A whole new level with “Revo Build M1-60”, the Revo Build is a modular computer that lets you click together different parts like Lego to add performance. Acer is pitching the mini desktop PC at people, who do not want to go as far as building traditional tower PC from scratch but seek an entertainment machine with higher level of customize-ability than what is available to buy today.
The Revo Build’s endless possibilities makes it an intriguing device, and one that could even cater for gaming players in the future if Acer manages to squeeze something along the lines of AMD’s R9 Nano GPU inside. The base unit comes with an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor with integrated HD graphics, all backed up by up to 8GB of DDR4 RAM that can be upgraded by loosening a single screw.
Blocks can be placed in any order and are connected using pogo pins on on the top left-hand edge. On the back of the Revo Build’s base unit are a number of ports, including HDMI-out, two USB ports, power and an ethernet connection. It would not be crazy to think that a block offering further expansion capabilities such as Thunderbolt or Display-port would arrive in the future.
The magnetic action lets the blocks come together in a literal snap, and just enough force is required to prize them apart. You could accidentally knock the Revo Build over and the blocks would stay in place. Acer is launching several hot-swappable blocks at launch, including 500GB or 1TB portable hard drives.
The Revo build, which looks to do a great job of removing the complexity from building a PC. It may not pack the power of desktop PCs such as Apple’s Mac Mini or Intel’s NUC, but its upgrade-ability ramps up the appeal for anyone seeking a machine with a longer lifespan down the road.