Building your own PC is now as easy as stacking together Lego blocks, thanks to computer manufacturer Acer, which recently announced its little modular desktop computer named RevoBuild Mini PC. Starting out as a small 13 x 13 x 5cm base unit running on the lower-end Intel Pentium or Celeron processor with integrated graphics, the desktop mini PC can be expanded by stacking different modules on the base unit. Also included with the base unit are 8GB RAM, 32GB of solid-state storage and plenty of I/O ports at the back and around the sides, including 3 USB ports, HDMI-out, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and an SD card slot.
Pre-made blocks are available to cover your extra storage, power, graphics, and A/V needs — the RAM is upgraded by accessing the slot on the base unit itself. Each block magnetically snaps into another via little connectors on the top and bottom of each modular unit, and some of them even work as standalone units with other computers. For example, there are 1TB and 500GB storage bricks that have USB ports for use with other machines.
In addition to little bricks that have speakers and microphones and an optional GPU base unit that ups the system’s performance for video-editors and gamers, the coolest add-on probably has to do with power. The ‘Wireless Power Bank’ will keep the little desktop PC running when you are away from outlets, so your drreams of taking your desktop to the beach are within reach.
While pricing and specification for its individual modules are still not available, the base unit of Acer’s RevoBuild Mini PC is expected to hit Middle-East shop shelves in October for around US$220.