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Last year I was in Aldi, that famous German supermarket, who every so often have special offers on, I did what everyone is not supposed to do and that was purchase a lap top without carrying out any research. I had previously thought of getting away from a tower computer and obtaining a laptop, but when I went out shopping it was the last thing on my mind. Well, as I was in the checkout queue I saw an advert in store for the C6613, read the blurb, looked at the specification, and bought one there and then. Yes I actually did that. I am not a computer buff but was able to get it home, set it up, go on line,and hey presto here I am writing reviews a few months later. Was it a good buy, a resounding yes, is it user friendly, yes it is, has it got all the features I need, yes it has, would I recommend it to others, yes I would, and I have. I use it every day and am very glad I did this impulse buy, this laptop is a great product, easy to use attractive in appearance, and one of the best buys I have ever made. Did I tell you I am 70 years old and can easily use this laptop, well I am and I can.
I was looking for a laptop to take to uni last year, however i was rather budgeted in what i could and could not afford, i had about £300 or so to spend at the time, i searched high and low through all the laptops available. Eventually i stumbled across the P6613 by medion in an argos catalogue, with specs much higher than rival firms i grabbed the offer, personally i have never regretted this decision! Its a great little laptop for what its worth, comes with 4gb ram and a pentium dual core T4200 @ 2.0GHZ, might not seem much but is more than capable of running most high end programs without any problem, The hard drive size was also more than adequate at just under 300gigs for storeing all my uni work and music files. It also has a good graphics card which is capable of running most games although perhaps more suited at strategy and adventure than perhaps cod4 which although it runs will only do so at 9.4fps. I would not dub this brand as a poor one and think that the build was of good quality and parts for more adequate than rival brands in a similar price band. I wouldnt expect anymore than that from what i paid. It also boasts a nice 16" screen with a very nice resolution and its matte finish elimantes annoying reflections. The battery is also rather good and lasts 4 hours which i feel is adequate time for a latop of this calibre. My only criticsims if i had to make any would be that its rather heavy for a latop at 3kg which really isnt a problem for most and im able to carry this laptop around without any problems, an issue i did have is with the wireless network card which does not include draft N-wifi, which makes the signal a little weaker and harder to pick up. On the other hand the laptop makes up for this in other departments which are much more important in my opinion. Ok so its not the best laptop on the market, thats a given, but its one of the cheapest and far better than its rivals. I might also add that never buy fromm Dell, the deal might sound good but the parts are extremely basic and of poor quality, in fact two dell laptops have died on me due to powerline faults and a broken hd. If your looking for a good allrounded laptop this might just suit you!
OK, where do I start with this machine... I bought it last November, I have now less than 12 months later replaced it with a Desk top PC, after a month the Hard drive failed I lost a fair amount of data, lucky enough I have an external HD. Called customer services they took the machine to Germany (I believe) to have it fixed, I waited roughly 6 weeks before I saw it again, and yes it had a new HD but the touch pad buttons no longer worked properly, well I have a mouse so for the inconvenience of another 6 week without a computer I put up with it, then the touch pad itself was far too sensitive, and would make my cursor "jump" causing many issues with instant messaging. I have to say I had nothing but trouble with it, from the start! ok on the plus... It was a lovely large screen, and was a good price the battery stayed charged for a good long time which was perfect, however after having a Dell Laptop which stood the test of time and heavy usage, I felt very let down by the Medion, I wouldn't recommend this Machine to anyone, there are better Laptops on the market.
