Medion Akoya 10" Touchscreen Notebook + Full Office 2013 Home & Student, £159 & Free P&P @ eBay (ideal_uk) - HotUKDeals
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I consider this as a great value for money due to the full version of Microsoft Office (+touchscreen, win 8 and being a new laptop). This is a entry level laptop (I would rather call it a netbook), so match your expectations towards that.

I do not have any experience with this seller or the Medion brand, so comments are welcome.:-)

Link:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Medion-Akoya-E1317T-10-Touchscreen-Notebook-FREE-Office-2013-Home-Student-/271414550508?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item3f31915fec

Tech specs from the seller:

MEDION AKOYA E1317T TOUCHSCREEN LAPTOP (MD98449)

Technical details
CPU: AMD A4-1200 APU processor
Operating system (OEM version):
Windows 8

Hard disk capacity: 500GB
Screen size: 25,7 cm (10,1“)
Resolution: 1366x768 pixels
Screen Type: non-glare display
Graphic:AMD Radeon™ HD 8180 graphics

Sound:
High-definition audio with 2 loudspeakers?Dolby® Advanced Audio v2-certified

Miscellaneous:
Chipset is integrated into APU
USB 3.0 – the data turbo
Multi-card reader for SD, SDHC, and MMC memory cards (memory cards not supplied)
Integrated HD webcam and microphone
MEDION® Clickpad
MEDION® Solid Keyboard
Ultra slimline design with touch display
Battery
Battery cells: 3

Connections:
Multi-card reader for SD, SDHC & MMC memory cards (memory cards not supplied)
1 x USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0)
2 x USB 2.0
1 x LAN (RJ 45)
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI® out

Audio:
1 x microphone
1 x line out
LAN:
Ethernet LAN network controller (10/100 Mbit/s)

WLAN:
High-speed wireless LAN IEEE 802.11n-standard technology with integrated Bluetooth function

Software (OEM Versions)

Operating system: Windows 8
Windows® Essentials
Free full version of Office 2013 Home & Student
CyberLink PowerDVD
CyberLink YouCam
Windows 8 apps and games
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
Incl. 90 days of free online updates. (Internet connection required for activation). After 90 days, you must purchase a licence if you want to continue using the software.

In the box:
MEDION® AKOYA® touch notebook, 3-cell battery, external mains adapter, warranty card, quick start guide, safety handbook, Windows 8 recovery DVD, MEDION Application and Support DVD

Standard information
Dimensions: (W x H x D): approx. 260 x 25.2–27.6 x 185 mm
Weight: approx. 1,350 g (incl. battery)
Warranty: 12 months Medion Warranty with Telephone support
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#1
Thought it was a good price on medion web site and I think it was nearer £190 .so good price
#2
He will also take offers.
#4
Good value for money but sent it back within a week because mine did not come with office installed on it also it was extremely slow and the touch pad wasn't that good either.
#5
CPU likely slower than that 'monstrous' Dell but looks a decent little portable student unit, but maybe too small for some.
#6
http://i.imgur.com/FxDnVK7.png
#7
Isn't this the one asda had for about 149 a while back with the suggestion on here that if you took enough of the bloatware of it became usable?
#8
Well this is where AMD offloaded its tablet SoC's. Sadly the GPU ties up too much of the die and ends up with 2 low clocked CPU core that can't push the graphics. If AMD could have built it on 14nm they could have clocked it to a good level but sadly at 28nm its all clocked to low to be effective.

While its hot for the price I think it will end up bathing dust sooner rather than later.
1 Like #9
m1chaels
Isn't this the one asda had for about 149 a while back with the suggestion on here that if you took enough of the bloatware of it became usable?
Yes, and some hated it and others loved it. Takes an age and a half to update to win8.1; some owners gave up and returned it. I used my sister's for a while and thought it was acceptable for the cost, but maybe primarily due to the bundled and not time-limited MS Office H&S. Without Office, it might have required a brave purchase.
To make it more useable, owners may need to consier some advice from this earlier informative HUKD post:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/medion-touch-149-99-asda-direct-1853244?page=5#post21320446
#10
With that video RAM you are left with 1.5GB. So you really need a 4GB stick to get a sensible 3.5GB
#11
I purchased one of these for £150 a while ago and to be honest it isn't really worth it. I updated to Windows 8.1 but the processor really struggled with a lot of things like Web pages, simple steam games etc. It played 720p vids fine but the whole lagginess really is annoying. I sold mine for what I paid and now own a Transformer t100. It costs more but is worth it in my opinion.
#12
If you are wanting one you can also chance your arm on an 'As New' one for £105 deld n Amazon.
#13
LadyEleanor
If you are wanting one you can also chance your arm on an 'As New' one for £105 deld n Amazon.
The sole reviewer was not impressed with this item!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RBJIKCMB1G940/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00HEGN744
#14
http://i.imgur.com/RqhOn0u.png
#15
Yup they really are that bad. You know you are in trouble when it's slow out of the box. I spent a couple of hours clearing one up and trying to get a semblance of performance. Just not possible, these low end AMD's are just a train wreck. Reminds me of the Vista days when Dell and HP etc thought 1gb of RAM was enough for Vista.
#16
I paid £121 for Asus Refub laptop X101ch which is worth around £170 but they made a mistake and they posted me a higher spec Asus X550CA. I was like what? I couldnt believe it coz it would have costed me £340 for a brand new one and for a refub easily £240 but i got it for £120. I think i was very lucky :D

