another £199 medion refurb notebook
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another £199 medion refurb notebook

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Found 30th Oct 2006
* Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home SP2(OEM version)
* VIA® C7-M 754 1.50GHz
* 15" TFT XGA colour display (1024x768)
* 256MB DDR-RAM memory
* 40GB hard disk drive
* External USB multi-format DVD writer/re-writer
* Unichrome® graphics, integrated in VIA PN800 up to 64MB shared memory
* High definition audio with 16-bit sound chip & 2 integrated stereo speakers
* V.90 56K modem
* Li-Ion battery

Connections

* 4 x USB 2.0
* 1 x VGA out
* 1 x Ethernet LAN
* 1 x Modem cable port
* 1 x Microphone jack
* 1 x Headphones jack
* 1 x Lock port(Kensington)

Software Included

* Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home SP2 (OEM version)
* Nero Burning ROM (OEM version)
* Nero Recode SE (OEM version)
* Medion Power Cinema (OEM version)

Warranty

90 Days

checked up on this cpu seems to have a very small l2 cache,but again not bad for 199

25 Comments

so many budget laptops! i just can't make a choice

Editor

Great price! Thanks betelgeus

Yeah if only this had a PCMCIA slot I would have had one for my Parents. It would be fine for email, web and word processing, but as its not wireless and only has USB I always feel that a USB WiFi dongle is a bit vunerable - easy to damage the USB port.

Still if this is the trend with laptops, then hopefully I can get a basis lappy for under £300 in the near future

elitom

Yeah if only this had a PCMCIA slot I would have had one for my Parents. … Yeah if only this had a PCMCIA slot I would have had one for my Parents. It would be fine for email, web and word processing, but as its not wireless and only has USB I always feel that a USB WiFi dongle is a bit vunerable - easy to damage the USB port.Still if this is the trend with laptops, then hopefully I can get a basis lappy for under £300 in the near future



looks well worth money to me!!what do you want for £205 quid:)

one with a PCMCIA slot :giggle: ;-)

Good laptop for the price, Not seen one this cheap

Could this be the start of the laptop mega price war drop like plasma's :-D

splitbus1965

looks well worth money to me!!what do you want for £205 quid:)



Agreed, but the VIA processor / chipset is still unproven really. Medion seem to be the only laptop brand to be using it, but it does get half decent reviews as a lowend budget processor.

But in this day and age - no WiFi - and a USB dongle is the most fragile / unreliable way to go WiFi IMHO....

ijwia

one with a PCMCIA slot :giggle: ;-)



:thumbsup:

Are these on board Via chips really old AMD ones? ie the ones too slow for AMD to bother with?

Still well worth the money, increase tenfold by adding a stick of 256 mb memory costing agout a tener on ebay.

elitom

Agreed, but the VIA processor / chipset is still unproven really. Medion … Agreed, but the VIA processor / chipset is still unproven really. Medion seem to be the only laptop brand to be using it, but it does get half decent reviews as a lowend budget processor.But in this day and age - no WiFi - and a USB dongle is the most fragile / unreliable way to go WiFi IMHO....

In my experience a USB WiFi dongle isn't a bad option, certainly no worse for the USB port than a pen drive.

Bargain hunters may wish to pay an extra tenner for a USB WiFi dongle than pay more for a laptop with a PCMCIA slot (which is becoming obsolete now) or built-in WiFi.

Original Poster

looking around it seems the cpu is designed for low power consumption and is comparable to a celeron m 1.4ghz.looking at other models battery life is 5-6 hours very impressive.

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Did anyone buy one of the other recent refurbished deals? I'm trying to get an idea of how refurbed/secondhand they are.

Hi, Wouldn't agree that the VIA processor / chipset is unproven. Many, low-power consumption / silent Mini-ITX PCs use these for running Windows XP and Linux distros without any problems. They're not designed for power users or for gaming though admittedly.

HTH.

What annoys me about the missing PCMCIA slots is that usb dongles etc stick out and are fragile... no laptops have enclosed usb ports yet do they?

If this is almost the same model as the one I got last week, it accepts a mini pci card, which can be had on ebay quite easily.

davidflett

If this is almost the same model as the one I got last week, it accepts a … If this is almost the same model as the one I got last week, it accepts a mini pci card, which can be had on ebay quite easily.



Hi, Not sure if they still stock these but eBuyer used to sell Mini-PCI 802.11g WLAN Adapters as well.

Edited 3:35pm 31/10/06.

eBuyer are selling Mini-PCI 802.11g Adapters on their web-site.
The URL is as follows:

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HTH.

