Acer Announces Revo One: Tiny HTPC Moonlighting As A NAS

Announced at CES, Acer is preparing the Revo One RL85, an HTPC that, while resembling a bin, boasts quite the variety of features. It'll handle two 4K displays, 6TB of mass storage, and isn't held back by a sluggish Intel Bay Trail or AMD Jaguar-based processor.

 

 

Indeed, Acer claims a latest-gen Broadwell Core i5 CPU inhabits the Revo One. There's a trifecta of 2.5” drive bays for 6TB of combined storage, in addition to the SD card slot up top. Video outputs include HDMI 1.4 and Mini DisplayPort, while 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet comprise the network connectivity.

 

 

Of particular note with the Revo One is how simple it is to access two of its drive bays. Hands-on articles detail the tool-less removal of the top cover, immediately beneath which lie the two caddies. Though you'll need a screwdriver to go further, at least there's RAID 0/1/5 support, further equipping the One to compete with full-fledged NAS boxes.

Acer also provides software that can turn the Revo One into a “uniquely private” cloud server, plus apps that allow for remote control and media streaming to the box from one's smartphone.

 

 

Moving on, a pair each of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports line the rear port cluster of the Revo One, alongside a headphone jack, Kensington lock slot and AC adapter input. Generously, Acer will include a wireless remote with a QWERTY keyboard on one side, meant for couch surfing and posting reactions on Twitter while watching movies (I guess).

On that note, it's unclear what operating system Acer will preload onto shipping systems. They also haven't confirmed whether or not the Revo One will come available stateside.

 

 

That's right: Acer's box will come available in Europe this month for 269 Euros (about $319 USD), but we're yet to be sure of a release elsewhere. Regardless, Acer has a neat product here: The Revo One will replace your HTPC and NAS while keeping a low profile in your media center.