Acer Revo One (RL85-UR52); An In-Depth Review

Big things come in small packages, and this is what Acer had in mind when they made their own SFF (small-form-factor) desktop in Acer Revo One. Its pint size mimics a mini milk carton, and is by no means a computer powerhouse, but don’t mistake its miniature size as a run-of-the-mill computer, as packs lots of power and versatility inside its tiny frame, which very capable to impress. And despite of its size, it is one of the very few of its kind to offer internal expansion room. Is it a worthy media PC? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to find out.

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

The Acer Revo One (RL85-UR52) is for users looking for a small, but fully functional and high performance desktop. It packs power and versatility not just for general computing, but even for multimedia and other specific tasks that requires dependable computer performance. Plus, its small and compact size makes it an ideal choice for people who travel around and want to carry a high-end SFF desktop with them.

 

Benefits

 

The small box of Acer Revo One is stylish, but as said earlier, it packs decent power and memory for interestingly impressive performance, as Acer intends it to be each user’s go-to home entertainment hub. It is undoubtedly, gunning for the best position under the TV in your living room.

 

New, Fast Processor for Everyday Media Operations

It comes equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5-5200U processor, which is paired with integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500. Though it is not as fast as the Core i5 that comes with Acer Aspire ATC-605-UB11, it is still a newer version and definitely faster than the Core i5 in Apple iMac mini 2014, which was a top pick for SFF desktop.

Based on PCMark 8 Work Conventional test, this Acer SFF scored 2564 points, which is faster than many SFF desktops in the market. System Celeron processors in SFFs like Dell Inspiron Small Desktop 3000 series 3646 only scored 1549 points, while Zotac Zbox CI320 made 1496 points.

This means the Core i5 processor in Acer Revo One is quite a convenient spec to have for everyday media operations, especially for video transcoding. It only took 3:11 to finish Handbrake test, which is 2 seconds faster than Apple iMac mini, way faster than Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 at 6:58 and HP Pavilion Mini, which took 7:19 and. For Adobe Photoshop CS6 test, it scored 5:08. These digits will give you a good idea of the advantage of this Acer SFF in multimedia tasks, great for hobbyists or professional consumers.

 

Huge and Upgradable Storage Space

Inside this Acer SFF is a 1TB hard drive and two extra internal 2.5 driveways, which means you can amp its SSD for up to 6TB more storage. That’s good news for users are in dire need of storage space for heavy downloads, or for those who love to keep family photos and videos.

Driveways are tool-less, which means you don’t need a screwdriver to take out and replace components. Unfortunately though, the memory can’t be accessed by users, and limited to 8GB RAM. That RAM space of course, is more than enough for home users, even for hobbyists working on home videos.

 

 

Decent Gaming Performance, But Games Should Be Medium-Quality

The Acer Revo One is NOT designed for gaming, which is why it’s not that disappointing to know that its 3D gaming performance is quite slow. The system returns frame rates is at 12fps, and Valley test is at 13fps. You can however, run medium-quality older games such as World of Warcraft and Doom III at beautiful 1366x768 resolution.

 

Design and Features

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


If you scrape the Acer logo off, you could easily fool your friends that the Acer Revo One RL85 is an Apple product, as it sports the same elegant immaculate, glossy white color with minimalist design.

To start with, this Acer SFF is small, lightweight, and compact, measuring 6 by 4.25 by 4.25 inches (HWD).This means it’s a portable device and easy to carry around to your friend’s house on a weekend. It is even smaller than a Sonos Play 1 speaker. But again, don’t mistake its performance, as it packs powerful specs and multiple hard drives.

 

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


The chassis is cube shaped, with curve on its four sides, and made up of polycarbonate plastic, but there’s a single LED strip that glows on the front side to indicate the status (On or Off) of the device. Four more LEDs can also be found on top. It comes with grips on its base to keep it from rocking.

It also comes with a pair of keyboard and mouse, with USB 2.0 dongle. The keyboard feels cheap to use, while the mouse is serviceable.

 

Desktop with Remote Control

This Acer SFF desktop can be plugged straight to your HDTV, and with that Acer included a remote control for user convenience. Should you decide to use this desktop on your living room, you can use its remote control to interact with your computer. It comes with a touchpad that moves the cursor, as well as the handy buttons for quick operation, such as the button to launch the web browser.

