Aspire Revo AR1600 Net Top
So i got an Aspire Revo Nettop for Christmas this year, and what better place to put it than a car? Specs are:
160 (but really like 130) GB HDD
Nvidia ION LE graphics
Intel Atom 230 processor (1.6GHz)
Win XP Home (what came installed...more on that later)
Ride Runner running Elite Lite skin (very pretty)
I must say, i am pretty impressed with this unit. It plays back 720p video flawlessly (kind of stutters w/ 1080, but i don't need that in my car and i haven't optimized my codecs and such for that). Hard drive space is enough for now, but i can always add an external via one of the 6 usb ports later. Install was simple. The dimensions of the unit are small enough that i could just pack everything underneath my seat (as opposed to a large box in my trunk for my previous car pc).
The unit runs off of 19VDC, but it comes with a power brick. I'm currently just using a small 12VDC to 120VAC converter, then plugging the power brick into that. It's enough for right now, but i would like to find a 19v laptop car DC-DC adapter (any suggestions?). As for startup/shutdown control, i simply wired the power button (a fairly simple mod - just pop off the plastic button and solder to two opposing leads of the button) up to my dash, and i manually turn the unit on/off. I'd like to implement some sort of control circuit, but i don't really have the time right now. I have the unit set to hibernate, and it takes less than 30sec from button push to music playing.
The only con i can think of right now for the Aspire Revo is the bundled crapware it came with. I have no idea how, but i managed to infect this sucker with a virus without even connecting it to the internet. I attempted to take off all the crapware, installed Ride Runner & codecs, and then installed some blackberry connection program from Sprint and BAM, stopped working. Due to it not having an optical drive, i had to get my hands on a usb-ide adapter and use one of the drives i had laying around. I didnt have an XP Home disc (and didnt feel like burning one), so i went ahead and put Pro on it.
Overall, i am definitely recommending the Acer Aspire Revo to the Car PC community. Seeing as how it's popular for home theater PCs (yeah, it has HDMI out :D ), it's more than enough power for a car PC. I would however recommend a fresh install of XP before using (that is, if XP is your OS).
Has anyone else been using one of these? If so, what are your thoughts?