The Medion P6624 is a well-specified budget 15.6in laptop, only available from Sainsbury's supermarket

Note that, as with many models of Medion laptop, stocks of product are not maintained for long. As of 7 Jan 2010, this Sainsbury's-exclusive model was sold out of the supermarket's online shop, but we are told that models are still available in-store

Update: we have discovered that in February 2011 Sainsbury's increased the price of this model by £300, to £799.

We do not ordinarily revise online reviews to reflect every price change, but while this laptop is still being offered for sale by Sainsbury's we must revise our scores to reflect the poor value for money the Medion P6624 now represents.

With a specification that leaves it looking rather like a playground bully, Medion’s Akoya P6624 wipes the floor with the competition.

Nothing can touch the Medion’s Akoya P6624 at the price in terms of sheer performance. Its 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor is by far the fastest on offer and the nVidia GeForce GT425M powered graphics runs rings around the best of the rest.

It has arguably the best screen of the group, with a matt anti-glare finish that makes the screen more usable in most lighting conditions.

The Medion’s Akoya P6624 also includes gigabit ethernet networking, a USB 3.0 port and a massive 640GB hard drive.

You may worry that all this extra power might cause more drain on battery life, but Medion has wisely included a 61.2Wh battery with the Medion’s Akoya P6624 which has enough extra capacity to keep those high-speed components working for longer.

The graphics chip also uses nVidia’s Optimus technology to seamlessly switch over to the Core i5’s on-chip Intel graphics when the more consumptive nVidia graphics processor is not needed.

This results in a decent battery life of just under five hours (294 mins) when tested with the MobileMark 2007 Productivity test.

A full-size keyboard is included, incorporating a numeric keypad and a multi-gesture touchpad with a single rocker-type button beneath, but no fancy programmable or media control keys are offered.

As you might expect, the performance results from the Medion Akoya P6624 are excellent. With WorldBench 6 returning a score of 116 points and even the gruelling Crysis game running at a playable rate, it’s clearly the choice for anyone who wants the ultimate speed on a budget.
 
In fact, if you have £500 to spend it’s going to be very hard to justify buying a different laptop – and yet there will be many who will do just that.

Laptops can be just as much about style and fashion as they are about sheer performance, and this is one area where the Medion Akoya P6624 falls short.

The grey plasticky appearance of the Medion’s Akoya P6624 really doesn’t cut it when compared to products such as Lenovo’s IdeaPad Z560. It’s also the heaviest on test at 2.66kg.

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Medion Akoya P6624: Specs

  • 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 460M
  • 15.6in matt LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333
  • 640GB 2.5in 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
  • nVidia GeForce GT425M with Optimus
  • HDMI, VGA
  • stereo speakers
  • headphone jack, mic input
  • 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
  • DVD±RW DL
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro card slot
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 61.2Wh lithium-ion battery
  • 382 x 260 x 31mm
  • 2660g
  • 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 460M
  • 15.6in matt LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333
  • 640GB 2.5in 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
  • nVidia GeForce GT425M with Optimus
  • HDMI, VGA
  • stereo speakers
  • headphone jack, mic input
  • 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
  • DVD±RW DL
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro card slot
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 61.2Wh lithium-ion battery
  • 382 x 260 x 31mm
  • 2660g

OUR VERDICT

If you simply want the best performance for your pound then nip down to Sainsbury’s and pick up one of these – if you can find one, you won’t be disappointed.

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