Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550) laptop

Medion's Akoya E7216 (MD98550) review: Big, fast and feature-rich notebook that's also very affordable

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Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550)
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  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.50 / 5 (of 4 Reviews)

Pros

  • Great price, USB 3.0, HDMI and Displayport, ExpressCard/54 slot, digital TV tuner, 640GB hard drive

Cons

  • Doesn't look great, touchpad sometimes sticky, keyboard's number pad is squished

Bottom Line

With a low price and lots of great features, the Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550) is a great alternative to big-brand entry-level notebooks. It's a 17.3in laptop, and it's not pretty, but it has a solid configuration and modern conveniences such as USB 3.0 and HDMI that really set it apart from the competition. It goes on sale at Aldi supermarkets on 27 January, 2011.

Would you buy this?

Medion's Akoya E7216 (MD98550) laptop offers great performance and lots of features for a very competitive price. You pay only $799, but you get an Intel Core i3–equipped notebook with lots of modern connections, including HDMI, DisplayPort and USB 3.0. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find another notebook on the Australian market that costs so little yet offers so much. It goes on sale at Aldi supermarkets on 27 January, 2011.

Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550): Design and build quality

The Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550) is a big laptop with a 17.3in screen and it's not suitable as an everyday mobile solution; instead, it makes for a great desktop replacement or even a home entertainment machine (it's supplied with a digital TV tuner). However, it also has very good battery life, so you can move it to different places around the home to watch videos or browse the Web without being limited by the location of your power points.

The design of the Akoya E7216 (MD98550) is the same as the previous Medion 17in notebooks we've seen, such as the Akoya E7214 (MD98410), which is to say that it doesn't look spectacular. It has a plain design with lots of space around the keyboard, and stereo speakers across the top of the keyboard. The touchpad is the same material as the palm rest and while it's big and comfortable to use for the most part, we found it to be a little sticky and unresponsive at times during our tests.

The build quality of the laptop feels a little creaky when you pick it up with one hand from either side, but as this laptop is designed to be used as a desktop PC replacement it should hold up well enough. The screen has a matte finish, which we like as it is not susceptible to reflections. The 1600x900 screen is decent for watching TV, videos and viewing photos, but you always have the option of plugging in an external monitor if you want a better quality screen.

Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550): Performance

The CPU in the Akoya E7216 (MD98550) is a 1st Generation Intel Core i3-380M, which proved to be a good all-rounder in our tests. The notebook also has 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 640GB hard drive and integrated Intel HD graphics. In the Blender 3D rendering test it recorded a time of 59sec, while in the iTunes MP3 encoding test it recorded a time of 1min 2sec. These times are better than the Akoya E7214 (MD98410), which had a Core i3-350M CPU at the helm and 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM.

The Akoya E7216 took 1hr 10min to transcode our test DVD movie to a 1.5GB Xvid file, which is a much improved result on the previous Akoya (1hr 32min) and it's actually the same time that the very popular Dell Inspiron 15R N5010 recorded. The Dell 15R N5010 was tested with an Intel Core i5-430M CPU.

Gaming isn't a forte of the Akoya E7216 (MD98550) as its integrated Intel HD graphics adapter isn't very powerful. It recorded 1721 in 3DMark06, which is a better result than the previous Akoya thanks to the faster Core i3-380M CPU, but it won't allow you to play games that have complex graphics. Its hard drive speed was average in our tests (24.65 megabytes per second), but its capacity of 640GB is perfect for storing lots of videos, recorded TV shows, photos and music files.

Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550) review

If you need more storage, you could always install a second SATA-based 3.5in hard drive.

The overall performance of the Akoya E7216 (MD98550) makes it perfect for office work, editing photos, and even for more complex tasks such as transcoding video files for your iPhone or for editing videos off your digital camera. You can also use it as a media centre PC and a personal video recorder; it ships with a USB-based TV tuner and a remote control, both of which worked fine in our tests. A portable antenna is supplied, which allowed us to watch a few channels (such as One HD) without having to plug in to our rooftop antenna.

We had no problems typing on the Medion's keyboard, but the three-column number pad proved to be a little frustrating. It's the same peeve we have with the other Medion laptops we've reviewed recently. The tuner and remote control will take up two USB ports, so you'll be left with only two ports after that. If you want to use a USB keyboard and mouse then you won't be able to plug anything else in, so it might be worth investing in a powered USB hub.

Medion Akoya E7216 (MD98550): Battery life

One area in which the large Medion laptops always seem to surprise is in their battery life. In our rundown test, in which we disable power management, enable Wi-Fi, maximise screen brightness and loop an Xvid-encoded video, the Akoya E7216 (MD98550) recorded a time of 3hr 1min, which is excellent. You won't want to use this laptop while on the road (it's just too big to lug around) but the battery life will come in handy if you want to use the laptop in a part of your home that's not near an outlet.

Conclusion

We like this notebook a lot. It may not look pretty, but its performance is great for a low-cost laptop and it has a lot of features that simply can't be found on comparably priced units yet. We recommend it for everyday office work, multimedia work and even if you want an inexpensive media centre–style laptop. The only thing it can't do well is run the latest games.

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Tony Segreto

1

Hi,
Can normal television station and digital stations be tuned and watched without be on the internet?

Regards

Tony

Marion

2

I would also like to know the answer to Tony's question please.
Thanks
Marion

Brad Henry

3

The Digital TV stations are through Antenna, not internet. So no internet connection is required. As long as you live within range of the TV station which is a good distance (maybe 30 kms).

Similar to the way a Digital TV picks up the channels.

