Summary: I never write product reviews, however given the utterly atrocious quality of this equipment I felt compelled to warn others. My experience: I ordered this equipment on February 18th with free shipping and received it February 22nd, excellent job by Amazon, no problems there. However the equipment came with a defective Motherboard, so off to the local Acer-Warranty center it went.
Summary: Love the size and system but mouse and keyboard, while compact and interesting, are at times too finicky to work properly. Still trying to work out 'right click' on mouse so that pop-up menus will appear. Have had to use my own remote mouse at times. The keyboard is problematic at times as well so small that typing is often an effort. I intend to use a remote keyboard at times when I need to type information.
Too slow - Even for streaming. BR player didn't work either.
E. Valdez "Lockported", Amazon
26 March 2013
Summary: Not satisfied at all. Great concept but execution failed. processor not fast enough even for streaming. I already had a PC for this function but it was big. I thought this was a great way to clean up the clutter in my entertainment system. Acer just didn't create it to be powerful enough. Image was choppy and it kept stalling when using Netflix, Hulu or even youtube. Forget about trying it to play Blu Rays. Glad Amazon has a great return policy.
Summary: The main reason I purchased this PC was to hook it up to my tv and run it as a media player. As others have stated, the bloatware that comes on the machine is a bit crazy, but after uninstalling everything and starting with a clean system it runs great. It is only about half the size of my blu-ray player, which has now been replaced by this. The good: Silence. Fanless pc that you can actually leave on in your entertainment system.
Summary: i like this PC because for me, it plays all my media files including my HD movies with no issues at all. If you are looking for a HTPC just for media files , this is your product. For gaming in todays world, this PC will not be for you.
Summary: The remote pad didn't work well. It was very dificult to log into the computer. Also, the initial screen over scanned the television screen and I couldn't access the "Start" button in Windows. The Acer Help gave me the wrong information as to the Revo video card. This caused much wasted time to contact Help again and finally get the correct information. I would like to return the computer!
Summary: Not performant, not reliable. Tried to use it as a Media Center PC with a Ceton USB tuner, just couldn't handle it. Media Center is garbage. The bloatware they give you is garbage. The touchpad controller is such a great idea and is what sold it for me but it barely works from the head of my bed where I am sitting up to the dresser at the foot, maybe 10 ft and seems very sensitive to line of sight and interference from my laptop (presumably because of the wifi?
Excellent for streaming as well as a wonderful compact computer!
Kimberly Kindle, Amazon
6 May 2012
Summary: We initially sought out a new computer for streaming. This is excellent for streaming and a wonderful compact computer. However- don't order it without ordering a wireless mouse and keyboard. The keyboard/mouse attachment the Acer comes with is a horrible interface. But as I said the streaming is excellent and the computer power is wonderful for a compact computer.
Summary: After read all the reviews, I decided to give it a try. Received it today, open the box, hook up the HDMI to my 52" Sony LCD, power it up and everything works just fine: tested youtube, streaming movie, blue-ray movie, etc. However, here is what I found about this particular model: 1. No SD card reader 2. No TV connection The keyboard/mouse-pad is some what difficult to use but sure it looks nice. Overall, it does what a HTPC suppose to be.
Summary: I got this as a HTPC primarily to play DivX and H.264 videos off the HD and streaming over the network (the blu-ray player was a nice touch, but I haven't really used it). It turned out to be noticeably choppy while playing back even 720P video connected to a 1080P display. This was using VLC as the player and the default install of Windows x64 Home Premium with all the latest drivers.