Edited By: h4hassan on Aug 02, 2014 05:14
#17
MEDION ? Never ever again!
#18
I had it a day and returned it. Avoid like the plague. Slow? You haven't seen slow till you've used this.
#19
avoid, medion
1 Like #20
Any other recommendations? For sort of netbooks/small laptops.
#21
h4hassan
I paid £121 for Asus Refub laptop X101ch which is worth around £170 but they made a mistake and they posted me a higher spec Asus X550CA. I was like what? I couldnt believe it coz it would have costed me £340 for a brand new one and for a refub easily £240 but i got it for £120. I think i was very lucky :D
If you bought your unit from Argos, it is quite common to receive the wrong item. Their refurb supplier, D & J Henry, often put a computer in a wrongly labelled box. The Argos warehouse simply refer to the label and send out the box without checking the contents !. I have even received boxes, sealed with contents checked tape, that have had the wrong contents ! It has happened to me when buying an Asus X101CH, 2 different Fujitsu Lifebooks and 3 Toshiba Satellites ! You could be in an awkward situation if you want your unit repaired under warranty, as obviously the unit you send to D & J Henry will not match the sales records. It might be worth confirming your position with Argos Outlet C.S. They may simply amend the product details to match the order number.

Edited By: COMARANTZ on Aug 02, 2014 09:03: Info.
#22
skykid3 My test try @ £127 was rejected, so maybe your £130 offer might be accepted, if there are not to many offers above yours. Post your result.

Edited By: COMARANTZ on Aug 02, 2014 08:52
#23
This will be a regrettable purchase for anyone who entertains this deal. Horrifically slow to update to Windows 8.1 and well it's netbook slow which if you know what that means, means don't buy it.
#24
DONT BUY THIS -- horrendously slow and touch screen also poor -- even after all bloatware removed.
Due to bios on windows 8 computers you will also have problems installing linux as alternative which would speed it up
#25
Any word on how well Ubuntu runs on this?
#26
COMARANTZ
h4hassan
I paid £121 for Asus Refub laptop X101ch which is worth around £170 but they made a mistake and they posted me a higher spec Asus X550CA. I was like what? I couldnt believe it coz it would have costed me £340 for a brand new one and for a refub easily £240 but i got it for £120. I think i was very lucky :D
If you bought your unit from Argos, it is quite common to receive the wrong item. Their refurb supplier, D & J Henry, often put a computer in a wrongly labelled box. The Argos warehouse simply refer to the label and send out the box without checking the contents !. I have even received boxes, sealed with contents checked tape, that have had the wrong contents ! It has happened to me when buying an Asus X101CH, 2 different Fujitsu Lifebooks and 3 Toshiba Satellites ! You could be in an awkward situation if you want your unit repaired under warranty, as obviously the unit you send to D & J Henry will not match the sales records. It might be worth confirming your position with Argos Outlet C.S. They may simply amend the product details to match the order number.


I've haven't had that happen, not that I doubt you, had plenty that had faults that weren't checked though, so I can believe it.
#27
As stated earlier, the performance is woeful. See this article >

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-A-Series-A4-1200-Notebook-Processor.92892.0.html
#28
Those bashing Medion probably haven't played with the higher spec laptops they make. These low end netbooks are crippled by the crappy CPUs they have in them.
#29
Medion is owned by Lenovo. Medion is big in Germany and most of the tech products sold in Aldi are Medion branded.
1 Like #30
piginabox
Any word on how well Ubuntu runs on this?


I can't find any info on it. There's a possibility due to secure boot it won't work.
1 Like #31
piginabox
Any word on how well Ubuntu runs on this?
I have no actual experience using this machine but looking at the Passmark , though low, I have very good confidence it would run fine with Ubuntu in similar performance, if not better, than Windows XP on this hardware. I am still considering this as it has full MS Word Home and Student licence and as a package it is very good value for money. Although slow, functionally it does the work. From what I have read after the painfully slow ( a day's elapsed time) upgrade to Window 8.1 update 1, the laptop is usable for light work so perfect for those who do occasional light work and must need MS Office 2013 for compatibility for some word docs using advanced formatted features.

Edited By: splender on Aug 02, 2014 10:45: added text
#32
fishmaster
COMARANTZ
h4hassan
I paid £121 for Asus Refub laptop X101ch which is worth around £170 but they made a mistake and they posted me a higher spec Asus X550CA. I was like what? I couldnt believe it coz it would have costed me £340 for a brand new one and for a refub easily £240 but i got it for £120. I think i was very lucky :D
If you bought your unit from Argos, it is quite common to receive the wrong item. Their refurb supplier, D & J Henry, often put a computer in a wrongly labelled box. The Argos warehouse simply refer to the label and send out the box without checking the contents !. I have even received boxes, sealed with contents checked tape, that have had the wrong contents ! It has happened to me when buying an Asus X101CH, 2 different Fujitsu Lifebooks and 3 Toshiba Satellites ! You could be in an awkward situation if you want your unit repaired under warranty, as obviously the unit you send to D & J Henry will not match the sales records. It might be worth confirming your position with Argos Outlet C.S. They may simply amend the product details to match the order number.

