At only £450 the Medion costs well under half the price of most other all-in-one PCs. Fortunately, you don't have to put up with only half the performance or half the quality as the Akoya P2002 is a surprisingly solid piece of kit which really doesn't look half bad.
Behind the 23in, 1920 x 1080-pixel screen lies a 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-3220 dual-core processor backed by 4GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. This is a relatively small amount of RAM nowadays and obviously at this price you won't be getting a solid-state drive either, yet the Akoya P2002 achieved a creditable 3298 points in PCMark 7, proving it can keep up with pricier PCs.
Graphics performance is, however, rather less impressive, relying on the Intel HD Graphics 2500 built into the CPU. Don't bother this PC with any ideas of running action games.
Medion Akoya P2002: connectivity and multimedia
A pair of USB 3.0 ports is included, along with a total of four USB 2.0. You also get a built-in Freeview TV tuner. HDMI in and out ports allow for hooking up an external monitor and perhaps a Blu-ray player if the built-in DVD drive just isn't aitch-dee enough for you. See: more reviews of all-in-one PCs.
Most of the ports are placed inconveniently on the underside, but a pair of USB 2.0 connections, audio, and a card reader are placed more conveniently at the sides. The power switch is sited at the back of the screen right underneath the display controls. This results in accidentally shutting down the PC when you really just want to switch inputs.
Perhaps the most obvious omission on this system is the lack of a touchscreen. Windows 8 can be easier to fathom using one, but it certainly isn't a necessity and getting rid of touch support is a sensible way to keep costs down. Another way of keeping to budget is to use a less-than-great display panel, which is what Medion seems to have done here. Colour reproduction is noticeably worse than the competition, and viewing angles limited. See also Group test: what's the best all-in-one PC?