Medion Akoya E7214 (MD98410) notebook

Medion's Akoya E7214 (MD98410) is a 17in Core i3 desktop replacement that represents excellent value for money -- you can pick it up from Aldi supermarkets

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Medion Akoya E7214 (MD98410)
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  • Medion Akoya E7214 (MD98410)
  • Medion Akoya E7214 (MD98410)
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    4.00 / 5
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    3.50 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)

Pros

  • Inexpensive, good performance, eSATA, ExpressCard/54 slot, 8-cell battery, room for a second hard drive

Cons

  • Number pad lacks a fourth column, too big to lug to work or school

Bottom Line

Medion's Akoya E7214 is a 17in notebook with a low price tag but plenty of features. It's going on sale in Aldi supermarkets next week. It's perfect for anyone on a budget who wants a desktop replacement-style notebook that can be used for everyday office work, image editing and even for higher end tasks such as ripping DVDs and encoding videos. We like it.

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Read our review of the most up-to-date 17.3in Medion laptop, the Akoya E7216 (MD98550), which goes on sale at Aldi supermarkets on 27 January 2011.

The Medion Akoya E7214 (MD98410) is a 17in notebook with a decent configuration that can tackle office and school tasks with ease. It's based on an Intel Core i3 CPU and it's a large notebook, so it's not really something you could easily carry to and from work or the office — think of it more as a desktop replacement notebook that's almost as cheap as a netbook. It goes on sale in Aldi supermarkets on 9 September.

Akoya E7214: Specifications and performance

Its specifications are more than decent for a sub-$800 notebook; you get a 2.26GHz, dual-core, Hyper-Threaded Intel Core i3-350M CPU; 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM; a 500GB hard drive (like the older Akoya E7212 you can add a second hard drive, too); and integrated Intel HD graphics. It delivered good results in our Blender 3D rendering and iTunes MP3 encoding tests, recording times of 1min 05sec and 1min 10sec, respectively. These results are about 5sec slower than what Acer's Aspire 5741 and Dell's Inspiron 15R N5010 achieved in the same tests (both of those notebooks use a more powerful Core i5-430M CPU that runs at 2.26GHz).

In our DVD encoding test, in which we use AutoGordianKnot to compress a ripped DVD file to a 1.5GB Xvid file, the Akoya E7214 recorded a time of 1hr 32min, which is 17min slower than the Aspire 5741, but actually 1min faster than Dell's AMD Phenom II–equipped Inspiron M501R. So you can see from these results that the Medion Akoya E7214 is actually capable of performing as well as a notebook that costs $1299. However, its 3DMark06 score of 1606 shows that its graphics performance is weak, which means you won't be able to use it for playing the latest games.

Akoya E7214: Ports and slots

Considering that the Medion Akoya E7214 is a 'cheapie', you could forgive it for not shipping with niceties such as eSATA and an ExpressCard/54 slot. However, the Akoya ships with both of these features in addition to both HDMI and DisplayPort connections, and you also get 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet. It's definitely tremendous value — you aren't spending more than $800, but you're getting features that are generally reserved for more expensive notebooks. The only mod cons the Medion lacks are FireWire and USB 3.0 ports; even this is not a big issue as you could always add USB 3.0 or FireWire ports through the ExpressCard slot.

From left to right: Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI, eSATA/USB, ExpressCard/54, SD card slot.

Rounding out the Medion's configuration is a built-in DVD burner, an SD card slot, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a 1600x900-resolution screen. The screen isn't glossy, which means it won't drive you nuts when you use it in a bright room or outdoors. The bezel around the screen is glossy, however, which can be a little distracting. The screen is bright enough for indoor use, but it might not be enough to allow you to view the screen adequately if you use the notebook outdoors on a bright day.

Akoya E7214: Design, weight and comfort

Despite being a big laptop (it's 42cm wide and 29cm deep), it has a weight that's manageable (3.2kg) and you could use it on your lap for a short while without getting tired. It will depend on how big your lap is of course — if you're petite, then you might struggle. Because it's a big notebook there is plenty of space for internal heat dispersion; throughout our tests we couldn't feel any concentrated heat through the chassis.

The laptop's large dimensions allow it to fit a full-sized keyboard and a number pad, and the palm rest is very spacious at around 10cm. It has a 97x54mm multitouch touchpad that supports gestures. The keyboard is quite solid and comfortable to type on, but it does make a slight rattling noise. Overall, it feels good to use and the keys aren't too stiff. The number pad is squished though, and we would have liked more space dedicated to it, so that it could have a fourth column of keys. But this is a minor quibble unless you want to purchase the Medion specifically for its number pad.