I've haven't had that happen, not that I doubt you, had plenty that had faults that weren't checked though, so I can believe it.
In business and in government , the last bit of quality and perfection cost a huge amount of money. So it is very cost effecive to have some mistakes , a few %, and the price is halved as a ball park. A school boy analogy is : it is relatively little effort to increase the exam marks from 70% to 90% but to increase from 98% to 100% costs tons more effort. So when we expect government or police ...to be perfect, where every terrorist, every child molester, every corrupt politician, every journey matters (slogan by TFL now) .... matters, it costs billions in incremental tax payers' money , but whereas acceptance of mistakes and lower quality, say 98% rather than 100%, then the costs are in tens to hundreds of millions rather than billions. So for Argos outlet, lower quality of checking means goods can be sold much cheaper than otherwise.
#33
h4hassan
I paid £121 for Asus Refub laptop X101ch which is worth around £170 but they made a mistake and they posted me a higher spec Asus X550CA. I was like what? I couldnt believe it coz it would have costed me £340 for a brand new one and for a refub easily £240 but i got it for £120. I think i was very lucky :D

That's a nice story...
#34
splender
fishmaster
COMARANTZ
h4hassan
I paid £121 for Asus Refub laptop X101ch which is worth around £170 but they made a mistake and they posted me a higher spec Asus X550CA. I was like what? I couldnt believe it coz it would have costed me £340 for a brand new one and for a refub easily £240 but i got it for £120. I think i was very lucky :D
If you bought your unit from Argos, it is quite common to receive the wrong item. Their refurb supplier, D & J Henry, often put a computer in a wrongly labelled box. The Argos warehouse simply refer to the label and send out the box without checking the contents !. I have even received boxes, sealed with contents checked tape, that have had the wrong contents ! It has happened to me when buying an Asus X101CH, 2 different Fujitsu Lifebooks and 3 Toshiba Satellites ! You could be in an awkward situation if you want your unit repaired under warranty, as obviously the unit you send to D & J Henry will not match the sales records. It might be worth confirming your position with Argos Outlet C.S. They may simply amend the product details to match the order number.

I've haven't had that happen, not that I doubt you, had plenty that had faults that weren't checked though, so I can believe it.
In business and in government , the last bit of quality and perfection cost a huge amount of money. So it is very cost effecive to have some mistakes , a few %, and the price is halved as a ball park. A school boy analogy is : it is relatively little effort to increase the exam marks from 70% to 90% but to increase from 98% to 100% costs tons more effort. So when we expect government or police ...to be perfect, where every terrorist, every child molester, every corrupt politician, every journey matters (slogan by TFL now) .... matters, it costs billions in incremental tax payers' money , but whereas acceptance of mistakes and lower quality, say 98% rather than 100%, then the costs are in tens to hundreds of millions rather than billions. So for Argos outlet, lower quality of checking means goods can be sold much cheaper than otherwise.

That's the very long winded reason, and you're just making excuses on their part, however that's irrelevant I'm informing people here that they might not get what they expect if D&J Henry have been involved in refurbishing the product, this usually involves not checking the product adequately and then putting a D&J Henry leaflet in the box saying they refurbished it.

I work for a small company that refurbishes and resells laptops, tablets and desktops and if we can do it right and make a profit so can Argos. Argos aren't stating here's a laptop it might not be 100% working but here have it cheaper, the customer is fully expecting a working warranted product and that's what we should expect.

Edited By: fishmaster on Aug 02, 2014 11:41
#35
If you are confident you could try to upgrade the cpu if it's not soldered onto the motherboard. Although you will void the warranty
#36
Waste of money, it can't even handle the OS enviornment and for those claiming it will do for everyday use, better of using a potato
#37
1GHZ APU built for Tablets and only 2GB of RAM... BRING ME THE CHROMEBOOK
#38
dannykerner1990
If you are confident you could try to upgrade the cpu if it's not soldered onto the motherboard. Although you will void the warranty

Pretty sure its a SoC from a tablet so you cant really do that. I think recommending anyone to swap the CPU in a laptop is just asking for trouble tbh. Build a PC or buy a better laptop

Edited By: Warnoq on Aug 02, 2014 14:32
#39
COMARANTZ
skykid3 My test try @ £127 was rejected, so maybe your £130 offer might be accepted, if there are not to many offers above yours. Post your result.

I retracted my bid, decided to give it a miss, cant even upgrade the CPU, might consider it again if someone has got linux installed on it?
#40
Its faster than pretty much all Atom netbooks, and said to be much on a par with the last generation Atom Celeron. Likely user could not wait for those hundreds of updates running in background, 8.1 included.

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