL100 include 1080p HD video playback and Web HD Flash acceleration, 4 GB of RAM, a 750- GB SATA hard drive, three USB 2.0 ports (two in back, one in front), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a multi-in-one media card reader, plus HDMI and S/PDIF output for connecting to a home theater system.

Available now from retailers, the suggested price for Acer Revo RL100 is $499.99. The version with built-in Blu-ray drive carries a suggested price of $569.99.

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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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