Acer AspireRevo pops up in Britain, could cost less than $250 here

— 6:00 AM on April 15, 2009

As far as we're aware, the Ion-powered Acer AspireRevo has been shying away from U.S. stores since its April 7 launch. However, listings for several versions of the system have popped up at British online retailer

The e-tailer offers four different flavors of the machine with prices ranging from £179.99 to £329.99. Those prices technically work out to $268-493, but it's not so simple: for instance, Asus' Eee Box B202 is £289.95 at and $279.99 at Newegg. Simply swapping out the currency symbol may give a better approximation of likely U.S. pricing.

At £179.99, the cheapest AspireRevo available includes 1GB of RAM, an 8GB solid-state drive, and a copy of Linux—but it still has an Nvidia Ion graphics processor with HDMI output. The cheapest AspireRevo variant with a proper hard drive and a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium costs £249.99, and it also has 2GB of RAM and 160GB of storage capacity. Both systems also feature 802.11g Wi-Fi.

If these listings tell us anything, it's that you can probably expect the AspireRevo to undercut Asus and MSI nettops stateside—even with its superior graphics processor and bundled operating system. That's an exciting prospect, especially for folks in the market for a new home theater PC or a basic, multimedia-capable desktop.

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