Medion has built much of its success on creating PCs and laptops that ooze value while not sacrificing on build quality, and it no doubt took a careful look at all the netbook designs on the market before deciding to base its offerings around the MSI Wind chassis.
Its main trick is what it adds over MSI’s own U100-222UK: draft-n WLAN to accompany the more standard 802.11bg may not be immediately useful if you don’t already own a draft-n router, but it will help to boost speed and range if and when you do upgrade.
Another nice touch is the inclusion of Corel’s WordPerfect Office X3 – a competent office suite with the look and feel of Office 2003. The only obvious sacrifice is hard disk space, with an 80GB disk inside rather than the 120GB and 160GB of MSI’s offerings.
The battery is a three-cell 2,200mAh unit, which powered the Akoya for a miserly 2hrs 30mins. Copious options abound, though, including all the extended batteries that fit MSI’s range.
Since it uses the same wide keyboard as the MSI Wind, few people will have complaints while typing, and likewise, the screen is precisely the same bright, if slightly grainy, 10in affair on show in MSI’s netbooks.
While its styling is rather dull – this is the most corporate-looking netbook we’ve seen – we can’t dispute the Akoya Mini’s talents, and it offers more for your money than the U100-222UK. If you plan to do a lot of typing, it’s a fine alternative to this month’s winners.
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||260 x 180 x 37mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Atom N270|
|SODIMM sockets free||0|
|SODIMM sockets total||1|
Screen and video
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,024|
|Resolution screen vertical||600|
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Graphics chipset||Intel GMA 950|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||1|
|Hard disk usable capacity||74GB|
|Optical disc technology||None|
|Replacement battery price ex VAT||£34|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£39|
|Wired adapter speed||100Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support||yes|
|Integrated 3G adapter||no|
|PC Card slots||0|
|USB ports (downstream)||3|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Memory Stick reader||yes|
|MMC (multimedia card) reader||yes|
|Smart Media reader||no|
|Compact Flash reader||no|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad|
|Camera megapixel rating||0.3mp|
Battery and performance tests
|Battery life, light use||2hr 27min|
|3D performance (Crysis) low settings||Fail|
|3D performance setting||Fail|
Operating system and software
|Operating system||Windows XP Home|
|OS family||Windows XP|
|Software supplied||Corel WordPerfect Office X3|