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Acer Aspire Revo R3610…SOLD OUT

First off, I want one of these.  I also want to review one, badly.  The problem is that I can’t seem to buy one anywhere.  The Acer Aspire Revo R3610 is sold out.  It’s on back-order at newegg for over a month now.

So why am I so excited about this little desktop?  It’s a little desktop that packs enough power to do most, if not, all tasks.  Disclaimer, I’m not a gamer, but I’m sure the Nvidia ION graphic chip in the Revo can power most games.  Don’t expect killer frame rates though.

Asus Eee Box EB1501

Asus Eee Box EB1501

But like all things on the market, the Revo R3610 has competition.  The Asus Eee Box EB1501 packs the same internals as the Revo R3610 and a DVD burner in a small little box.

At this point, I’ll get which ever one that is available first.

Acer Aspire Revo 3610

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Finally, a nettop that I might purchase.  Acer has refreshed the Aspire Revo with more power while keeping the Nvidia ION graphic chip untouched.  The original Revo had mixed reviews.  But the consensus was that it lacked performance for the everyday use.

The Acer Aspire Revo 3610 gets a power boost with the dual-core Atom N330, replacing the single-core Atom N230.  You’re also getting more memory, up to 4GB, and more hard drive space.  You’re also getting 6 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, a memory card slot, and unfortuately, a VGA port.  It’s rumored to ship with Windows 7 Home Premium.  Expect the price to be $300 – $350.  No word on the release date yet.

Acer AspireRevo Launched

Well, it seems that I am a little slow in cover the nettops.  Newegg recently launched the Acer AspireRevo Nettop for $199.  For $200, you get a decent little computer with the new Nvidia ION graphic chip.

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Specs:
Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz)
1GB DDR2 (rumored to be expandable to 4GB)
160GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
Nvidia ION LE Graphics
Windows XP Home
Card Reader
VGA and HDMI port
USB mouse and keyboard

It’s a nice little package for $200.  Seriously, $200.  Even at that price, the Atom 230 doesn’t even bother me.  I might just buy this little thing for my parents to replace an aging Dell desktop.

Click here to go to the Newegg Product Page.

Acer Aspire One 751H Freezing Problem

First off, I do not own an Acer Aspire One 751H., but after reading about this problem, I decided to help spread the word.

Apparently, Acer Aspire One 751H owners are experience periodic freezing when using their 11.6 inch netbook.  Being a netbook owner myself, I can understand the frustration when things are not right.  If you are experiencing this problem, please visit the Acer Aspire One User Forum for ideas.  http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=16164

I do not believe there is a solution yet.

Good Luck.

12 Inch Netbooks – Samsung NC20 vs. Acer Aspire One 751H

There’s so many netbooks out there that I can’t keep up with it anymore.  It seems like with every passing day, somebody has a new netbook out.  I’m focusing on 12 inch netbooks today.  Yes, you can get a 12 inch notebook, but depending on your needs, you might not need a full notebook.

I’ll cover the Samsung NC20 and the Acer Aspire One 751h series.  The Acer isn’t exactly a 12 inch model, but 11.6″ is  close enough.

Samsung NC20

Samsung NC20

  • VIA Nano U2250 (1.3+ GHz)
  • On board graphic processor with shared memory
  • 12.1″ WXGA Screen 1280 x 800
  • 1GB Memory
  • 160 GB Hard drive
  • Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Web cam
  • 802.11b/g wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • 3 USB ports
  • SD Card Slot
  • 6 Cell Battery
  • 3.3 lbs.
  • Windows XP Home

Amazon.com Price $499

Acer Aspire One 751h

Acer Aspire One 751H

  • Intel Atom Z520 (1.33 GHz)
  • 11.6″ WXGA Screen 1366 x 768
  • Intel GMA 500 Graphic processor with shared memory
  • 1 or 2 GB memory
  • 160 or 250 GB Hard drive
  • Built-in web cam
  • 802.11b/g wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • 3 USB ports
  • SD Card Slot
  • 6 Cell Battery
  • 2.97 lbs.
  • Windows XP or Vista

Amazon.com $399 with the lower options with XP.

Update:  Looks like Amazon just removed the XP model from their site.  However, newegg.com has it in stock.

Newegg.com $350 with the lower options with XP.

Amazon.com $380 + Free Shipping with the higher options with Vista.

With the Acer, I highly suggest you get the XP model because netbooks are just not strong enough to run Vista.  On that note, some full size notebooks are not strong enough to run Vista.  My desktop with an Intel Q9650 Quad core didn’t like Vista.  Bottom line, don’t get Vista.  I’m not sure what manufacturers are thinking when they put Vista on a netbook.  Sure, it’ll run, but you don’t power for anything else.

Of these two netbooks, the Acer is the slower model.  The Atom Z520 is newer than the standard Atom N270/N280, but the N-series CPU has more power.  Between the Samsung NC20 and the Acer Aspire One, the Samsung NC20 with the VIA Nano CPU is faster.  However, both models still struggle to play HD video.  Don’t even think about playing high quality Youtube videos.

The Samsung is more expensive than the Acer.  But for the extra $100, the NC20 offer a better a build quality.  My major complaints with most netbooks is that it feels like a toy.  These two netbooks are not full desktop or notebook replacements.  Instead, they are good for light duty office tasks and light internet use while mobile.  If you rely heavily on your computer for work or play, it’s best to get something with more power and a dedicated graphic option.

Laptop Deal – Best Bang for the Buck #1

Acer Aspire AS5735-6694 Notebook is a good value for your bucks.

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acer-aspire-as5735-6694

In this economy, you have to stretch your dollar and get the most you can.  Buying a new notebook can be tough.  Most of the salesman in the big box stores seem to speak another language.  I admit that you really should buy a laptop that fits your needs.  For the sake of simplicity, I’ll pick one that does a little bit of everything.

I recommend this Acer laptop because it has a strong CPU, a nice screen, lots of memory, a decent hard drive, and a better integrated graphic chipset.  It could have a stand alone graphic processor, but the Intel GMA 4500MHD is a newer chip.  It has an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 (2.0 GHz), 4 GB of memory, 15.4 inch WXGA screen  (1366×768), and comes with wireless N connectivity.

Rating 4 out of 5, 5 being the best.

Amazon.com has this unit for $594 with free shipping.

Newegg.com has this unit for $599.

Netbook Bandwagon

The Netbook bandwagon has become the netbook big rig truck.  It seems everyone has a netbook these days.  They’re all about the same price and have almost the same specs.  For about $350, you get a 10 inch, 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom, 1GB, 160GB hard drive, running Windows XP Home.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

The problem is that all the manufacturers are making the same thing with no product differientiation.  When it comes to netbooks, I think of 3 brands, Asus, MSI, and Acer.  Since everything else is the same, the keyboard and battery life is a huge factor when it comes to picking out the right one.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a place that lets you have any hands on time with the netbooks.

Acer Apsire One AOD 150

Acer Apsire One AOD 150

So my recommendations:

Asus:  Asus Eee PC 1000HE $385
Acer:  Acer Aspire One AOD150 10.1 Inch $330
MSI:  MSI Wind U120 $330

Coming Soon:

If you’re looking for something a little bigger, I would wait for the Lenovo S12.  It’s a 12 inch, Atom powered netbook with the Nvidia ION GPU.  ION brings 1080P capabilities to a netbook.  That also means it can handle games at a decent frame rate.  Read about it here.

Lenovo S12

Lenovo S12