Touchscreen computing at a reasonable price
One of the most talked-about features of the new Windows 7 operating system is its touch-sensitive screen feature. And, incidentally, Medion’s latest Aldi deal, available in shops from 19 November, is a touchscreen computer.
It has a single main section that houses the touch-screen and all the processing components, and there is a separate wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control. The power supply is housed in a separate ‘brick’ so there is less need for cooling inside the main computer case, making it fairly quiet.
The computer uses an Intel’s T4400 processor, which is a dual-core model designed for notebook computers. While this means it’s efficient, it’s less powerful than the equivalent desktop processor.
There is 4GB of memory, though, along with a 1TB (1000GB) hard disk and a CD/DVD burner (there is also a memory card reader, seven USB ports, sound and network sockets). And it can connect to both wired and wireless networks.
The 21.5in screen has a proper widescreen aspect ratio, so if you are watching widescreen television programmes using the built-in TV tuner they will show without black bars at either side of the screen, unlike on some computer monitors.
Its resolution allows it to display high-definition video at the highest 1080p resolution – and the computer’s processor was easily powerful enough for this in our tests.
It’s not much of a gaming PC, though – while we got some recent titles up and running we had to turn the quality levels down to make the more demanding ones work at a useable speed. For more general uses, though, such as photo editing, there were no problems.
Disappointingly, the touch-screen does not support the multi-touch feature, which means it can only be controlled using a single finger – other computers such as the HP IQ522 can be controlled using more than one finger, which makes it much more versatile.
That means that some of the more interesting touch features of Windows 7, with which the computer is supplied, are not available.
Still, the P4010D is a decent home computer for those who want to try out touch computing.
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cheap touch-screen PC, but it lacks the features of the more expensive models Good points Useful touch features; includes TV tuner; powerful and lots of storage Bad points Doesn’t support multi-touch; keyboard and mouse unimpressive; Aldi deals tend to sell out quickly
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