Medion Akoya E2025 D (MD 8356) desktop PC
Medion Akoya E2025 D (MD 8356) review: A tiny tower PC with USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi and a large 1.5TB hard drive
- Good value
- Good features
- Small size
- No DVI port
- Limited expansion
Costing $599, and equipped with a 2nd Gen Intel Core i3 CPU and other meaningful stats, the Akoya E2025 D, like most Medion products we've seen, is very good value for money. It's a small and neat PC that should appeal to home users and students.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
There isn't an overwhelming choice in the Australian retail market anymore when it comes to cheap tower PCs. Most vendors are seemingly happy enough to offer all-in-one models instead. Come 28 July though, ALDI will once again be stocking one of Medion's little tower PCs. This time, it's the $599 Akoya E2025 D (MD 8356). It's a well featured machine with good speed and it's perfect for students and home users who just want a basic desktop.
For $599 (without a monitor), the Akoya is one of the best value entry-level desktops on the Australian market — it's also one of the few, if not the only one, to feature a Second Generation Intel Core i3 CPU. It supplies plenty of convenient connectivity options, such as inbuilt 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and HDMI. It's not perfect though: it has limited upgrade potential, it lacks a DVI port and it couldn't run our old external dual-USB-powered (5V, 1.5A) Maxtor hard drive. We can excuse these problems though as there is some room for expansion in the little case; an HDMI-to-DVI adapter can be used if you don't want to use VGA and your monitor only has DVI; not many people are likely to still be using external USB-powered hard drives as old and power-hungry as our Maxtor.
Specifications and performance
The Medion's Core i3-2105 CPU runs at 3.1GHz, and has two cores and Hyper-Threading. It's a zippy CPU that will provide you with a noticeable increase in speed if you're upgrading from a basic four or five-year-old PC, for example. You also get 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD graphics are integrated in the CPU, and you get a 1.5TB Western Digital hard drive. It's the largest capacity we've seen in a PC with a $600 price point, with many vendors opting for 500GB, or 1TB at most.
With this configuration, the Akoya is quick enough to let you do just about anything, including video editing and video transcoding, and a tiny bit of gaming. In our tests, converting a DVD file to a 1.5GB Xvid file took 49min, which is a better result than the previous $599 Medion machine that we looked at: the AMD-based Akoya P5315 D (MD 8351). In our Belnder 3D rendering test, a time of 39sec was achieved; our iTunes MP3 encoding test took 52sec. The Blender result is a little low compared to the previous Akoya, which is understandable as that PC had four cores, but the new Akoya's MP3 encoding time is better.
In 3DMark, the Medion recorded a score of 3976, which isn't mind-blowing. We've seen Sandy Bridge-based notebooks with integrated graphics get a little more than this. Nevertheless, if you want to play games such WoW or StarCraft2, then you will be able to do so, but at relatively low resolution and detail levels. The motherboard in the Akoya doesn't have a DVI port, so you have to make do with HDMI and VGA as monitor connections. If you have a monitor that's a few years old, it might not have an HDMI port, so you'll have to use the analogue VGA connection, which isn't ideal.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 3 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 4 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
- 5 Parrot Mambo Drone review
Latest News Articles
- Microsoft Surface Studio teardown reveals Intel and ARM chips inside
- You wear Zotac's new gaming PC on your back
- This may be the most expensive 'free' computer you've ever seen
- This jaw-dropping all-AMD custom gaming PC looks like an M134 minigun
- HP's power-packed Z2 Mini desktop takes on Apple's aging Mac Mini
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCSenior Front End Wed DeveloperQLD
- TPSenior PMO AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Project AdministratorNSW
- CCTraining Coordinator - Sydney CBD (Urgent!!)NSW
- CCJDE ERP Technical ConsultantVIC
- CCLearning & Development SpecialistNSW
- CCSecurity Architect Finance Contract Sydney CBDNSW
- CCIT Systems AnalystNSW
- CCProgram PMO Analyst, GovernanceNSW
- FTWeb Developer/ DesignerSA
- CCIngres DeveloperWA
- CCCommercial Senior Financial Planner - MelbourneVIC
- FTDigital Delivery and Engagement OfficersVIC
- FTFull Stack PHP DeveloperQLD
- CCUI DesignerNSW
- CCActive Directory EngineerNSW
- FTSenior Insight AnalystACT
- FTPHP DevelopersQLD
- FTSecurity AdministratorVIC
- CCSenior Business Analyst- System/ Solution DevelopmentNSW
- CCSenior Developer - Java and AWSVIC
- FTIdentity Management Team LeaderVIC
- CCAEM DeveloperVIC
- CCWeb Developer - Financial MarketsNSW
- CCService Desk OfficerQLD