Video review: £600 Aldi Medion Akoya MD 96640 multimedia notebook

Aldi's £600 320GB multimedia notebook goes on sale at stores across the UK on Thursday 8 May. Find out whether you should get in line to bag one in John-Paul Kamath's video review.

Supermarkets aren't the usual place you'd go to pick up a PC, but if you're in the market for a multimedia laptop, Aldi is hoping you'll head to its UK stores this Thursday to grab a  Medion Akoya MD 96640 multimedia notebook alongside your groceries. The notebook goes on sale on 8 May as one of the retail chain's 'Thursday Special Offers', priced at £599.99.

The MD 96640 is billed as a multimedia notebook, and its specification also suggests it's intended for use as an entertainment laptop, rather than a business machine: it has a TV tuner, widescreen display, and HDMI and surround sound output, and Windows Media Center - but other than Microsoft Works and a student/home user trial version of Office, there's no productivity software included. However, the large 320GB hard drive, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, integrated Bluetooth v2.0, wireless connection, and fingerprint security device may make it suitable for some SMEs and home-workers looking for a desktop alternative for small spaces.

Students who need something that can be taken to and from university either end of term, and those making only the occasional business trip, should also find the machine portable enough for these purposes, although if you're after a truly portable notebook that will allow you to work on the move, wherever you are, then this particular offer is unlikely to provide the best model for you, as John-Paul Kamath explains in this video review.

Further information

Basics: Intel Core 2 Duo, 320GB hard drive, 3GB RAM, 15.4" TFT WXGA widescreen display, integrated VGA webcam with microphone, 8× DVD/CD Writer, fingerprint security.

Connectivity: integrated Bluetooth v2.0, wireless LAN (802.11 n-Draft), eSATA port.

Multimedia: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G, DVB-T TV Tuner, HDMI-out, 6 channel surround audio out (analogue + S/P-DIF).

Availability: The notebook goes on sale in Aldi stores across the UK on Thursday 8 May, but as stock normally goes quickly, you may need to get in line early to queue at your local store if you want to bag one. Check out the Aldi website for store locations and opening hours, and the full specifications for the Aldi Medion Akoya MD 96640 multimedia notebook.

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