The Allio all in one HDTV PC, released in late 2008, has received an update for 2009. Two different models, the Allio Media Center and Allio Lite, are available in both 32” and 42” sizes.
Taking a cue from reviews and customer feedback, Allio has beefed up the Media Center version significantly. Featuring a Core2Quad Q8400 2.33 Ghz processor and integrated GeForce 9300 video, the Media Center edition should have no trouble with streaming services, playback, or even light gaming. In particular, MMOs like World of Warcraft should run flawlessly.
The Allio Lite takes things in a simpler direction. Powered by Intel’s Atom processor, the Allio Lite has functionality similar to that of a net book. Web browsing and other lightweight tasks are highlighted, though an upgraded version with Blu-ray support is available.
Other upgrades to usability are very welcome, such as the change from a tray loading Blu-ray drive to a slot loading solution, an additional HDMI port, and the relocation of the USB ports from the back of the unit to the side.
Ranging from $1,299 for the entry level Allio Lite to $2,999 for the high end Media Center set, Silicon Mountain’s new Allios ship October 1st and are available for preorder now directly from the company, or from resellers such as Tiger Direct and Amazon.
Source: Press Release