When it first launched earlier this year, the Acer Revo One proved that you didn’t need to open up a PC tower or complexly wire things together in order to get a small, powerful computer. But now the company is going a step further with the acer revo build mini pc, a modular upgrade that allows you to add external storage and even more computing power without ever having to open up the case.
The base unit comes with a choice of Intel Pentium or Celeron processors and up to 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and then you can add on special modifier “Blocks” containing hardware like a hot-swap portable hard drive, wireless power bank or an audio block with speakers and microphones. These are connected to the main chassis via magnetic pogo pins, meaning you don’t have to worry about lining up tiny connectors or forcing them into place. Acer will gradually release more of these blocks in the future, and it also has plans to add expansion capabilities such as Thunderbolt to the mix down the road.
We tested a unit with the audio block, 1TB portable hard drive and AMD Radeon R5 graphics block, and found the Acer Revo Build to be responsive and well-performing in most tasks. Games like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm ran at a decent frame rate on low settings, but with the graphics block added the visuals really popped. It’s an interesting idea, and if the additional “Blocks” come in at reasonable prices, the Acer Revo Build could prove to be a great way for consumers with little or no PC building experience to upgrade their systems without having to break the bank on a full desktop.