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Medion MD 8818 Core 2 Duo Multimedia Entertainment PC £ 549.99

The Medion MD 8818 with high gloss front design is the ultimate high-performance TV, Audio, Video, Games, Office and Internet PC. Top class entertainment with cutting-edge technology

Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor E6300 1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache with 1066 MHz FSB
High performance dual core technology with incredibly low power consumption. Improved heat management thanks to BTX casing technology, combined with heat pipe cooler technology and extremely quiet fans.

What is Dual Core?
Two processor cores work within the same processor to increase the performance of your PC. Dual core technology means that several demanding applications can be run at the same time, allowing your computer to think as fast as you can multi-task.

Huge 1024MB DDR2 memory
Speed rating 533MHz and 64 bit technology

Gigantic S-ATA 320GB Hard Disk
8MB cache, super-fast 7200rpm

The latest NVIDIA® GeForce 7650 GS graphics card with HDMI connection for enhanced quality, High Definition video entertainment
Passively cool and silent for full-on HD gaming power and high quality PC video performance. 256MB DDRII, HDMI interface and DVI output.

A world of television
3-in-1 TV Tuner, DVB-T, DVB-S and analogue TV

Dual Layer DVD+/-RW burner with LightScribe technology
16 × dual layer multi-standard DVD/CD burner

DVD-ROM Drive
16 × DVD-ROM

Integrated Wireless LAN 54MBit/s
The ideal introduction to wireless networking technology at home or in the office. IEEE802 11 b/g compatible

8 Channel High Definition Audio
Enjoy amazing digital home cinema surround sound. Use in conjunction with a suitable speaker set

Fast Ethernet on board 10/100Mbit/s (DSL Ready). USB 2.0 memory card reader included (reads and writes most standard memory cards).
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#1
Looks very good spec i wonder what motherboard it is
#2
This looks very impressive. GeForce™ 7650 GS card seems to make this an excellent buy. Voted hot.
#3
Yes looks great unfortunately we have no ALDI stores in Northern Ireland and its 850 euro in the south of ireland which works out about £50 more, but I might pay this thanks again
#4
Hi, Am convinced that a similar specification base unit could not be built for £ 549.99.

Not sure what mainboards Medion use in their PCs. Tried to find out what mainboard they'd fitted to a Pentium 4 from Aldi a few years ago and couldn't find any information at all. Guess that Medion are such a big OEM that they can get mainboards and other peripherals made specifically for them. Similar to Targa available from Lidl. Think that they use mainboards from one of the major manufacturers (used to know their name but cannot remember) however call them 'Targa edition'.

This sort of kit is ideal for use with GB-PVR. Providing the DVB-T and/or DVB-S Receiver is compatible. With BDA drivers it should be at a guess.

Noticed that there's a DVB-T and DVB-S Receiver included. Does anyone know how you'd need to go about receiving DVB-S?. Is a satellite dish required for this?.

ComputerActive magazine normally review Aldi offerings such as this one from Aldi. Guess that this one will receive a good review.
#5
Been watching this one for weeks found the specs for it last week on a german website and they released the full specs on the .co.uk homepage on monday!

I will defo be buying this can anyone recomend a good 19" LCD widescreen monitor with Dvi/hdmi ??

Thanks
#6
I am very tempted by this one and have been keeping an eye out for the price for the past few weeks.

What is everyone's take on this compared to the deals that are currently on Dell for slightly faster processors and also come with a 19" TFT for about £100 more?

I think I need convincing lol.
#7
well for starters this comes with a 3 year warenty!!!
#8
yeah, which I totally agree with as to get the deals on Dell you end up having to remove the warranty options down to collect and return to base (or something like that)...

Thats 3 years piece of mind, which is a good thing. Thanks Rob
#9
My previous PC was a 2Ghz P4 Medion from ALDI, tha motherboard was an OEM made by MSI.

Was a very reliable computer and I never had any problems with it.
#10
Still using a 5 year old Medion that was an Aldi special deal and not had any problems with it and only needed to do a couple of upgrades over the years.

This looks a cracking deal although some people on the Medion Support Forum have been slagging it off as not being powerful enough using the 1.86 Core2 processor.

Looks good enough spec, decent software package including Vista upgrade option and 3 years on-site.

