Medion AKOYA P4020 D all-in-one PC

The Medion AKOYA P4020 D PC will be sold in Aldi supermarkets from 10 June, and it offers a good set of features for its price

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  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5
  • User Rating

    5.00 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)

Pros

  • Compact, good specifications for general computing usage like Web browsing and video playback, good price

Cons

  • Glossy screen picks up a lot of reflections, internal speakers lack clarity and bass at higher volumes, one USB 2.0 port is taken up by the keyboard/mouse receiver, only 32-bit Windows installed by default

Bottom Line

Medion's AKOYA P4020 D touchscreen desktop PC is a well-rounded product: It has a compact, all-in-one case and performs well. We only have a few complaints about its design.

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The Medion AKOYA P4020 D is an all-in-one PC with a 21.5in Full HD 1080p touchscreen display. It will be sold in Aldi supermarkets from 10 June. Like the Dell Inspiron One 19 and HP TouchSmart 300-1060a, the AKOYA P4020 D has built-in wireless networking, stereo speakers and a side-mounted DVD burner. All you have to do to get it up and running is to plug in the power.

Medion AKOYA P4020 D: specifications

Medion's AKOYA P4020 D desktop PC uses similar components to those found in mid-range laptops. It has a 2.3GHz Intel Pentium T4500 CPU (the same as the Medion AKOYA E7212 notebook) and 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM. A 7200rpm, 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive means there is plenty of room for storing photos, downloading movies and storing music. A Nvidia Geforce 9100M graphics processor gives the Medion AKOYA P4020 D enough video grunt to play Full HD video and older 3D games. Integrated 802.11n networking means that it is easy to connect to a wireless home network.

The AKOYA P4020 D's internal stereo speakers perform well, with good treble and reasonable mid-range sound reproduction at low to moderate volume levels. Only if you push them to near-maximum power will distortion start to creep in, with treble becoming harsh and ragged and mid-bass starting to crackle.

We were disappointed to see that only 32-bit Windows 7 is installed by default — this means the Medion AKOYA P4020 D can only utilise around 3.2GB of RAM rather than the entire 4GB installed. A disc for installing 64-bit Windows 7 is included.

Medion AKOYA P4020 D: design and ergonomics

Essentially, the Medion AKOYA P4020 D looks like a slightly chunky PC monitor. The 21.5in, 16:9 screen has a native resolution of 1920x1080, and the PC is 45cm wide, 42cm tall and 7.5cm deep (excluding the stand). It takes up only slightly more room on a bench-top than a regular 22in or 24in PC monitor like the BenQ V2420H.

The two-tone silver and gloss black bezel is less attractive than the Dell Inspiron One's minimalism. Its glossy screen makes colours look vibrant, but the trade-off is a tendency to pick up reflections when used in a brightly lit room. The screen is sharp and has good brightness and colour saturation. We found our 1080p Full HD test movies to be clean and vibrant.

The bezel on the left of the Medion AKOYA P4020 D hides three easily accessible USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and headphone/microphone jacks. On the right of the all-in-one PC is the side-loading DVD-RW drive, while the bezel has touch-sensitive controls for brightness and speaker volume. On the rear panel of the PC a range of ports can be found: four USB 2.0 ports, an audio line in and coaxial digital output, a Gigabit Ethernet socket and a TV antenna input. PS/2 ports are also available for connecting older keyboards and mice.

Medion AKOYA P4020 D all-in-one PC benchmarks and performance

When presented with regular PC duties such as word processing, Web browsing and video viewing, the Medion AKOYA P4020 D all-in-one PC handles itself well. The dual-core CPU can run several programs simultaneously; there was no perceivable slowdown when we switched from a full-screen instance of Windows Media Centre to a FireFox browser window playing Flash video on YouTube.

When we ran WorldBench 6 on the Medion AKOYA P4020 D it recorded a score of 112. This is a significant jump from Medion's older P4010 touchscreen PC as well as HP's and Dell's all-in-one PC offerings.

Performance Benchmarks
Model Price WorldBench 6 3DMark06 iTunes Encoding
(minutes)
Blender 3D
rendering
Medion AKOYA P4020 D $999 112 1378 1m 4s 1m 12sec
Dell Inspiron One 19 $999 N/A 821 1m 8s 1m 9s
Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z $999 N/A 828 1m 6s 1m 9s
ASUS Eee Top ET2002 $999 36 N/A 6m 40s 3m 42s
HP Pavilion All-In-One MS212a $1199 58 N/A 3m 5s 2m 27s
Medion AKOYA P4010 $1299 87 1316 1m 21s 1m 23s
Apple iMac $1599 N/A N/A 37.1s N/A
Dell Studio One 19 $1888 100 1524 57s 1m

While the specifications of the Medion AKOYA P4020 D all-in-one PC aren't high-end by any means, it is powerful enough to handle regular computing tasks with ease. Its weakest point is its graphics processor, which would struggle with any modern video game — its saving grace is the ability to decode Full HD video with ease.

