Acer IFA showcase reveals Lego-like building-block PC

2 Sep 2015

With IFA getting underway in Berlin, Acer has kicked-off proceedings with its rather cool-looking PC that can be built and dismantled like Lego bricks with a series of interchangeable components.

This follows a growing trend among tech companies to create devices that can be chopped and changed as the user pleases, such as Google’s Project Ara phone that allows the person to make their phone as powerful, or not, as they wish.

According to Acer, the Revo Build Series will be a tower PC that will be sold as a base item containing the bare minimum of needs – such as a 32Gb hard drive and low-power Intel Pentium or Celeron chip – but with the option of picking up more advanced ‘blocks’ to improve it.

Among the first blocks on offer from Acer include are a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, wireless charging dock, speakers, projector and a microphone, with the company saying that further blocks will be rolled out gradually.

Acer Revo Build

Acer Revo Build PC. Image via Acer

The initial small 125sq mm computer is designed to give people the option of expanding their PC, which, while being possible before, often scared off those who didn’t have the know-how to fiddle with their systems.

By offering an entry guide to building your own PC, the company hopes to take the money being spent on third-party systems and keep it within their own internal ecosystem.

In terms of pricing and release date, Acer said that the computer will be released in the EMEA region next month starting at a pretty reasonable €199, but haven’t revealed details on what the blocks will cost.

At the IFA event in Berlin, Acer also took the time to announce a new range of traditional laptops and desktops, including the rather impressive-looking Aspire U5-710.

The desktop PC comes with a 23.8in 1080p touchscreen display, while internally it has either an i5 or i7 processor and as much as 16GB of RAM and is going on sale in Europe next month starting at €999.

Acer at IFA image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic