By David Ponce
We could go on about how the PC will be integrated into the living room and all that, but you don’t really care. Instead, let us just tell you that the FLeX 4.2 is a Media Center PC with one pretty cool design feature: it folds in half. Doesn’t seem like much, but this opens the door to a couple extra configurations, which can make your life easier when trying to find a nice spot for it somewhere in your living room or entertainment room, or wherever it is your watch your movies.
That’s not the only cool thing about it though, “Pietroguerra’s DynaLight technology analyses the ambient light conditions hundreds of times per second, dynamically modifying the tonal range of your screen ensuring the best picture regardless of room lighting.” It’s no slouch under the hood either, featuring 512MB to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB to 750GB SATA II Hard Drive and a Dual Layer DVD±R±RW Drive.
The thing is built to order, but unlike Dell, the pricetag will make your heart skip a beat or two: £1,450.00 (or $2,720US). Full specs and links after the jump.
Specifications: Intel GMA950 Chipset with Intel Extreme Graphics; 1.66GHz up to 2.33GHz Intel Dual Core CPU; Choice of Hybrid Analogue or 3 High End Digital TV Tuners with Common Interface Slot; 7.1 Channel Audio; 512MB to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM; 250GB to 750GB SATA II Hard Drive; Dual Layer DVD±R±RW Drive; Extremely quiet: 2 low rotation internal fans and internal fanless PSU; Dimensions: 430mm x 300mm x 95mm or 17in x 11.8in x 3.7in (WxDxH inc. feet)
Amplifier: FLeX 4.2 models include two monophonic high quality audio amplifiers in the chassis. These ICEpower modules, made by Bang & Olufsen, can deliver up to 400W RMS with 4 Ohm loads or 200W RMS with 8 Ohm loads.
Front Panel: Motorised ALPS Blue remote controlled analogue audio attenuator; Dual Layer DVD Writer; DynaLight Sensor; Touch Activated Controls: Power On/Off, Audio Source (Aux/PC), DVD Eject.
Back Panel: Dual speaker outputs; 2 channels (L/R) gold plated RCA audio inputs (can be amplified without turning on the PC); 1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet; 4x USB 2.0; 1x Firewire; 1x Serial; 1x S-Video / Composite / Component combo connector; 1x DVI-I (VGA adapter included); 6x 3.5mm Audio for up to 7.1 Analogue audio outputs or TosLink digital audio with included adapter; PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard; Internal / External Wireless LAN options.
Full B&O Integration: Can be bundled with an IR receiver and software allowing the FLeX to work with Bang & Olufsen A/V systems and controlled using a Beo4 remote controller.
Installed Software: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Microsoft RC6 Infrared Remote Control, Upgrade Voucher for Microsoft Windows Vista™
Built to your Configuration: Dispatched directly from the factory approximately approx 5-15 working days from receipt of your order. Full manufacturer’s 2 year RTB warranty.