|Acer Revo 100 RL100-U1002|
|Raw (annual kWh)||79.61088|
|Annual power consumption cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$9.04|
The Acer's low power consumption is no surprise given its slow performance. You'll pay less than a dollar a month to operate this PC. That's impressive, but still not as low as the record $4.15 a year you'll pay to run the spring 2010 version of the Mac Mini.
Acer's standard warranty grants you a year of parts and labor coverage. You can also find driver downloads and a variety of other support resources if you're willing to suffer through Acer's circuitous Web site. Going by the Web site alone, you'd have no idea that standard phone support was available with this PC. The number, 800-816-2237, is listed in small type in the included manual, or you can register the system online with the serial number (located on the bottom edge of the system).
Windows-based home theater hubs still have appeal since they give you perhaps the broadest access to different content sources and formats. You can certainly spring for a higher-end model that will let you play games as well as serve up media to your TV and across your home network. If you're willing the forgo the PC-based gaming aspect, the Acer Revo 100 RL100-U1002 offers an attractive, capable alternative complete with a reasonably innovative input device for a competitive price.
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Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E6700; 4GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics; 1TB 5,400rpm Western Digital hard drive
Acer Revo 100 RL100-U1002
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.3Hz AMD Athlon II Neo K325 Dual Core; 4GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB (shared) Nvidia GeForce GT9400 (Ion); 750GB 5,400rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 550; 4GB 800MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics; 1TB, 7,200rpm hard drive
HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5 2310, Summer 2011)
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 550; 4GB 800MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive
HP Pavilion P7-1070T
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.1GHz Intel Core i3-2100; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 2000 integrated graphics; 1TB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive