Medion Akoya P6635 review

A budget 15-inch laptop with plenty of grunt

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Brands like Medion have carved a real niche in the Australian market by taking the latest high quality components and building truly affordable machines with limited distribution.

While some elements of the P6635's performance won't stack up to premium laptops from competitors, when compared on a performance per dollar basis, it's easy to see where the value lies.

We liked

The chiclet keyboard was a pleasure to type on, especially thanks to the full size keys and accompanying number pad.

Connectivity was equally impressive thanks to the abundance of USB ports, DVD drive and wireless options on board.

But the best aspect about this Medion laptop is its price. At AUD$799 for a third generation Core i7 processor with a dedicated NVIDIA GPU, this is practically the personification of value for money.

We disliked

The display was a disappointment, especially after we started watching HD video. While it was fine for documents and browsing the web, the 1366 x 768 screen just wasn't up to par for HD video.

Also disappointing was the design of the laptop. While the plastic sheen on the case didn't stand out in a bad way, the sheer bulk of the computer effectively negated the portability aspect of it.

Battery life was underwhelming at 150 minutes, with the laptop running on high performance mode. Obviously you can get more by conserving power, but other similar laptops do offer more juice.

Final Verdict

The Medion Akoya P6635 is the perfect product for the budget conscious. Affordable, with a few sacrifices to keep price down, but all around excellent value for money.

For graphic designers or passionate PC gamers, this probably isn't the machine for you. But for anyone on a budget looking for a reliable machine with the latest components, this is an excellent value proposition at AUD$799.

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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