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Silicon Mountain "Allio" LCDs with Integrated PC and Blu-ray

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Silicon Mountain "Allio" LCDs

Silicon Mountain "Allio" LCDs

Summary

  • Product Name: Allio LCDs
  • Manufacturer: Silicon Mountain
  • Review Date: January 08, 2009 09:40
  • MSRP: $1,599-$2,799
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Allio 42” 1080p LCD HDTV

16:9 Full Screen Aspect Ratio

3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter

176 Degree / 176 Degree Viewing Angle

2000:1 Contrast

400cd Brightness

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

Wireless 802.11b/g

Microsoft Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

Wall Mountable

Menu Languages: English, Spanish, French

Includes A/V Cable, User Manual, Remote Control

Executive Overview

allioBluSilicon Mountain Holdings showed off designs for a 32 and 42-inch High Definition LCD-TV with an integrated, full-function PC and Blu-ray/DVD player. The Allio HD TV / PC is the first product of its kind in North America, and Silicon Mountain is the first company worldwide to develop a converged HD TV / PC solution that includes Blu-ray. It is available now, in time for U.S. holiday purchases.

The flagship Allio model marries a full-HD 42” LCD display with a combo Blu-ray/DVD player, integrated digital recorder for PVR and a powerful PC, based on the Intel Core2Duo E8400 processor, 4GB of RAM from Silicon Mountain, a 1TB hard drive and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium. In addition to the analog and digital audio-video inputs common to high-def televisions, Allio includes wireless and wired networking capabilities and several USB ports to extend the experience to other computers and peripherals in the home.

Integrating the television with the Internet brings a new source of content to the digital lifestyle – Internet video. Normally confined to smaller computer monitors, streaming high definition content from providers like Joost, Hulu and TidalTV now can be accessed on the TV, in addition to popular clip sites such as YouTube. Allio’s channel choices span cable, satellite and Internet for a truly converged, hybrid entertainment experience. Media libraries can be combined, shared and played from a single device. The Allio HD TV / PC enables users to store their iTunes and DVD collections on a single system.

allio-connectionsPicture-in-picture and split-screen capabilities allow multiple sources of content to operate together on a single large screen. A Blu-ray or DVD can be watched in one window, while television is viewed in another pane, with computing tasks occurring simultaneously. On Sunday, a fantasy football player can watch multiple games simultaneously, while browsing NFL.com for real-time player stats and scores, while chatting on AOL Instant Messenger or Skype with other league owners. A student can watch educational programming from a satellite or cable provider while writing a paper and looking up unfamiliar terms and concepts on Wikipedia, then taking a quick break to update his or her MySpace page. A business executive can view streaming stock quotes while composing email and watching financial news.

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.

For the budget-minded, Silicon Mountain plans to launch configurations based on the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system for an even lower-cost solution. Every Allio HD TV / PC model will be assembled in Northern California. For more information, please visit Silicon Mountain.

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