In pictures: Medion Akoya P7812 (MD 98770)

A big laptop with good speed that costs $899

  • The Medion Akoya P7812 (MD 98770) is a 17.3in desktop replacement notebook that features an Intel Core i5-2430M CPU, 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 1TB hard drive and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics adapter. It's a great configuration for a laptop that costs only $899.

  • The right side has a built-in DVD burner, headphone and microphone ports, an SD card reader and a USB 2.0 port. It's also where you can find the power button and the cable lock facility.

  • The keyboard feels good to use and it even has a number pad, although it's a little cramped.

    The Akoya P7812 (MD 98770) goes on sale at ALDI supermarkets on 26 November. It's a notebook that's well worth checking out if you want an inexpensive desktop replacement computer that can even be used for a little gaming.

    Full review: [[artnid:407695|Medion Akoya P7812 (MD 98770)]].

  • The unit weighs 3.3kg and is 420mm wide, 280mm deep and 40mm thick with the lid closed.

  • As far as cheap laptops are concerned, it doesn't look too bad and almost everyone in the office who saw this beast liked its design.

  • The touchpad is a tad small at 82x40mm, but it's responsive and supports gestures. The left and right-click buttons aren't great though, as they are housed under the same piece of plastic.

  • The battery is removable and there is a large access panel through which you can repair or upgrade the Akoya. It has a spare 2.5in hard drive bay so that you can easily install a second SATA-based hard drive.

  • The left side has two USB 3.0-capable ports (the blue ones), another USB 2.0 port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA and the power port.

  • There aren't any ports on the spine of the notebook.

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