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Acer launches first Nvidia Ion PC

Acer launches first Nvidia Ion PC

Based on Nvidia's Ion platform, Acer's AspireRevo is no larger than your average hardback book.

Back in February, Intel’s controversial “Nvidia Ion Competitive Positioning Guide” stated that “Nvidia claims that many OEMs are exploring the Ion, but as of this writing, no customer has publicly disclosed plans to design Ion-based products.” However, this is now a redundant point as Acer has revealed its AspireRevo, which is based on Nvidia’s new Atom-based Ion platform.

The pictures of the AspireRevo show that this is the official release of Acer’s Wii-esque Hornet concept, which was revealed in a leaked presentation in February. Nvidia describes the AspireRevo as being “no larger than a typical hardcover book,” but adds that it’s also “a fully capable desktop with advanced graphics and impressive multimedia features.”

Unlike your typical Atom-based nettop, Nvidia says that the Ion-based AspreRevo “can handle a wide variety of computing needs,” which include HD video playback and gaming. The company says that you can play Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Spore on the tiny system, and that it can also playback 1080p video with 7.1 audio.

A variety of connections are provided on the box, including six USB 2 ports, HDMI and VGA display connectors, an eSATA port and a memory card reader. The machine will come with Windows Vista Home Premium installed as standard, and will feature an Atom 230 CPU and up to 4GB of DDR2 memory. There will also be a choice of either an SSD or a hard drive for storage.

Nvidia also notes that the tiny PC’s integrated GPU can enable “accelerated video enhancement and transcoding using Nvidia CUDA technology.” Nvidia’s senior vice president of marketing, Dan Vivoli, said the GPU would enable you to “watch Blu-ray movies and HD movie trailers, or clean up jerky, dim cell phone videos for internet streaming. This is the perfect PC for today’s consumers.” However, no Blu-Ray drive is included in the PC as standard, so you would have to attach an external drive to watch Blu-Ray movies on the AspireRevo.

Acer’s corporate vice president of marketing, Gianpiero Morbello, said that “the AspireRevo is small and quiet enough to go anywhere, yet big enough to handle all the needs of your digital lifestyle.” He also added that “it’s perfectly suited for the living room, because Nvidia Ion provides a brilliant graphics experience with digital photos, watching video, and playing family-friendly games.”

As the presentation slides for the Hornet first revealed, the AspireRevo will also be available in a bundle with a game controller much like Nintendo’s Wiimote. Acer describes this as “a game controller with 3D motion sensors offering numerous functionalities.”

“Besides being able to be used like a pointing-device (air mouse) or remote control for the media center,” says Acer, “the controller transforms into 3 primary different gaming scenarios from an airplane/race-car steering device, or a tennis racket/baseball bat or a shooting device with built-in trigger. The device is very sophisticated and does not only keep track of points during the game, but captures and tracks very precise user motion.”

There’s no official word on pricing yet, but the original leaked presentation slides for the Hornet said that it could cost “couple hundreds [sic] dollars.” Would you be interested in purchasing a small Ion-based PC such as this? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Da_Rude_Baboon 8th April 2009, 12:13 Quote
Give it an internal Blu-Ray drive and i'm sold!
TomH 8th April 2009, 13:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Da_Rude_Baboon
Give it an internal Blu-Ray drive and i'm sold!
Because that wouldn't double the price...

It'd be nice to see if the x64 extensions on the 230 would improve the HD playback at all..
Red Eye 8th April 2009, 13:02 Quote
This is good news to me, I've never built a desktop before but I'm really impressed with the ION, cant wait to build my own machine with this in it.
[USRF]Obiwan 8th April 2009, 13:27 Quote
Maybe the next generation Networked Media Tank
Mentai 8th April 2009, 14:01 Quote
Lol at it being half a HTPC and half a wii. I have to say though, it does look like quite a good product.
n3mo 8th April 2009, 14:12 Quote
Wow, it's the first time when Acer made something even potentially interesting.
WildThing 8th April 2009, 14:27 Quote
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"Nvidia says that the Ion-based AspreRevo “can handle a wide variety of computing needs,"
AspireRevo?

Looks pretty cool, when will Bit-Tech get one to play with?
interzen 8th April 2009, 15:10 Quote
Just .... gimme!

I read elsewhere that Acer will be punting this at the $300 price point, but even if it ends up being £300 it'd be a worthy replacement for the manky old mini-ITX box that is currently running my home webserver.

Hell, if they do one in white it'll look very nice sat on top of my Mac-styled HDMI switch :-)
jrs77 8th April 2009, 18:08 Quote
I don't care specifically about this Acer-product, but it's nice to see that the Ion-systems are starting to get produced.

Ion will be the first real media-center for your living-room, with the capability of running BlueRay and 1080i HD videos flawlessly, where the so far used miniITX-systems failed to deliver enough performance.

Ion is small, powerfull enough for all media-tasks and silent to be used out of the box in your living-room.

Can't wait for more Ion-systems to be released.
Burnout21 8th April 2009, 18:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
I don't care specifically about this Acer-product, but it's nice to see that the Ion-systems are starting to get produced.

Ion will be the first real media-center for your living-room, with the capability of running BlueRay and 1080i HD videos flawlessly, where the so far used miniITX-systems failed to deliver enough performance.

Ion is small, powerfull enough for all media-tasks and silent to be used out of the box in your living-room.

Can't wait for more Ion-systems to be released.

+1
DriftCarl 8th April 2009, 23:01 Quote
nice, since my PC needs have matured over the last few years I no longer feel the need for expensive huge systems with everything I can fit into it. I am now after a small but powerful quiet computer that can run stuff at a decent performance rate but can also be hidden away under the desk, or even on a book shelf by the sounds of it :D
HourBeforeDawn 9th April 2009, 00:53 Quote
so wait the lawsuits have been settled then???
LordPyrinc 9th April 2009, 03:08 Quote
Price be-damned! At least give me the option of having an internal Blu-Ray drive. I'd rather not have to hook up an external drive to it... that somewhat defeats the purpose of having a small form pc.

That being said, I hope that I never get to such tight living quarters where I don't have the room for a decent sized tower that I can put multiple drives in. Sure, an air cooled tower emits some noise, but seriously? Do you not run audio to a decent set of speakers that covers that slight bit of ambient noise? Only time I hear fan whir is if the audio has gone dead silent.
Red Eye 9th April 2009, 12:50 Quote
I love the naming of the device, wasn't the codename for the Nintendo Wii the 'Revolution'. Could there be any possibility Nintendo could sue?
zhangmaster12 15th April 2009, 16:06 Quote
Im sold!
once this thing comes out in the US, imma snatch one!
ZERO <ibis> 26th April 2009, 23:40 Quote
If it does not have digital out then it is a no buy...
Bindibadgi 27th April 2009, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZERO <ibis>
If it does not have digital out then it is a no buy...

HDMI is included.
Bindibadgi 27th April 2009, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Red Eye
I love the naming of the device, wasn't the codename for the Nintendo Wii the 'Revolution'. Could there be any possibility Nintendo could sue?

It gets better than that - Acer are including a white, wireless gaming "mouse" to control a bundled set of Wii-like PC games too.
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