At first glance Allio’s 42-inch convergence media center seems like a dream, but after taking a look at few key specs I’m thinking I might to pass. Sure it has 1TB of on-board storage, an Intel C2D E8400 processor proc (4GB of RAM, 64-bit Vista), built-in Blu-ray player and other fine accoutrement to make a fine all in one, but I want a badass TV and a contrast ratio of 2000:1 just isn’t going to cut it.
But I’m a snob and maybe I’ll change my mind after seeing it person. It is a full 1080p LCD set and starts out at $1,600, which ain’t a bad deal. And it does split-screen so I can surf the Web for cheat codes while I play video games. What do you think based on specs (after the jump)?
Allio 42″ 1080p LCD HDTV
16:9 Full Screen Aspect Ratio
3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter
176 Degree / 176 Degree Viewing Angle
Built-in 12Wx2 Speakers
7.1 Surround Sound w/Dolby Home Theatre
2 x Component Video & Audio Connectors
2 x HDMI Connectors
1 x S-Video & Audio Connector
1 x Composite Video & Audio Connector
6 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x eSATA Port
1 x DVI-I Port
1 x HDMI Output Only
1 x S/PDIF Optical Audio Out
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
4GB High-Speed DDR2-800 Memory
Slim 2X BD-ROM Blu-Ray Player (Play’s DVD’s too!)
Plays & Burns DVD’s as Well!
Western Digital 1TB (1000GB) SATA-II HDD
Integrated Intel GMA X4500HD Video
Hauppauge HVR-950Q TV Tuner
Gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Microsoft Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Menu Languages: English, Spanish, French
Includes A/V Cable, User Manual, Remote Control
Six configurations of The Allio HD TV / PC are available, with features and pricing to fit any budget. The entry-level 32” and 42” Allio with an Intel 2.5 GHz PDC E5200, 250GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, DVD/CD support and Vista Home Premium retails for $1,599 and $1,999. The middle system in the series adds PVR and Blu-Ray support and an upgraded 2.54 GHz Core2Duo E7200 processor for $2,199 and $2,399. The flagship Allio system ups the ante on the intermediate option, upgrading the RAM and storage to 4GB and 1TB, respectively, for $2,399 and $2,799.