In case you’re on of those people who love to customize your computer, but wish it could be as easy as building a tower of LEGO (wow, it’s almost like I have an affinity for LEGO here on The PractitioNERD, or something….) at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Acer has unveiled the Acer Revo Build, a modular mini PC that can be upgraded with a series of stackable blocks with magnetically aligned pins. The base unit’s footprint measures at 5’×5′ with either a low-power Intel Pentium or that awesome, new-fangled Celeron Skylake chip, 32GB of flash storage, and 8GB of upgradeable RAM. For upgrades, you can stack other components on top of that base unit like hard drives, graphics cards, etc.
Other than the GPU block, Acer will also offer blocks with a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, wireless charging, a speaker and microphone, and yes, even a projector, with other additional blocks to be rolled out gradually. Some blocks (like the hard drives) can be used independently of the base unit, but any individual pricing for these units has yet to be announced.
While the idea of a modularly-upgradeable and small-form-factor PC is an awesome idea, the problem is that we’ll only get as much out of this device depending on how long Acer will support it. It’s also unknown as to whether or not Acer will support older blocks while releasing newer ones. Plus, the blocks must be competitively priced with the tried-and-true methods of just buying the upgrade internal part for a regular PC or an external accessory or dongle. In addition, how many blocks will require their own power supply?
The Revo Build is due for release this October, with prices starting at €249 (~£180) in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and in China for 1999 yuan. There is currently no concrete plans on a release in the US.
[Thanks Ars Technica UK]