Hands On Review of the Acer Aspire RevoView Multimedia Player
Over the last week or so we have shown you the unboxing of the RevoView and some of the screenshots, now it is time for the full hands on review of this HD device.
This little device first made an appearance at the IFA 2010 show a few weeks ago.
Here is what Acer had to say about it:
Acer Aspire RevoView: the best TV companion
2010-09-03 – Berlin
More and more users want to be able to share their ever growing digital libraries with family and friends on their big screen TVs. Sadly, photos, movies videos or music lay scattered on different devices – computers, USB drives, portable music players, smartphones, digital cameras or camcorders – and sending them from one device to enjoy on another one is not always simple.
The new Aspire RevoView is an HD DLNA certified media player that can playback media content from all DLNA certified devices that helps you share and enjoy your digital media. Featuring network capability and Full HD 1080p playback, it makes watching digital content on a high-definition TV easy and intuitive. There is no need of complex devices settings, burning DVDs or connecting a computer to the TV: Aspire RevoView connects directly to your TV via an HDMI port, plus it seamlessly integrates with your surround speaker system for an immersive entertainment experience.
Four easy steps are all you need to enjoy digital content on your TV with the Acer Aspire RevoView:
1. Save your created or downloaded content to an USB storage device or memory card
2. Plug USB device into the Aspire RevoView or insert memory card in the slot
3. Connect the Aspire RevoView to your TV
4. You are ready to enjoy your HD content on TV!
It can get even easier than that. The Aspire RevoView can be equipped with an internal swappable 3.5” HDD for seamless media exchange. The HDD tray can be shared with the 2010 Aspire M Series desktop PCs, allowing you to easily share and enjoy your downloaded or created content. The RevoView really bridges the gap between the computer and entertainment world.
An Ethernet port provides direct access to the Internet allowing you to watch online videos via YouTube or enjoy your or your friends Flickr or Picasa photo slide-shows in the comfort of your living room.
There’s no end to the fun thanks to the extensive digital media support: the Aspire RevoView makes it easy for everyone to store, play and share their media with no concern for compatibility.
A user friendly interface brings together all available media, permitting to effortlessly navigate through music, video and photo collections. Content can be displayed by folder, list or thumbnails and it can be sorted either alphabetically or by date. Plus, you can playback content from USB connected mass storage and memory cards as well as optical disks.
For seamless operation, the Aspire RevoView comes with an handy 26 keys remote control permitting to easily work media playback functions from afar and to swiftly navigate through the user friendly media center. What’s more, main functions, such as videos, photos and music are quickly accessible through dedicated hotkeys.
Aspire RevoView can also be used as an USB external hard drive where you can store your growing digital libraries and can be used as a back-up drive.
A fully featured media player, Aspire RevoView combines high storage capacity, a compact design and seamless playback functionalities.
On the side of the RevoView are two USB 2.0 ports (one of the wireless USB dongle if you want to use it and one for an external drive, again, if you want to use one). The blue thing is a power light (you can turn it off if you want – more on that later).
The rear of the RevoView contains the power connector, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a mini USB port, optical audio output and component connections.
On the front of the RevoView is a flap that when opened houses the hard drive tray. There is also a multi-card reader that supports SD/MMC/XD/MS/MS Pro memory cards.
If you open the front flap you can see a hard drive tray. You can click the orange tab and remove the drive tray (in the exactly the same way that Acer handle the drives in their Windows Home Servers). The included drive is a 1TB Western Digital Green Drive. More on this later.
Diehard asked to see a size comparison so here is the RevoView next to my Apple iPhone 4. As you can see, its quite small!