Add a Goodmans 1920*1080 HD TV and you've got a storming base for a home cinema set up if you can afford it ;)
#11
[SIZE=2]Yeah the Free Vista Home Premium upgrade is a big bonus, i was getting it before i knew it came with that and now i know its an even better bargain!!![/SIZE]
#12
I'm just about to download and install Vista on my current PC... see what is like at least.

I mis-read the add for the PC... I read it as it is "ready" for an upgrade, but didnt read anything about a free upgrade... that'll teach me to read things properly!
#13
yeah the add doesnt say it (or at least not that i spotted) but if you go on the multimedia presentation on the aldi site for the pc it says it on there
#14
robpears
Been watching this one for weeks found the specs for it last week on a german website and they released the full specs on the .co.uk homepage on monday!

I will defo be buying this can anyone recomend a good 19" LCD widescreen monitor with Dvi/hdmi ??

Thanks



IIYAMA do one with a 2ms refresh rate for £160

the dogs danglies
#15
On another point... has anyone else used the "Light Scribe" technology before? I didnt even know such thing existed.
#16
davros99
IIYAMA do one with a 2ms refresh rate for £160

the dogs danglies


Cheers mate but have you got a link that I could see?

Also if possible quite a high res wuld be nice
#17
karl.pestell
On another point... has anyone else used the "Light Scribe" technology before? I didnt even know such thing existed.


HOW IT WORKS
THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND LIGHTSCRIBE
The laser inside a CD/DVD disc drive with LightScribe technology focuses light energy onto a thin dye coating on the label side of the disc. Only LightScribe media has this special coating.
The light from the laser causes a chemical change in the dye coating that shows up on the disc. With laser precision, the drive renders the text and images that you created for the label.
There are three different layout modes for burning labels:
[LIST]
[*]Full mode. Although it takes longer, this is the mode to use for a full-disc image.
[/LIST][LIST]
[*]Content mode. Perfect for creating artful borders around the center of the disc.
[/LIST][LIST]
[*]Title mode. Great for a small amount of text or graphics. This is the quickest mode.
[/LIST]LightScribe labels burn in concentric circles, moving outward from the center of the disc. Images with the largest diameters will take longest to burn.
#18
robpears
Cheers mate but have you got a link that I could see?

Also if possible quite a high res wuld be nice

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=4b5p
1 Like #19


Sorry mate its not widescreen and its only 1280 X 1024 nice 2ms response time thou!

any other suggestions welcome
#20
Thanks for the info Rob. I was reading up on them yesterday... just means I would need to buy some new disks lol.
#21
Karl I am in need of some new CDs and new DVDs as I have completely run out of both is there an particular brand you would recommend and where to buy them from? I t would seem you would need some with a blank white face to take full advantage of the lightscribe technology
#22
Rob, I usually stick with the likes of Ebuyer or anywhere like that. The last lot I got were mentioned on here a while back where I got the datawrite titanium which seem to be a fairly good disk.
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]In all honesty, I dont tend to burn too many disks and its rare for any of them to fail unless I am trying new things out which are more than likely my fault.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]As for CD-R, I usually go to Toys R Us who usually have a 100 disk cakebox for £9.99 I think... although that seems very cheap so I may well be wrong.[/SIZE]
#23
robpears
Karl I am in need of some new CDs and new DVDs as I have completely run out of both is there an particular brand you would recommend and where to buy them from? I t would seem you would need some with a blank white face to take full advantage of the lightscribe technology


No - Lightscribe needs lightscribe specific discs. They are more expensive than white faced inkjet printables. I have tried both lightscribe and inkjet printables. Personally, I think lightscribe is a gimic and best ignored - inkjet beats it every time.

I always buy my discs from www.svp.co.uk and because you are on hotukdeals, you will be entitled to a special discount (you need to register - search for the post). I always use the best quality discs which means Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim. Although they cost more - the quality is worth it.
#24
Does anybody know anything about the graphics card.

I have never heard of a 7650gs before.

Is it any good for gaming. Playing something like Company of Hero's
#25
wschofield
Does anybody know anything about the graphics card.

I have never heard of a 7650gs before.

