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Medion Akoya E6221 review

Good-value laptop for students and other demanding users

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • Great performance
  • Good screen
  • Decent features
  • Price

Against

  • Integrated graphics
  • Touchpad issues
  • Arrow keys are a little cramped

Medion laptops offer strong value for money with impressive specifications for their asking price. The Akoya E6221 is no exception and an excellent choice for cash-strapped students in need of lots of power.

This is one of the cheapest laptops we've seen to feature Intel's latest Sandy Bridge technology. Our Core i3 2310M model with 4GB of memory handled even complex design suites without slowing, and there's even a more powerful Core i5 version available for a little more cash.

The Akoya doesn't have dedicated graphics, opting for more basic integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics instead. This means the processor handles image rendering, but thankfully it does a great job, providing enough power to edit your home movies, watch HD video and fill your spare time with some light gaming.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 286
MobileMark 2007: 233
3DMark 2003: 10,012

Vibrant screen

A matt finish to the 15.6-inch screen prevents annoying reflections from blinding you when you're working outside or in bright environments – this is further helped by the battery, which keeps you going for almost five hours between charges.

TFT displays can sometimes be a little muted when it comes to photos and movies, but the Akoya's screen is impressively vibrant with strong contrast.

Further value is provided by the 500GB hard drive, giving you plenty of space for your work files, personal photos and hundreds of movies and albums. If you want to get online, you can access wireless and wired networks via 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet support.

While the internal components offer impressive value for money, the Akoya's chassis looks and feels a little cheap. A glossy black design has been used and the lid and interior are magnets for dust, fingerprints and smudges. The plastic body flexes under pressure, but not enough for us to worry.

We still like the isolation-style keyboard, which proves excellent for touch-typing as each key is separated from its neighbours. The arrow keys are a little cramped, but there's room for a dedicated numeric keypad. You also get a row of touch-sensitive media shortcuts for changing the volume and pausing or skipping through your media.

We had issues with the touchpad, however, as we kept brushing it with our palms when typing, causing the cursor to skip about on the screen.

Despite these minor gripes, the Akoya E6221 offers tremendous value for your hard-earned cash. With impressive performance that exceeds the low asking price, a strong TFT screen and long battery life, this is a fantastic bargain that will suit students and cash-strapped yet demanding users.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.70 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAKOYA E6221
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-2310M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameMedion
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesE6221
ManufacturerMEDION International
Product ModelMD97752
Product NameAKOYA E6221 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAKOYA
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMD97752
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.medion.com
Marketing InformationThe ideal fusion of technology and aesthetics.

The MEDION AKOYA E6221 (MD 97752) sets exceptional design standards with its stylish looks. Nothing disturbs the well-thought-out details of the design concept of this 15.6" Notebook which allows comfortable operation during work or play.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • AKOYA E6221 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • MEDION Application and Support Disc
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Recovery DVD (64 Bit)
Limited Warranty1 Year