In what qualifies as more proof that, yes, good things really do come in small packages, Acer this week announced the Aspire Revo 3700, a minuscule nettop packing a respectable amount of hardware. Like other nettops before it, this one can be stashed out of sight and attached to the back of your monitor, tucked away inside your home entertainment center, or out in plain view.
Size hasn't really been the issue with nettops, it's the hardware that has made them sometimes frustrating companions to a home theater when you're hoping to play back 1080p content. Towards that end, the new Revo 3700 packs a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor flanked by Nvidia's Ion graphics. Between the two, that should be enough horsepower to avoid those unsightly jitters and dropped frames that accompany lesser equipped nettops.
Other specs include 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI, a handful of USB 2.0 ports, S/PSIF audio, media card reader, Ethernet, mini PCI-Express expansion slot, and various other odds and ends.
Look for this one to launch later this year for around $580.