Is it any good for gaming. Playing something like Company of Hero's

It's not very good...the superior 7600GTs are selling for around £82 now that the Nvidia 8 series is on sale..better still a 7900gs at about £120.
Also I cannot understand the excessive praise for this base unit...it has a decent spec but not great...and is there a Vista upgrade thrown in??
Buy if you must but I'd be waiting two months for PCs with Vista installed and if a gamer I'd want a better spec graphics card.
#26
Just done a quick price check using Dabs.[LIST]
[*]Core 2 Duo E6300 (£119.46)
(Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Socket 775 1.86GHz quicklinx:44HBWS)
[*]1GB RAM (£65.76)
(Kingmax 1GB 240-Pin DIM PC2-5400 DDR2 quicklinx:41W9WS)
[*] 320GB HDD (£70.50)
(Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB S300 quicklinx:42QDWS)
[*] EVGA Mainboard (£189.98 )
(EVGA S775 nForce 680i SLI ATX 7.1 Channel Audio Lan quicklinx:4BHYWS)
[*] EVGA 7900GS (£145.70)
(EVGA GeForce 7900GS 256MB DDR3 PCIE Dual DVI 500/1380 quicklinx:4B24WS)[/LIST]Total cost: £598.40 (inc. £7 delivery). Note the motherboard and graphics card are higher-spec than the Medion, and could be pared down to reduce the cost by about £200 (and so add in case, tuner etc.).

So the price of the Medion is quite competetive, but with a self-build you are certain the components are top-notch. The EVGA motherboard is the newest nVidia-based Intel motherboard you can buy (and so far the best) and has a huge number of built-in features. It's also amazing for overclocking. The 7900GT is clocked 50MHz higher than other 7900GTs, so it's a bit quicker without having to overclock.

If this PC has been £100 less I would have bought one. As it is, I can't justify the price, especially if I can't overclock it.
#27
Plus xp media centre
Plus other software
Plus PSU
Plus wireless keyboard and mouse
Plus 3 year warranty
Plus optical drive

Looks OK to me...

Think I might be at Aldi on Sunday!

Cheers,

Calum
#28
Nice find :) Thanks itxweather! Aldi and Medion spec, with the 3 year warranty, looks a good deal to me too ;-)

Welcome to HotUKDeals all new members here by the way!
#30
Went and got one of these this morning - am using it now - seems very good. Also bought one of the HDD2GO boxes that slot in and out of the top. All very impressive for not a lot of cash.

Thanks again,

Calum
#31
grr got mine yesteday and it was DOA

Motherboard was fried
#32
robpears
grr got mine yesteday and it was DOA

Motherboard was fried


Hi, Sorry to hear that you had problems with your machine. Did you have to go through the hassle of ringing Medion on their 0870 number to be given a reference number in order to take this product back to Aldi for a refund?.
The reason why I ask is because I'd gone through a similar situation with one of their Turion64 Notebooks, anyway, after being in a queuing system for about 3/4-hour and finally getting through to someone to speak with I was advised that Medion do not give out reference numbers that Aldi otherwise insist on having for a refund to be processed during the first 28-days of sale as customers should be able to return their purchase back to Aldi for a refund under their statutory rights. Shame the store did not know this and I had to stress to them that this is what I was told by the store where I'd originally bought from.

Think that lots of people think that products of this nature are covered under the Aldi no-quibble warranty. They're not. There's a sticker on the side of the box that confirms this and managers are now telling customers that they are not allowed to refund without a reference number from Medion.

Confusing (and contradicting bearing in mind that Medion are advising exactly the opposite).
Kind Regards.
#33
calum_h
Went and got one of these this morning - am using it now - seems very good. Also bought one of the HDD2GO boxes that slot in and out of the top. All very impressive for not a lot of cash.

Thanks again,

Calum


Hi, Any idea's how customers need to go about getting DVB-S up and running?. Understand that this has a three-tuner receiver supplied as standard as opposed to analogue and DVB-T?. Do you need to buy a Satellite Dish (guess that this is required), if so can you recommend where to get one of these from?. Is the software for the three-tuner receiver any good?.

Not sure if this is a good buy or not :(.

Thank you.
Kind Regards.
#34
dcx_badass
Well i've had a Medion 8080, 8383 and atm i have 2 8800's, All work fine and if Medion mess about with the warrantee aldi will take it back in the first 12months. Anyways They all have Custom MSI motherboards. If you get the password to the advanced bios then you can overclock it.


The local stores that my gf and I have been to do not refund on Medion Notebook PCs and Desktop PCs without a reference number from Medion. By all accounts they are not allowed to refund without a reference number. Furthermore these products are not covered under Aldi's normal no-quibble money back guarantee (there's a sticker on the boxes that say's this and managers have been told that they are not allowed to process refunds without reference numbers from Medion).