If any one is interested in this notebook, it is probably the same machine as sold in Woolworths (model MAM 2080 or MIM 2080) (the spec is the same) with an RRP of £400 (April 2006), though I believe it was sold for less. The MAM 2080 is listed as being 2.4 KG and have 329mm x 277mm x 34mm dimensions.

You can get a new one from Medion for £299, so it depends how much you put on having 12 month warrenty.

davidflett

If this is almost the same model as the one I got last week, it accepts a … If this is almost the same model as the one I got last week, it accepts a mini pci card, which can be had on ebay quite easily.



What sort of condition was your laptop in? I'm thinking of getting one, but just want to know, if it's a well used refurb or an almost new looking unit.

wordsworth

If any one is interested in this notebook, it is probably the same … If any one is interested in this notebook, it is probably the same machine as sold in Woolworths (model MAM 2080 or MIM 2080) (the spec is the same) with an RRP of £400 (April 2006), though I believe it was sold for less. The MAM 2080 is listed as being 2.4 KG and have 329mm x 277mm x 34mm dimensions.You can get a new one from Medion for £299, so it depends how much you put on having 12 month warrenty.



OK folks for those who are interested, if you put the Medion Model Number into their support website it leads to the manual for the MIM 2080

Now this manual also talks about optional wifi, so I am 99% sure it takes a mini pci card - about £15 on ebay.

Also on eBay is the exact same model fitted with wifi....

So do I take the punt for my Parents, I gess I can sell it for nearly £200 on eBay if they turn their nose up......:roll:

EliTom

PS 256mb RAM on eBay and it mentions this model in the auction - £12 delivered !!!!:)

davidflett

If this is almost the same model as the one I got last week, it accepts a … If this is almost the same model as the one I got last week, it accepts a mini pci card, which can be had on ebay quite easily.



Dave is yours the MIM 2080

Whats your view on thsi laptop?

my laptop has just come,wasnt expecting an external dvd burner

here are some photos
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y197/splitbus1965/PICT0056-1.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y197/splitbus1965/PICT0055.jpg

This one was actually a better deal than mine because of the dvd burner I think. Doh! As far as I can tell, the processor is the only difference and the rest of the system the same.

Mine arrived with a dodgy battery, currently waiting for a courier to do a 1for1 swap on it. I bought a PM 1.6 chip off ebay for £20 which worked fine after a bios update. It will accept a mini-pci card (which I will be buying soon before I break this USB one I have just now) and I really need to buy some more RAM.

Got this laptop recently. Would it accept any branded mini pci card? what RAM would suit this? i'm a novice in computers you see.

raven

Got this laptop recently. Would it accept any branded mini pci card? what … Got this laptop recently. Would it accept any branded mini pci card? what RAM would suit this? i'm a novice in computers you see.


Hi Raven, You might need to check the manual (if there is one) to confirm that this particular machine accepts a Mini PCI WLAN Card. If there is the provision for one to be added a generic/OEM Mini PCI WLAN Card (not brand specific) should fit. eBuyer are one of the cheapest sources for these as far as i'm aware. As for RAM I cannot recommend Crucual.com/uk highly enough.

Some info on the Mini PCI format gleamed from wirelessnetworkingacademy.com:

Mini-PCI
A Mini-PCI card is a small version of a standard desktop PCI card. It has all the same features and functionality of a normal PCI card, but is about one quarter the size. Mini-PCI cards are integrated within laptops as an option to buyers, with antennas that are often integrated out of view within the monitor's case or even up next to the LCD screen. A strong advantage of this form of radio NIC is that it frees up the PC Card slot for other devices. In addition, manufacturers can provide Mini-PCI based wireless connectivity at lower costs.
The Mini-PCI card is not without disadvantages, however. If you want to replace a Mini-PCI card yourself, you may have to disassemble most of the laptop. The problem is that this could void the manufacturer's warranty. Mini-PCI cards may also lead to lower performance, because they require the computer to do some, if not all of the processing. Despite these drawbacks, the Mini-PCI card has revolutionized the wireless laptop world.

As for fitting a Mini-PCI card what you'll need to do is remove the cover on the underside of your machine (normally requring removal of 2-3 screws). The Mini-PCI card should pop in place similarly to fitting DDR RAM. There are two antenna connectors (marked 'Aux' and 'Main' in the attached pic that need to be attached (the flying leads with appropriate connector should already be fitted if there's a Mini-PCI card slot for a WLAN Adapter).

http://www.netgate.com/images/CM9.gif

HTH.

Thanks MacNewbie. That helped.
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