If netbooks were last year's big craze then nettops seem to have caught laptop manufacturers' imagination this year.

Once again, Asus is leading the charge with its Eee Box models (see our review of the B204), though it may be said that Apple laid the groundwork with its much-revised Mac mini. Hot on both their heels, Acer has come up with the Revo, a diamond-shaped unit that hides away somewhere discreet in the vicinity of your desk and screen.

Reportedly intended for gaming use as well as being a modest power-consuming device, the Revo runs the 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor found in those dinky netbooks and comes primed with 2GB of RAM. This Acer deems sufficient to run Windows Vista Home Premium, while the 3D games controller should get a proper workout thanks to the 10 games Acer bundles as part of the package.

Four versions, ranging from a £249 model with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard disk to an 8GB SSD version are set for a mid-May launch.

Acer Aspire Revo compact PC

Acer Aspire Revo compact PC