Having had problems with a Medion Notebook PC within 28-days of purchase I was told exactly the opposite by Medion themselves however (after being on the phone in excess of 3/4-hour on their 0870 number).

Confusing :(.
#35
itxweather
Does anyone know how you'd need to go about receiving DVB-S?. Is a satellite dish required for this?.


You need:

1) Wall mount, sat cable and wall clips. Maybe £20
2) a satellite dish, which can be had at £30 to £50 for 60cm to 110cm.
3) To really get the benefit, you should get one with a motor, £35 (get a Moteck 2100a). However, this gets fiddly with a DVB-S card, many of them can't drive a motor.
4) Alternatively, get a multibracket with multiple LNBs, so you can pick up 3 or 4 satellites on one dish. This is easier to get setup in software. A company called satellitesuperstore does the latter, with 4 LNBs, 90cm dish, bracket and switch for £120.


Personally I'm quite keen on my motorised setup, cos I can get football from all over the place - eg the Man Utd Wednesday game was on Swiss TV (and in much higher quality than ITV or Sky normally broadcast in). Also, it's great if you can speak French, Spanish or German. Alternatively, just browse through your 3000 TV channels...... (Azerbaijani state TV is unwittingly hilarious when drunk at 4am!)
#36
arfster
You need:

1) Wall mount, sat cable and wall clips. Maybe £20
2) a satellite dish, which can be had at £30 to £50 for 60cm to 110cm.
3) To really get the benefit, you should get one with a motor, £35 (get a Moteck 2100a). However, this gets fiddly with a DVB-S card, many of them can't drive a motor.
4) Alternatively, get a multibracket with multiple LNBs, so you can pick up 3 or 4 satellites on one dish. This is easier to get setup in software. A company called satellitesuperstore does the latter, with 4 LNBs, 90cm dish, bracket and switch for £120.


Personally I'm quite keen on my motorised setup, cos I can get football from all over the place - eg the Man Utd Wednesday game was on Swiss TV (and in much higher quality than ITV or Sky normally broadcast in). Also, it's great if you can speak French, Spanish or German. Alternatively, just browse through your 3000 TV channels...... (Azerbaijani state TV is unwittingly hilarious when drunk at 4am!)

Hi Arfster, Thank you for your reply. Much appreciated. I think that Lidl have had reasonable offers on DVB-S kit quite recently however to be honest I'd not known what was worth buying and what was not. Are there any particular companies that you can recommend that'd be able to sell all that's required in order to get a reasonable DVB-S set-up in place?.

Do you consider the Medion MD 8818 a good buy for putting together a GB-PVR PC using both the DVB-S and DVB-T receivers?. Wonder if the three-in-one receiver card is compatible with GB-PVR come to think of it. Guess that Medion have supplied BDA drivers so guess that editing the bda.ini would be required if the card is not supported off the shelf so to speak.

Really don't know whether or not the Medion MD 8818 is a good buy comparing the machine to others that are on the market and with component prices for building your own GB-PVR PC. Guess that it's competitively priced if you don't want to build your own PC or consider the on-site warranty to be very important. Paying for carriage for return to base warranties can be very expensive admittedly.

What channels can you pick up on a non-motorized and motorized DVB-S receiver and is it what you'd consider to be a worthwhile investment (the Medion MD 8818 and DVB-S Receiver hardware in general)?.

Is the URL for the satellitesuperstore http://www.satellitesuperstore.com/ or is this another company?. Guess that it's the right one.

Do you know of any newbie guides to DVB-S?. Whilst I'm not a big fan of eBay are there good buys to be found on there where DVB-S hardware is concerned?.

Thank you :)
#37
Kinda hard questions, because you tend not to know what you want with DVB-S until you've used it a bit.

For prices, satellitesuperstore (your link is correct) offers a pretty good bundle of kit. Triax dishes are cheap and good quality, and if you do go the multi-LNB route it's a good idea to get all the kit from one place for compatibility reasons:

http://www.satellitesuperstore.com/fixed-dishes.htm
(scroll down to "Triax TD88 90cm dish with
Triax 20 degree Multi LNB kit.")

This will tend to work well with just about any DVB-S card, and enable you to get the main British constellations of Astra28.2E, Astra19.2E, Hotbird 13.2E as well as possibly one other. I'm a bit dubious you could get a fourth one properly tuned, but you never know. See here for channels:

http://www.lyngsat.com/europe.html

Note most are encrypted, but there's plenty free stuff available. Also see kingofsat.net.