Medion AKOYA P4020 D touchscreen performance

For the most part, the touchscreen interface of Medion's software is easy to get to grips with (pardon the pun). Buttons are large and the touchscreen reacts well to inputs. It is a multitouch screen, so gestures like flicking and two-finger zooming are supported.

The Windows 7 interface also lent itself reasonably well to touchscreen usage in our tests. We wouldn't type anything longer than a Web address on it and double-tapping to open programs is occasionally a bit finicky, but at least the keyboard and mouse are available as a backup.

Medion AKOYA P4020 D: software and accessories

The Medion AKOYA P4020 D is preloaded with a 32-bit copy of the Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft Works 9.0 and an Office 2007 trial edition are also installed. The Medion Touch Centre software provides easy access to games, movie watching, paint and memo software, as well as access to the 1.3-megapixel camera in the AKOYA P4020 D's top bezel.

A wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and Windows Media Centre-compatible remote control are included with the Medion AKOYA P4020 D. We found these to be passable for general use, but we were annoyed that the wireless keyboard and mouse receiver wasn't built in — instead, you will need to plug in the supplied USB receiver.

The inbuilt combination digital/analog TV tuner works seamlessly with Windows Media Centre — all we needed to do was plug in an external antenna and click through a few menus to start watching live television.

Conclusion

The Medion AKOYA P4020 D all-in-one PC is a complete package, with plenty of technology inside an impressively compact form factor. As well as handling general computing tasks with ease, you can watch TV and high-definition movies. For $999 the Medion AKOYA P4020 D represents good value considering similar PCs can cost almost $2000.

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David

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Medion. What a terrible, terrible company.

We ordered one of these machines, from Asda, but returned it, as the model Asda sell is not the Akoya P2004 DR AIO. The few extra letters on the end are important enough to get you TV access, with a [very cheaply made] remote control. Apart from that both models seem identical.

You can order the P2004 dr aio version directly from Medion, via their website, as we did. Unfortunately the new puppy got hold of the remote control, and damaged it, so we called Medion, who informed us they do not keep spare parts. Ridiculos right?

They told me that they could have another remote made, but it would be in India at their manufacturing facility. [Medion is a solely Indian owned and run company] They have an outlet in Germany.

He initially told me it would cost me 5 euros, which seemed fine. But I would have to send back the remote to them first.

So far so good.

They then sent me an envelope along with a letter, informing me it would cost me over £50, to have a new remote sent out to me.

Yes folks, Medion is actually a small company, which does not carry replacement parts, for brand new models, for you to buy, in case you need them, and will try and charge you an exorbitant extortionate fee, if you lose or damage something as simple as a very flimsy cheap remote control. [The buttons on the remote control, are not all on the PC, so you cannot use it as you should be able to]

On top of that they are extremely arrogant and rude.

A few years back, when they were based in the uk, I ordered one of their systems, which I paid for, only to recieve an email telling me they told me they had no stock left of that model.

They then paid the £600 back into another persons account who happened to have the same last name as me!!!!

They were very arrogant then as well, adamant that they had never recieved any money from me in the first place!

STAY WELL CLEAR of MEDION if you dont want serious hassle further down the line

They're just not worth it.

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Paul Lees

5.0

1

Pros
excellent multi touch functions
Cons
no hdmi out
• • •

well its been near two years since I bought one and have to say these are a great AI1 computer, the inbuilt dvb hd tv is great as is all of the functions, a great all rounder with full multi touch, what more could you want for windows 8, I have tested windows 8 on mine and is faster than windows 7

Warren M'Baht

4.5

2

Pros
Multitouch, TV Tuner, 32 or 64 bit win7, 7 usb ports, +++
Cons
No inbuilt Bluetooth, Optical drive is a slow writer.
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Me, family and local friends own 5 of these between us, about a year. Never one problem yet. All this about being slow is not right. Not a high power gaming machine by any means, but handles all video, Photoshop, very fast with vid conversion software, ie Any Video Converter Pro. Loads 1,5gb to my Samsung G3 Station inabout 30 seconds. Runs 3g internet with bigpond at almost 3meg. My adsl with Exetel, 8meg plan, is only 700meg but that is a line speed problem. Recommend.

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