Medion Akoya P6635 review

A budget 15-inch laptop with plenty of grunt

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Bargain price
  • 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor
  • Comfortable, responsive keyboard
  • Spare RAM slot for user upgrade

Against

  • Disappointing viewing angles
  • Bulky design
  • Average battery life

The Medion Akoya P6635 laptop is a heavy-specced workhorse, with a bargain basement price. At just AUD $799 (GBP £549) , Medion has packed in a third generation Intel Core i7 processor , USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a 750GB hard drive and 4GB RAM. There's even a spare RAM slot for adding extra memory later yourself, while an NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M keeps the graphical side of things in check.

Compared to a $2,499 15-inch MacBook Pro, or a $1,499 XPS 15 from Dell, that price is exceptionally appealing.

With a price point usually reserved for high-end netbooks, yet internal hardware that could cost you up to four times the price, you have to wonder what the catch is. The answer is style.

The Akoya P6635 is a beast of a laptop, its 2.5kg heft and 4cm height make it significantly less portable than other 15.6-inch models. The glossy plastic covering on the lid is a dust and fingerprint magnet, and looks worn every time you pull the laptop out of a bag.

But as the proverbs always tell us, you should never judge a book by its cover. Once you get past the chunky design, you'll find a solid performer, capable of dealing with almost anything you throw at it.

There's a full compliment of connectivity options, and a full-size chiclet keyboard which incorporates both arrow keys and a full number pad.

While it won't threaten the likes of Asus or Acer in terms of market share, the Medion does seem to offer a good collection of hardware packed into an exceptionally affordable price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 630M, HD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAKOYA
Processor Modeli3-3110M
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameMedion
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.80 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM76 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Screen ModeHD
ManufacturerMEDION International
Product ModelMD98231
Product NameAKOYA MD98231 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAKOYA
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMD98231
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.medion.com
Marketing InformationThe MEDION® AKOYA® P6635 is your powerful mobile partner. The Intel® Core™ i3-3110M processor and the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 630M graphics are the basis for fabulous multimedia fun. You can enjoy your films in brilliant HD quality on the non-reflective 39.6 cm/15.6" widescreen LED backlight display. The Dolby Home Theater® v4-certified speakers open the way to a unique sound experience. Windows 8 is installed as the operating system - it is faster, more reliable and simplifies your daily tasks.
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • AKOYA MD98231 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Warranty Card
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Handbook
  • Windows 8 Recovery DVD
  • MEDION Application and Support Disc
Limited Warranty1 Year