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Medion Akoya P6613 review

Barry de la Rosa
16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
529
inc VAT
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Medion's P6613 lasted nearly four hours in our light-use battery test, but at 3kg it's also the heaviest laptop here, pushing the limits of comfortable portability.

With its 16:9 screen and multimedia features, it's better suited to a more sedentary life, but it's useful to be able to go without mains power for this long.

The design is fairly bland, although it has an unusual finish, which looks like brushed metal painted with gloss. The two-tone black and dark grey colour scheme is attractive; there are simple indicator lights and no multimedia buttons to spoil the clean lines. Apart from a slight flex in the screen, the case feels sturdy.

The keyboard is equally firm and uses the full width of the case to include a number pad. With NumLock off, the number pad keys double as page navigation keys. Our only complaint is the touchpad, which uses the same gloss surface as the case and so can get sticky; otherwise, it's large enough and the buttons are light.

The P6613 is one of only two laptops here with an eSATA port, which doubles as a USB port, giving a total of four USB ports. It also has an HDMI output, an ExpressCard/54 slot and a generous 320GB hard disk. Draft-N WiFi is the only absentee.

Performance was near the top of the group. However, the P6613 really stood out in our gaming tests. Its score of 9.4fps in our Call of Duty 4 benchmark is poor, but the best in this round-up. It's enough for less action-oriented games, such as strategy or adventure games, which will look great on the 16:9 widescreen display. The 16in screen has the joint-highest resolution here, with even backlighting and accurate colours. Furthermore, the matt finish eliminates reflections.

It may not have the 3G modem of Lenovo's SL500 or the long warranty of Asus's X59GL, but this is a great all-rounder. The Samsung R510's better looks, warranty and lower price earn it the Best Buy award. However, if you can find the P6613 cheaper, it's the one to buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core T4200
Processor clock speed2GHz
Memory3.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size42x380x259mm
Weight3.0kg
SoundRealtek HD Audio/Nvidia HDAudio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle23W
Power consumption active49W

Display

Viewable size16 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorNvidia Geforce G105M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory256MB

Storage

Total storage capacity320GB
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST GSA-T50N
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other portseSATA (shared with USB socket), 2x minijack audio input, minijack audio output

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore disc
Software includedNero Essentials, Corel Wordperfect Office X3

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£529
Detailswww.medionshop.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.medionshop.co.uk

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