Go back to school with a new computer
This laptop from Medion is being pitched as a back-to-school special, one that would be good for students and pupils for the new term. It’s an Aldi in-store product that goes on sale on Sunday 9 August.
It has a 16in widescreen display, which makes it large enough for reading text and for watching movies, but makes the overall size of the laptop too large for easy portability: most schoolchildren are likely to be using the Akoya P6620 solely at home.
However, the big screen has its advantages – it’s clear and bright and the relatively low resolution of 1,366x768 pixels means that text and icons appear quite large on the screen.
The other advantage of the big design is the large keyboard, which stretches the whole width of the case. The keys are quite close together, though, which meant we made a lot of mistakes until we got used to it. Medion has included a numeric keypad to the left of the letter keys – it would have been better off removing this and providing larger, better-spaced keys.
The trackpad below was large but unresponsive – it also felt unpleasantly slippery. Both of these problems can be solved by attaching an external mouse and keyboard. A small mouse is supplied.
The Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 processor and 4GB of memory provide enough power for work and internet tasks. There’s a graphics card to supply gaming power, although it’s still not up to the level of a dedicated gaming computer.
The 320GB hard disk is fair for a laptop and there’s a DVD burner on one side.
Windows Vista Home Premium is installed, and the computer comes with a voucher for a Windows 7 upgrade when that operating system is released in October.
With a three-year warranty, the P6620 is a good choice for pupils, students and other home users who want a general-purpose computer. Just don’t expect to be able to carry it to school or the office.
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An impressive deal, although the Medion Akoya P6620 is not a computer without flaws – notably in the keyboard and trackpad Good points Good-quality large screen; good software supplied; three-year warranty Bad points Poor trackpad; may sell out quickly at Aldi shops
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