Acer is surely gearing up pretty well for the holiday season. Just before people start planning for their holiday shopping, Acer has launched two new desktop PCs which are glossy enough to lure the gadget lovers.

To start with Acer has launched the Acer AZ3100 all in one desktop which can be considered a step below the Z5700 and henceforth a bit cheaper too. The other launch is the Aspire Reveo 3700 which has been tagged as a nettop instead of a desktop.

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We didn’t think that the Aspire Revo, Acer’s revolutionary nettop was that short of breath until we saw the latest news. Acer has made official announcement to give the Aspire Revo a much deserved upgrade. The new Acer Aspire Revo 3600 will sport Atom 330 Dual Core and pack 4GB of RAM. Further news to follow shortly!

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Lenovo IdeaPad S12 is the  first netbook with NVIDIA’s ion technology, which mean it will be capable to run the whole HD-playing and 3D game. For example, according to Nvidia, Spore, Call of Duty 4, Portal, and World of Warcraft will all be playable.

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Just to refresh, Nvidia’s Ion platform is essentially Intel’s Atom processor combined with the decent Nvidia 9400m graphics unit. It aims to provide smooth 1080p video decoding, including accelerated h.264 playblack, Blu-ray playback and moderate gaming capabilities. It is the same technology that launched with the Acer’s Aspire Revo nettop and Zotac main board.

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Since most of the existing netbooks can’t handle multimedia at 720p or higher and cannot run any of the latest 3D gaming titles, Lenovo IdeaPad S12 is truly a revolution. Check out all the specs and the gallery after the break…

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Asus is releasing a new nettop called the EeeBOX B208, expected to arrive in June 2009, and could pose as a new competitor to the Acer Aspire Revo. Asus EeeBOX B208 weighs only 1kg measuring at just 222 x 178 x 26.9mm. Using only 36W power consumption, it is powered by Intel’s Atom 330 processor with ATI Radeon HD 4350 256MB video card. The EeeBOX B208 features 1GB RAM, a 160 GB hard drive and a 10GB Eee Storage. Other specs include bluetooth, built in card reader SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/MMC, WiFi, 4 USB ports, HDMI out, DVI-D port and a built in battery with UPS function. As you can see, these specs are exactly what the Aspire Revo has and even more.

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The hugely popular NVIDIA Ion-platform based Acer Aspire Revo recently got unboxed by the folks over at Engadget. Despite being a Mac user, I too wanted to see how well this rather portable nettop design by NVIDA-Acer works. Unfortunately, it was only an engineering sample which Engadget have commented that it could be “buggy”, so far they haven’t yet updated any further info on its performance. Nonetheless, its looking good and we reckon it should live up to its expectations so far.

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The new Nvidia Ion- Platform Acer Aspire Revo is now available for pre order, not surprisingly through the popular online shopping giant – Play.com (in the UK). Four different packages of specs to choose form, price tag of the Acer Aspire Revo ranging from GBP £179.99 (USD $267) to GBP £329.99 (USD $400). While its possible to pre order now, the official release date of the Aspire Revo will be 18th May 2009.

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Update (18/05/2009): Hands on photos of the Acer Aspire Revo posted!

Acer officially announces their first NVIDIA Ion platform nettop today: the Aspire Revo, together with an 11.6 inch Aspire One and a new range of Aspire all-in-ones.

The Aspire Revo features an Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz processor, up to 4GB DDR2 memory, up to 250GB of storage, 4 in 1 memory card reader, six USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, both VGA and HDMI outputs, Wi-Fi and Windows Vista Home Premium or Basic. Models with dual-core Intel Atom processors are expected to be released later in the year.

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