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Acer Revo One RL85 review

Richard Easton
17 May 2015
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
399
inc VAT

A clever design means Acer's brilliant Revo One mini PC can double-up as a 3-drive server

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Specifications

Processor: Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel Core i3-4005U, RAM: 4GB, Front USB ports : 0, Rear USB ports: 2x USB, 2x USB3, Total storage: 2TB hard disk, Graphics card: Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, Display: N/A, Operating system: Windows 8.1

The Revo One is one of the least traditional-looking PCs we've seen in a long time, but Acer's thinking that it would make a great living room PC goes some way to explaining its unconventional design.

The cuboid design and pleasantly rounded corners don't demand your attention, making the Revo One the kind of object you wouldn't mind leaving on display in your AV cabinet, but it's small enough to hide out of the way if you prefer. It looks equally attractive in either glossy white or black colours, and Acer has kept branding to a minimum. The white activity LEDs on the top aren't too distracting either.

The fact that Acer has managed to make room for three storage disks in a system as small as the Revo One is an impressive feat. It has the potential to hold up to 6TB of storage across three 2.5in disks, making it an excellent choice as a media server or Windows-powered NAS. Our review unit came with a single 2TB drive, but the Revo One is available in a multitude of specifications including an SSD boot drive.

Installing extra disks is incredibly easy as well, with a button on the back of the case releasing the outer enclosure. Two flanking hard disk trays then simply lift up and out for adding or removing storage. Accessing the main system disk isn’t as straightforward, requiring a screwdriver and a reasonable amount of disassembly, but doing so will let you access the single memory slot.

Acer Revo One RL85 ports

PERFORMANCE

Just like the wide range of storage options, there are plenty of choices when it comes to the Revo One's processor. The less expensive models use a dual-core, 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2957U and start at around £239, but there are also faster Core-i3 versions. Our review model was equipped with the dual-core, 1.7GHz Core i3-4005U with 4GB of RAM.

In our demanding application benchmarks, which use 4K resolution video, it managed to score 18 overall. The overall score was brought down by a poor multitasking performance, a consequence of the dual-core processor and limited memory. The Revo One won't break any records, and clearly isn't designed for strenuous multitasking, but this result is more than sufficient for a PC that will most likely be used as a media centre. That being said, Windows boot speeds left a lot to be desired, taking upwards of a minute to reach the desktop. An SSD would make a big difference, but it would mean sacrificing storage capacity.

Intel's processors are more than capable of transcoding Full HD video, but unsurprisingly the Revo One isn't cut out for serious gaming. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 could only achieve a jerky 17.8fps in Dirt Showdown at 1,920x720 resolution, with 4x anti-aliasing and High graphics. If you temper your expectations, however, more casual games like Minecraft are perfectly playable; here the average frame rate was a smooth 54fps. Continues on Page 2

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