Summary: The built in keyboard broke after 1 year and at 2 years the fan is running so hard that I cant hear the tv shows that its playing, but overall its a great little computer for streaming media onto my 50 inch with surround sound
Great Unit To Add to Any High End Entertainment System
8 December 2012
Summary: I was looking for a PC to go with my entertainment system but I didn't want a full size computer. Having several digital copies of my movies I was looking for something full featured with Media Center. This unit works great, fits right in with my entertainment system, has HDMI, USB. I couldn't have asked for more.
Summary: I built my first HTPC back in 2004. We have movies, pictures and music available, but its primary use was as a PVR using MediaPortal as the interface to a SiliconDust HDHomerun TV tuner. Sadly, a capacitor blew on the motherboard. Replace the motherboard? Build a new HTPC? Neither, after reading plenty of reviews on standalone PVRs I decided to get the Revo RL100. I'm glad I did. Setup was easy. HDMI to the TV, RJ45 to the Revo, toslink optical to the receiver.
Summary: I got this to be a HTPC. For that purpose, it works great. I did not bother with the included keyboard/mouse. I stream from the web and my home network, wired. My own videos and Netflix feeds work fine on my 42" LG 1080P TV, everything scales nicely. It does not have a problem with the HD streams, which I was a little concerned about. So far, I am pleased with this PC. Small, quiet and fills my needs nicely. Update: After having had this a couple of months.
Summary: Very pleased with this purchase. Has fully enabled us to shut off DirectTV, which cost us about $115/month. So this thing effectively pays for itself in about 3 months or so. I'll start with the positive then discuss the negatives that prevented me from giving it 5-stars. Positives: Very small, thin, sleek design. The popout touchpad/keyboard is a smart feature that works very well. We have ours connected to a 45", 1080p Vizio via HDMI.
Summary: I am very impressed with this item. It is exactly what I was looking for in a HTPC. My primary concern was for streaming video because I have cut the cable and now stream all of my television over the internet. Streaming HD Video is clean, smooth and vivid, depending of course on the quality of the video being streamed.
Summary: The other reviews here are pretty spot on. I would just like to add to the chorus of "look for an alternative wireless keyboard" The included one looks nice but does not function well and will frustrate your experience
Summary: Acer Revo RL100-U1002 Desktop Computer (Black) Acer designed this specifically for being a HTPC. It's sleek, stylish, and reasonably fast, just don't expect to play any 3D games on it. My setup: Acer RL 100 running XBMC, Pioneer VSX 1021-K receiver, Polk Audio TL-250 surround speakers, Inifity PS212 Subwoofer and Samsung 46 inch LED TV. Acer -> Receiver -> TV Acer recognized the Receiver, just make sure you enable surround sound within Windows to send sound within HDMI.
Summary: I got my hands on a RL 100 over the weekend. It's not bad. It fits nicely in an entertainment center as if it were a DVD player or cable box. The video quality and overall performance meets expectations. If your goal is to watch downloaded or streaming media, this will do nicely. I'm giving it 4 starts because the keyboard is horrible. Great Idea, but it doesn't respond well at all and almost impossible to use. Plan on buying another wireless keyboard.