When most people buy a new computer, they usually get a pre-built machine that comes with the components that are already installed. That's not always the case, though, as many consumers opt for a custom build to suit their own needs. But that process can be difficult for those without a lot of experience. Acer wants to simplify things with its acer revo build mini desktop, which is basically a modular PC that allows you to swap out hardware modules.
It starts with a base unit that's about the size of an Intel NUC, measuring 4.9'' x 4.9'' x 2.2''. From there, you can add various ''Blocks'' that add features like a hot-swappable portable hard drive, a wireless power bank for mobile charging, and more. These stack on top of the base and connect to it through a system that uses magnetic/electric pins along the top and bottom that snap into place.
Our review unit came with the 1TB 5400RPM Portable Hard Drive Block, a Wireless Power Bank Block, and a Graphics Block that provides upgraded graphics performance for better gaming or the ability to play 4K2K content. The base module has an Intel Pentium or Celeron CPU and up to 8GB of RAM, which can be upgraded by loosening one screw on the back.
Connectivity isn't limited, either, as the main section offers a mixture of USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, and Ethernet ports. There's even a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Kensington lock port.