Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050)
We took the decision to review another product made by Medion. This time it was the company’s $569 Akoya E6228 (MD99050).
A new low end laptop
The Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050) works with the following specifications: a 15.6″ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, an Intel Core 2.4GHz i3-2370M processor, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 750GB hard drive and an Intel HD 3000 GPU.
Medion did not dare make their latest laptop look different than what the are used to on their other models. In a nutshell, the deign is very nice. Its body will not be bothered by fingerprints.
If you want a very light laptop, look further than this one. Because it weighs quite a bit: 2.6kg. You can safely use it on your legs or lap, because it stays cool.
Don’t be afraid of the display showing reflections. It won’t. But we had to make sure the display was tilted before looking at pics or clips in order to see them in a better quality.
The kinds of scrolling that this device’s touchpad works with are 3-finger flicks and 2-finger types. You will get along very well with this touchpad. The buttons on the keyboard also provide great feedback. We wrote this review on them, during our tests, and we did not run across problems.
Limited battery life
Thanks to the fact that the processor is a fast one compared to what Medion used on previous models, the overall speed in our case was good. Encoding sessions took 1 minute each. But because of the slow hard drive and the poor amount of RAM, this CPU will not make it through a task that is more complex.
The battery supplied inside the Akoya E6228 (MD99050) delivers 4 hours on a single charge. If you don’t think that’s enough, then you can always lower the display brightness level.
Connectivity translates into 1 HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 DVD burner, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 ports, ports for connecting a mic or a pair of headphones, 1 VGA port and 1 SD card slot. You also get Bluetooth to go.
Games that are really big right now won’t be able to look good on this laptop. Because its GPU does not deliver what is needed from it in this case.
We advise our readers to buy a pair of headphones, because the quality of the speakers is not great at all.
Movies, songs and other types of content in high definition looked good on the laptop’s display. To control what we watched, we employed either the keyboard or the touchpad. Yes, there is no remote here. However, before kicking this device into life, be sure to set up its USB-based digital TV tuner. There is also an antenna that offers portability. To get the best out of it, you will have to take care where you sit and live. Because it will not work all the time. But with that USB-based digital TV tuner, you will need no adapter. The product offers a full-sized antenna connection to go by. That is very good thinking from the part of Medion. The number of channels we got was 3: they were the ones called Ten, Seven and ABC. But if you take your time and allow it to dig deeper, it is going to offer many more channels.
The Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050) does not count as a great laptop in the big books. And it’s a pity, since it actually is reliable. And the performance it delivers is good.