The number pad is squished, so it might take some getting used to.

Above the keyboard is a set of built-in speakers, but they aren't loud and so are not much good for comfortably listening to music or watching videos. You're better off hooking up some external speakers to the notebook's line out port.

When it comes to sturdiness, the $799 Akoya E7214 isn't built like a tank, but it isn't a Daewoo either. Its plastic base feels quite solid and you can hold it from its edges without it bending. Its hinges are a little too loose for our liking, but they still do a good job of holding the screen in place while you use it on your lap. Overall, it's a fairly solid notebook considering its price point and since it's designed to be a desktop dweller rather than something you can take on the road every day, we think it will stand the test of time. All bets are off if you drop it though.

Akoya E7214: Battery life

The battery life of the 17.3in Akoya was surprising. We were expecting it to run out after about 1hr 30min, but it lasted 2hr 49min in our rundown test. In this test, we disable power management, enable Wi-Fi, maximise the screen brightness and loop an Xvid-encoded video. The long life is due to the 8-cell battery that ships with the Medion as standard.

Conclusion

The Medion Akoya E7214 (MD98410) is a great choice for anyone who wants an inexpensive yet fully featured and well performing notebook computer. You won't be able to play games with it, nor will you be able to use it while on the road, but as a home computer for everyday office work, schoolwork, and even photo processing and light video editing, it's perfect. It ships with Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), Microsoft Office 2010 Starter and Bullguard Internet Security software, so it's ready to use for word processing and basic spreadsheet work as soon as you power it up.

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Michael KOUMA

1

I purchased a Medion akoya E7214 pc from ALDI SHELLHARBOUR store , but the camera webcam does not work . i tried to get it to work but i havent been successful , can you please help me . Thanks

Vinny

2

Michael,

You might have to enable the webcam first before you can use it. To enable it you will have to press the Fn key as well as one of the F buttons (maybe F8). After this the webcam should show up and you will be able to use it with gmail, skype or whatever program you want.

Metaphold

3

Michael,

Have you considered 2 way radio as an alternative to the internet.

If you truly believe this is the best place for your query about an unrelated issue on a totally different notebook (this one hadn't been released when your comment was posted!), I really suspect you might be better suited to a different medium. Preferably one, which does not require the use of electricity. Or common sense...

johno

4

metaphold
i guess you used a slab of granite and a chisel for this message and had it delivered by horse and cart

Just wondering your thoughts on value... Goes on sale September 9th, 2010. $799

sb

5

I purchased one just over a year ago and have since had nothing but problems. I've paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars getting it fixed, taking it in to the repair shop 4 times and it's about to go in again as it keeps rebooting every time it's turned off. Will not be purchasing electronics from Aldi again.

chrisw

6

SB must have been very unlucky. We've had ours for nearly 3 years, in prolonged use every day, carted it all around the world and it has performed absolutely flawlessly. Got the E7214 after having excellent reliability from 2 different Medion desktops - one of those is 8 yrs old and still going strong.

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Paul

2.5

1

Pros
Big screen
Cons
Bad support for drivers etc.
• • •

Medion make a cheap machine with good specs, hoever I have had unusual problems with the wireless connection to my router.

this is happened over a couple month period and is now at the point that i need to reset the wireless adapter continuously to achieve a connection and even then it still drops or is slower than dial-up within 5 minutes!

All drivers are updated, firmware for router newsest possible, all win 7 updates applied, reinstalled win 7 3 times! Scanned for malware and viruses in safemode.
reset router with factory settings and made new connections! Its driving me crazy and realtek wireless manufacturer thinks its not there problem and medion dont think its theirs either! come on!

Dont buy Medion Akoya machines. Pay a little extra and get something that is not custom built as cheaply as possible.

My house mate uses win 7 on there Dell laptop and have NO wireless issues like I am having!

PS - the speakers are very small and quiet for a device this large!

Shafaqat Ahmed

4.0

2

Pros
Big screen and large keyboards
Cons
Intel graphics
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I bought that laptop in the first day....I had installed linux on the first day and never looked back. Running smooth as silk. I am haed core programmer running the PC almost 24hrs a day and I didn't restarted pc for six months...its good work horse

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