Medion Akoya Mini E1210 review

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

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 260 x 180 x 37mm (WDH)
Weight 1.140kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Atom N270
RAM capacity 1.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 1

Screen and video

Screen size 10.0in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,024
Resolution screen vertical 600
Resolution 1024 x 600
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 950
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 80GB
Hard disk usable capacity 74GB
Optical disc technology None
Optical drive None
Battery capacity 2,200mAh
Replacement battery price ex VAT £34
Replacement battery price inc VAT £39

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
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
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Integrated webcam? yes
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

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