If you live a fair distance from the stations, plug it into an amplifeid antenna, which costs around $40.

Marion

4

Thankyou Brad
Marion

Bek

5

Hi,
Just wondering what the sound/speaker quality is like on the E7216?
Thank-you.
Bek

Kalpesh

6

Can this Digital TV Tuner received all the Free-to-air Digital Full HD Channels as well?

Jim

7

The reviewer states that the tuner got One HD, which is a HD channel (1080i) here in Australia, so it can get free-to-air hd. Far as i know, no hd broadcasts are 1080p.

karine

8

Est-il wifi ?

Jeffrey

9

And, I forgot to mention, some of the parts in the 2nd laptop seems to be used. The power adapter has some 'dirt' on the edges and the antennae was opened but placed in a white sealed box, different to the way the first computer was packaged.

Could someone of returned the same product for the wifi issue?

Jeffrey

10

Hmm, the problem is that I've brought one today and reinstalled windows on it (using the supplied disk)[recommended by most experts] and found out that I couldn't enable the Wifi. The led wifi status/indicator was off and I've tried holding down the 'Fn' key while pressing the 'F7' key for wifi, and still nothing.

Luckily I've been able to return it for an exchange, but the same issue occurred, should I re-exchange or should I just receive a refund?

~Regards, Jeffrey

Pierre

11

@Jeffrey
I found that when I ran Windows Update it installed drivers for the wireless adapter.Worked fine after that. The drivers are also on the accompanying discs.

Also, if a network cable is plugged in the wireless seems to switch off. Maybe it's by design?

Agree on the GFX, a little down market. But then I don't play games.

@Beck
Sound is tinny. External speakers are a must for serious listening.

Pierre

12

@Jeffrey
You may be right. It seems there's a problem. I was about to install Ubuntu and in my fact checking found this:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=606251

So,
1) Install the Launch Manager from the driver CD
2) You may also need to install the Touchpad utility. Not sure about that

reboot. Once windows loads and you have a cursor [Fn] + F7 should toggle wireless

Tony

13

Have opened box to find there is no recovery DVD, software package or warranty certificate. If there was to be licence numbers and software information, that too is missing.

Leighton

14

I bought one on Thursday. It's bigger than what I really wanted but for the price what the heck. I bought a Medion XP machine 8 years ago & it's still running so that's what sold me - that machine copped a belting over the years so if this one runs as good - whacko. Questions from above - TV works great but better with roof top aerial. The box had every thing the blurb said it should have, discs, manuals etc - I did have one glitch on turning the PC that required me to phone the help desk (10 min on hold)Jeff to expert talked me through doing a F11 restore and everything worked fine from that moment. Windows Update has also worked without a glitch - I deleted the Office10 as well as the Bulldog Antivirus that came installed and installed my copy of Office 2007 & McAfee from my old redundant Dell and that was updated OK. I priced an equivalent Dell & couldn't come near the price of this one. THe Wifi works OK and links with my N router all over the house - so fair to say I'm a happy chap.

Pierre

15

@Tony
Serial and Windows registration key is on the underside of the PC

Re the missing disks, I bought my wife one of the earlier models eight months ago. The disks from it were missing. Turned out is was a return to the store and no one checked the contents before they resealed and resold. COntact Medion; I found their customer service on the two occasions I've had to use it.

x-SoulEater

17

Bought 2 of these (one for relative), laptop looks nice (opinion) only had 2 problems so far;
1. usb receiver for remote did not work in one of them, will call service centre next working day and ask for a send out
2. webcam does not work either but i don't care

Same thing about one of them having a white box for tv tuner package whilst other was loose, but laptop packaging was un-tampered with.

Im going to experiment with the recovery discs/partition to see what they do, considering recovery partition is 42gb of data but only 2 dvd recovery discs, i want to see if i need to back up (clone) the hard drive in case it fails.

i didn't find the speakers to be tinny until volume dial reached about 70%, but comfortable listening is at 15% so meh :P

Touchpad takes time to get used to cos its so big, i keep accidentally putting two fingers on it.

i removed all of the cyberlink gumpf (12 bloated apps) as well as the ashampoo ones (4 or 5 apps), replaced with media player classic, xbmc and ultraISO which in my opinion do more and use less.

aldi also have (the one near me did, was older model, reduced price 749$ from 899$) a 15.6" laptop at the moment, mostly the same except that it includes 1gb dedicated nvidia 425(?) graphics.

Med

18

I have one of these notebooks, It is pretty good except for the sound volume. Even at max volume it is pretty quiet. Even with headphones. You need amplified speakers to get decent volume.

I also liked the mat screen.

Dr Dave

19

The webcam can be toggled on/off using the Fn-F9 combination. When it is off the small camera icon on the right side of the taskbar has a red slashed circle on it. When it is on it has a small white circle. When I first started my E7216 after taking it out of the box the camera was off.

jamieee

20

my webcam doesnt work, well i dont know how to turn it on...

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Hudson Backer

4.0

1

Pros
Big Screen
Cons
NOT long lasting Battery
• • •

How do i turn on my webcam

Kate Moon

5.0

2

Pros
Wi-fi
Cons
Webcam
• • •

How do i turn on my webcam ???!?!?!?! Please help me!!

Pierre

3.5

3

Pros
Nice big screen, fast boot up
Cons
The weight but then the screen size is good.
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My model E726 does not have a VGA connector to plug into a projector. I was told that I must get a HDMI/VGA adapter which I did but it still does not work. I did go to the control panle and clicked on "connect to a projector but I received an error to say "no projector detected". What is the correct way to set up a connection to a projector?

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