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HARDWARE VENDOR Acer has announced a Revo 100 multimedia device that uses the company's proprietary Clear.fi home networking system.
Having created a closed media-sharing network system to compete for living room space, Acer has come out with the Revo 100. The kit is Acer's first device to support its Clear.fi network.
The Revo 100 runs Clear.fi, which can connect, share and play media content on home networks - as long as your smartphone, notebook, netbook, HD media player and PC are all made by Acer.
The device is small and matte black, designed to sit on a stand or lay flat between your other living room consumer electronic devices. Punters can navigate their devices and apps using the Revopad dual-mode wireless touchpad that sits on one face of the Revo 100. This can be used as a touch keyboard or as a multi-gesture touchpad.
The device is powered by an AMD Athlon II Neo dual-core CPU and uses an Nvidia Ion GPU to offer 1080p HD playback. There are several flavours of the Revo 100 on the market, including a higher specification model with a TV tuner or Bluray drive. It has 4GB of DDR3 memory, a hard drive of up to 750GB capacity, and has an HDMI out plus three USB ports, a multiformat card reader and both wireless and wired LAN interfaces. It also has the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS preloaded.
It's great to have a one stop shop for sharing media and support for a bewildering array of file formats. However, Acer's Clear.fi networking technology is a closed shop so you can only use it with forthcoming Acer hardware that has the Clear.fi logo.
This seems like a pull in the opposite direction to the Digital Network Living Alliance (DNLA) standard, which is a designed to make media sharing easier for users. DNLA is brand agnostic and 250 tech vendors have signed up to it, including Acer. In fact, Acer has already released a DLNA certified version of this kit earlier this year.
The Revo 100 is out now starting from £599.99 for the base unit. µ
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