Medion Akoya E7220 (MD 98740) notebook
Medion's cheap 17in notebook has basic specs, but should serve as a good general-purpose computer for home or basic business use
- Reasonably cheap price
- Good, albeit low-power, specifications
- Good battery life
- Build quality is merely OK, some body flex
- Keyboard and trackpad should be bigger
Medion’s latest bargain laptop is a solid but simple product. It has reasonable specifications, although it shouldn’t be mistaken for a high-performance or gaming machine, and while its build quality isn’t exceptional it’s largely comparable to other budget machines from companies like Acer, HP and Asus. If you’re looking for a cheap notebook while you’re buying your groceries, Medion has you covered.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
The battery life of the Akoya E7220 is impressive — we weren’t expecting such a good result for a cheap 17in notebook. Looping a DVD-resolution Xvid movie file in full screen at maximum brightness with Wi-Fi enabled returned a result of 4hr 13min, which is a good result considering the laptop’s large screen size and low price. It’s an eight-cell lithium ion battery that’s easily removable so you can carry a spare (at 170g it’s a bearable extra weight, although it’s quite long) and swap it out if necessary.
The 17.3in LED-backlit LCD screen of the Medion Akoya E7220 is alright. Its 1600x900 resolution means there’s a decent amount of screen real estate — the Web browsing experience is certainly better than on a netbook, for example — but we found the maximum brightness a little low when we used the laptop outside on a sunny day. It is resistant to glare though and has a high quality matte coating. It’s acceptable overall but doesn’t have the same clarity as a Full HD screen of the same size.
Medion Akoya E7220 (MD 98740): Conclusion
The Medion Akoya E7220 (MD98740) notebook is, considering its low price tag, a generally good performer. It’s not appropriate for anyone playing 3D games or doing processor-intensive tasks like video editing, but it would be a good choice for a general family computer for browsing the Web or for basic office tasks.
The Medion Akoya E7220 goes on sale in Aldi stores around Australia from Thursday 15 September for $599.
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