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Medion Akoya E2005D Nettop review

Alan Lu
24 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
285
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

1.6GHz Intel Atom 230, 1.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows XP Home Edition

Netbooks have become exceedingly popular thanks to their low prices and small dimensions.

Nettops such as Medion's Akoya E2005D share these characteristics. They aren't as powerful as fully fledged desktop PCs, but they're ideal for less intensive tasks such as email, web browsing and office applications.

The E2005D is around the size of a DVD player and comes with Windows XP pre-installed. It isn't the smallest nettop we've seen, but it's still impressively compact. A Logitech optical mouse and a laptop-style keyboard, with no numerical keypad, is included. There's no monitor, although a model with a 19in widescreen display costs £349 including VAT.

Like many other nettops, the E2005D has an Intel Atom processor and GMA 950 integrated graphics chipset. The 1GB of RAM can be upgraded to 2GB, but there's only one RAM slot so you'll have to replace the existing memory module. As expected, it isn't suitable for video encoding, watching HD video or 3D gaming, but it's easily fast enough for web browsing, watching programmes on BBC iPlayer and office work.

Unlike the Eee Box, the E2005D comes fitted with a DVD writer so you can install software from discs, back up files to DVDs or watch movies. The 160GB hard disk should be more than enough for office documents, but you may want more if you have an extensive music and photo library. The hard disk and DVD writer are standard desktop models, so replacements are cheap and readily available.

Replacing the internal storage components is trickier than it should be. Removing the assembly containing both the hard disk and DVD writer required an alarming degree of force. Unsurprisingly, there's no space for adding extra hard disks or optical drives. Neither are there any expansion card slots for adding an internal TV tuner or dedicated graphics card. However, wireless networking, Gigabit Ethernet and a memory card reader are present.

The E2005D is a compact and inexpensive PC that's ideal for everyday computing tasks. There are slightly better deals around, though. If you want an even smaller nettop, the updated Eee Box B202 has a 160GB hard disk but costs £87 less from www.oyyy.co.uk. It doesn't come with an optical drive or a keyboard and mouse, but these can be added fairly cheaply. It's easy to upgrade the hard disk on the B202 if required, but as it uses 2?in laptop hard disks this would be more expensive than an equivalent upgrade for the E2005D.

If you want a complete nettop system, our pick is Novatech's Ion. It's identically specified to the E2005D, but lacks built-in WiFi. However, there is a PCI slot for upgrades and its storage devices are simpler to replace. Best of all, it includes a 17in widescreen display, yet costs £20 less. It's a better, if less attravailable, choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Atom 230
Processor multiplierx12
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Processor socketSocket M
Level 1 cache24KB
Level 2 cache512KB
Memory1.000000
Memory typePC2-5300
Maximum memory2GB
MotherboardMSI MS-7418
Motherboard chipsetIntel i945G
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle30W
Power consumption active43W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/b/g
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI slots (free)0
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)0 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity160GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC888
Sound outputs7.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Optical drive modelLG GH22NS40
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardMedion 5139U
MouseLogitech M-UAE96

Software

Software includedAhead Nero Essentials 8, CyberLink PowerDVD 7 two channel edition
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore partition, restore disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£285
Supplierhttp://www.medionshop.co.uk
Detailswww.medion.co.uk

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