Medion are not the best known PC manufacturer in the world and, thanks to distribution deals with "pack-'em and stack 'em" outlets (Aldi promote limited stocks as special offers), they sometimes suffer the reputation of being a poor man's laptop. This one was on special offer in Sainsbury's when purchased and, barring a few minor flaws, turns out to be a great little machine. For its price tag, this PC offers a surprisingly good spec. The original retail price was around £549 and at that price point it was undistinguished and not great value for money. Since it's now an older machine, its price has reduced considerably and represents a far better buy. In my case, it was picked up for just over £330 and blew its competitors in that price bracket out of the market, offering more memory, a bigger hard disk and a faster processor. Although they can be quite tricky to track down as stock is limited, it's well worth picking one up if you see it. Speed-wise, Akoya is never going to blow you away, but it's certainly fast enough for most people's needs. Equipped with a Dual Core T4200 2GHz processor it copes fine with every day applications such as word processing, email, web surfing and even photo editing. Start up and shut down are reasonably quick (30-60 seconds), so you don't spend large parts of your life waiting for the PC to do something. The 3GB RAM is larger than the typical 2GB offered by similarly priced machines (at the time) and still holds up pretty well today. Thanks to this extra bit of memory programs generally boot up quickly and operate efficiently. The machine comes with Windows 7 pre-installed and the processing power is easily enough to meet the operating system's demands. In fact, despite being a slightly lower spec machine, basic tasks (including boot up and shut down) are actually quicker on this than my other laptop running Windows Vista (which just shows how bloated and inefficient Vista is!). The 320 GB Hard Disk may look a little mean these days, but it should be sufficient for most users, particularly since it's increasingly the norm to store your personal files on a memory stick, not the hard disk. Unless you are a massive downloader of movie files or install a massive number of space-hungry programs, storage is unlikely to be an issue. Certainly, in the time I've been using this laptop I've not even come close to filling the hard disk - I would estimate I currently use less than 30% of the available space after around 12 months' use. Sound and vision are also fine. The speakers and sound card might be a little low spec, but they are certainly sufficient for most general use, and I have watched films on this laptop with no real difficulties. The LCD screen gives a nice sharp, crisp display, with colours looking strong and well-defined. Of course, as with any LCD screen, it can be difficult to read if it's placed in direct or strong sunlight, but this is a problem with LCD technology generally, not this laptop. You do need to bear in mind that whilst the multimedia hardware might be fine for basic entertainment purposes, such as watching/films or photo editing, this is not a gamers' laptop. It's very much aimed at the personal/home office end of the market, intended for common tasks, such as word processing/web surfing etc. It can cope with some older, less graphics intensive games, but if you're looking to play games from the last few years, forget it: they either won't install to begin with, or if they do will be so sluggish that they are unplayable. This is also not a PC that you're going to want to carry around with you and it's really more of a desktop replacement than a portable laptop. Weighing in at around 3kg, it's a pretty heavy beast! It's also rather on the large side (thanks to a 16 inch screen), so even if weight were not an issue, size certainly would be. Still, it's portable enough to be able to carry it between different rooms in your house, which is all most people need. Just don't expect to take it on the train with you (unless you own your own train). Battery life is adequate without being impressive. Light use (internet access, word processing) gives around 4 hours from a full charged battery. This might not sound great in the era of machines which last for 8-10 hours, but it's unlikely to be a real issue. As noted above, this laptop is not exactly portable, so the chances are you will never be too far away from an electrical socket anyway, making battery life slightly irrelevant. As is often the case with some of the cheaper laptop makes, build quality is a slight issue. The casing does feel slightly tacky and plastic and not particularly sturdy. Similarly the keyboard is not great to use. The keys clunk quite loudly when pressed and don't have a lot of spring in them. They are also set slightly too far apart, so it can be quite fiddly and I found a little bit of difficulty adapting to the layout of this keyboard. Even now, I still find myself hitting the wrong key far more frequently than on other machines that I use. For those wanting to know a bit of technical stuff, the P6613 has an adequate number of ports. It comes with a DVD/RW drive allowing you to burn your own DVDs/CDs, 4 USB ports and an SD card reader. Surprisingly, it doesn't support Bluetooth. For me, this was not an issue since I rarely use it, but if Bluetooth is a killer app for you, then you need to consider this (although, of course, you can always invest in a Bluetooth dongle to make it compatible). There's also no internal modem, but of course, it supports wireless or LAN access to a broadband connection and there can't be many people these days still using a 56k modem! If portability is not an issue and you can put up with the slightly cheap build of the machine, then this is a laptop that will not let you down and offers strong processing power at a very reasonable price. © Copyright SWSt 2010