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First units with SSD, rest with HDD

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Acer's Nvidia Ion-based micro desktop PC, Revo, will go on sale in the UK on 5 May, with Ubuntu Linux among the available operating systems.

Open source software fans shouldn't rush to the shops, though - Acer expects to tweak the Ubuntu machine's spec very shortly after release.

Acer's Revo: SSD on board... for now

The £149 nettop incorporates a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor backed by 1GB of DDR 2 memory and Nvidia's GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chipset - essentially the same one found in all the recent Apple MacBook releases - to give it the welly it needs - and other nettops lack - to play full HD content flawlessly.

While the Linux machine comes with an 8GB SSD, two other versions, both running Windows Vista Home Premium, are equipped with 160GB 3Gb/s Sata hard drives.

However, an Acer staffer told Register Hardware the 8GB SSD will be replaced with a 160GB HDD once the initial stock of 8GB machines has been sold. The HDD-fitted Linux boxes will also be priced at £149, he said.

Ports a-plenty

The Windows machines are priced at £249 and £299, respectively. Both come with 2GB of memory on two Dimms in a dual-channel configuration. The pricier model with bundle a WiiMote-style wireless games controller that can be changed from a baton shape to a pistol look with a twist of the two ends.

All Revos sport four USB 2.0 ports, integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, a four-in-one memory card reader, VGA, HDMI 1.3 and eSata connectors. They will ship with a desktop stand and a Vesa monitor mounting kit. ®

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