Do you like Lego and building or customizing computers? You'll love Acer's Revo Build M1-601 PC, then. The Revo Build is Acer's approach to building a modular computer, and it looks pretty simple, in the best possible way. If this all sounds a little familiar, it may be because of Razer's Project Christine.
The Revo Build is, er, built using "Blocks" containing different pieces of hardware, starting with the base unit. These Blocks stack on top of each other, and some of them can even be used independently or with other computers. The layers connect with magnetically aligned pogo pins, which should make adding blocks fairly painless. The system's footprint is small, too, at only 4.9" x 4.9" (125 mm x 125 mm). The height will vary, of course.
Acer will initially sell a base station with a Pentium N3700, Celeron N3150, or Celeron N3050 CPU, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage. Buyers can also opt for an as-yet-unknown AMD graphics card. Working from there, users can scale up with other optional Blocks. Only 500GB and 1TB hard drive Blocks will be available at first. Others will arrive later, including a wireless charging block, a speaker and microphone set, and even a projector.
The Revo Build will be available in the Europe, Middle East, and Asia regions in October for 199€ ($221), though there's no word yet on when it'll reach the USA.
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