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


Remote also comes with QWERTY keyboard on the back. Most retailers will send the desktop with this controller, while some supply the keyboard and mouse. So check before you buy. Also, you will need a USB receiver for the remote, as it doesn’t connect directly to the desktop.

Despite its great functionality, the biggest complain we have for the remote is how tiny its keys and buttons are. Also, the trackpad can be frustrating to use at times.

Easy Access to Everything

Acer is known for its stylish and ergonomic products, and the Revo One RL85 is no exception. One of the many good things about its minimalist design is how it makes innards access easy. All you need is to push the button on the back of the chassis so you can pull the chassis up and off to reveal its core.

Inside, you will see two hard drives, which can be removed through the quick-release caddies on opposite sides of the PC. At the center, you will find a third drive, which is more difficult to access, requiring you to use a screwdriver. It also hides the RAM slot and wireless card. For PC enthusiasts who will be looking to use the PC for professional tasks, it is worth noting that the hard drives are RAID5 pre-configured. The three hard drives can also be re-configured to RAID0 or RAID1 as well.

 

With Extra Space for Storage and Memory Upgrades

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


The space to support extra drive means Revo One has both the capacity and functionality to provide network-attached storage (NAS) or support personal cloud drive. Aside from this, Acer still included their BYOC (bring your own cloud) apps that would work as back up and stream media straight to your smartphone or tablet, including photos (through abPhoto), music, (abMusic) and general files (abFiles), and sync them all to the Office documents (abDocs). The programs are not as unified, since Revo One’s foursome apps are made for NAS drives. The apps however, work perfectly fine. The abPhoto for example, will back up all photos you take through your smartphone, automatically.

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


Also, this BYOC is compatible for both Android and iOS. You can always use the BYOC apps through the 1TB hard drive, but you can always upgrade through the extra drive bays.

 

With Free Apps for Your Convenience

If all you need to do is play your media locally, then you can make use of Acer Revo Suite app, which you can download it on your Android phone or tablet. This app provides an onscreen keyboard and touchpad for your smartphone or tablet, an extra convenient should you misplace your keyboard and mouse. The touchpad (through your smartphone) will allow you to control the media player installed in the Acer Revo One, from those that comes built-in with Windows 8.1, to Amazon Prime, or Netflix. Unfortunately, this app is NOT compatible with iOS devices.

Acer also preloads tons of applications in this SFF. There are at least 19 extra tiles on the system’s Start screen, including the usual apps such as Amazon, eBay, Booking.com, Hulu Plus, Flipbook, Kindle, Netflix, Next Issue, etc. Most of these programs are indeed very useful, but many of them require paid subscription, which makes them useless unless you subscribe.

 

Generous Set of Connectivity Options

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


Acer Revo One RL85 offers generous connectivity options; most of which are located at the back panel, while there’s an SD card reader on its top side. The back panel ports includes mini DisplayPort, Ethernet port, HDMI port, headset jack, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and Kensington lock port. The good news about its mini DisplayPort is that, it can be connected to a 4K monitor and HDMI, and works well with 1080p HDTV too.

Acer Revo One RL85-UR52 (image from Amazon)


For its wireless connections, it has Bluetooth and 802.11ac WiFi.

 

Tech Specs

 

Bottom Line

In spite of its miniature size, Acer Revo One (RL85-UR52) packs a lot of power, connectivity and expandability in its compact package. It comes with two extra hard drive bays, which makes hard drive upgrade convenient. Plus, it runs with the powerful Intel Core i5 processor, which is backed with 8GB RAM, helping users play their multimedia, small-scale, and content-making tasks.

 

Even if you take away the extra drive bays, this Acer SFF desktop already doubles the storage and system memory that can be found in Apple Mac mini, which was as its release, the best SFF desktop. It also has better I/O ports selection than Mac mini, except for the Thunderbolt. Plus, it comes with wireless keyboard and mouse, which means all you need is just a computer monitor to work on.

Though Mac mini is a little cheaper than Acer Revo One, the latter comes with the a few extras that make the better SFF desktop in almost all categories. There’s the BYOC storage that you don’t have to pay monthly subscription for. With this, along with other reasons, the Acer Revo One (RL85-UR52) is the best SFF desktop you can find in the market today.

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