The motorised route depends on the Medion's card being able to power a motor. If it can, there are several ebay sellers doing useful kits. For just under £100 you should be able to get one with a wall mount, a 80 or 90cm dish, LNB, 2100a motor, cable and all the little accessories (waterproofing rubber thingies, cable connectors etc). I got one of these kits with a Triax TD88 dish, and it works really well.

However, for most purposes you can get all the channels you need on the three biggies above (Hotbird, Astra19, Astra28), so a treble LNB route rather than a motor may be the best setup.
#38
arfster
Kinda hard questions, because you tend not to know what you want with DVB-S until you've used it a bit.

For prices, satellitesuperstore (your link is correct) offers a pretty good bundle of kit. Triax dishes are cheap and good quality, and if you do go the multi-LNB route it's a good idea to get all the kit from one place for compatibility reasons:

http://www.satellitesuperstore.com/fixed-dishes.htm
(scroll down to "Triax TD88 90cm dish with
Triax 20 degree Multi LNB kit.")

This will tend to work well with just about any DVB-S card, and enable you to get the main British constellations of Astra28.2E, Astra19.2E, Hotbird 13.2E as well as possibly one other. I'm a bit dubious you could get a fourth one properly tuned, but you never know. See here for channels:

http://www.lyngsat.com/europe.html

Note most are encrypted, but there's plenty free stuff available. Also see kingofsat.net.

The motorised route depends on the Medion's card being able to power a motor. If it can, there are several ebay sellers doing useful kits. For just under £100 you should be able to get one with a wall mount, a 80 or 90cm dish, LNB, 2100a motor, cable and all the little accessories (waterproofing rubber thingies, cable connectors etc). I got one of these kits with a Triax TD88 dish, and it works really well.

However, for most purposes you can get all the channels you need on the three biggies above (Hotbird, Astra19, Astra28), so a treble LNB route rather than a motor may be the best setup.


Hi, Thank you for your reply. This sounds like a whole new hobby in itself. Not really into sports as such but enjoy action films, comedy, Pimp My Ride, Fort Boyard to name a few, are similar programs available on DVB-S?. Would you consider buying a Medion MD 8818 for a dedicated DVB-T and DVB-S PVR (using something like GB-PVR) or would you say that buying a dedicated DVB-S Receiver is a better option?. Lidl have had a DVB-S 250Gb Hard Disk Drive PVR in-store quite recently (might be in-store right now). Wonder what that kit is like. Never seen anyone buying them though.
#39
Hehe, it certainly is.

As a PVR, you can use a PC with a sat card, but beware that MCE and DVB-S don't really work well together - unfortunately Microsoft is a US company, and thus ignores (European) DVB-s. As a result, MCE drivers don't work at all with motors, and afaik with any form of diseqc switching, which you need if you have multiple LNBs on a single dish.

A major problem with a satellite PVR is that DVB-S channels don't broadcast EPG beyond what's on next. This is where Sky really trumps - you have days ahead to program what to record. Of course, your DVB-T tuner is a bit better, as you have 7 days or thereabouts.

As to the Medion specifically, I'd only bother if the hardware is worth it. A good DVB-S card like the Skystar2 PCI is only £30, and is compatible with every sat software out there. DVB-T USB sticks are even cheaper. In ahrdware terms, PVR/HTPC duties are very easy - you only need a fast graphics card and processor if you intend to watch h.264 stuff like BBC HD. If not, a £40 Athlon and a £30 Nvidia card would work just as well.
#40
Just a quick addition to say I tried out GBPVR, and am really quite impressed with it. Using xmltv you can get 7 days EPG, from multiple countries if you set it up properly. Combine this with a 4-LNB dish setup (eg the £120 package from satellitesuperstore) and you can get a bucketload of channels, with full PVR setup. It also appears to handle multiple tuners, and a DVBT tuner is quite helpful because a few freeview channels are encrypted on sat (chan4/5, more4, e4, five life, abc1), and you can thus record and play at the same time.

Only problem is GBPVR won't handle motors, but a quad LNB setup gets you almost all the channels out there (28,23.5,19,13 degrees setup), and it can handle switching between them with diseqc. More importantly, the writer has said he's going to implement MDAPI plugin support - mainly this is useful for vplug, but also all sorts of other customisations.

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