Medion has been delivering value notebooks for the longest time and it is no surprise that their new 15.6-inch notebook packs a lot of features for $899. If you are in the market for something portable, then go to your nearest Aldi store next week.
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Medion still maintains the brushed aluminium finish on the lid and the matte interior for the MD98390, which gives it a sophisticated look. The keyboard is well-spaced and has a dedicated number pad, making it easy for users to do their accounting or expenses while on the go. The touchpad is placed a bit off centre and offers multi-touch functions such as pinch to zoom and two finger scrolling.
Users who are used to connecting a lot of devices via USB will not be disappointed – the notebook has three USB 2.0 ports. Early adopters who already have a USB 3.0 device are also catered for as Medion also included a USB 3.0 port for fast data transfer.
We connected a WD My Passport Essential with USB 3.0 to the MD98390 and found that it was able to transfer a 2.16GB folder to the Desktop in 70 seconds (averaging about 35MB/s) compared to about 115 seconds on USB 2.0 (about 20MB/s).
Users can find the MMC/SC/MS/MS Pro card reader, microphone and earphone jacks, and DVD drive with burner on the right side of the notebook. It also has a web camera and built-in microphone that can be used for video chat programs such as Skype.
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The 15.6-inch LED backlit screen has a native resolution of 1366×768 and doesn’t sport a glossy finish. Those who want to do their work on a bigger screen can hook it up to a secondary monitor or large screen TV using the VGA or HDMI port. Movies played on the unit were good when watched up front but quality suffered when looking at it from an angle. We also saw a couple of instances when fast moving sequences suffered from tearing.
The Intel Core i3 M370 processor running at 2.40Ghz and 4GB of RAM allowed us to run multiple programs at once without experiencing slowdowns. The notebook also came with a 640GB drive that allowed us to store a lot of movies, photos, pictures, and even documents.
The unit is pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) and comes with programs such as Bullguard (Trial), CorelDraw Essentials 4,Cyberlink Media Suite, Ashampoo (Burning Studio, Photo Commander and Snap), as well as Microsoft Office 2010 that offers Word and Excel for free, but includes advertising.
The Nvidia GeforceGT 425M (1GB) video card comes with Optimus Technology that claims to automatically ‘figure out how to best optimize your notebook computing experience’. In a nutshell, Optimus Technology is able to extend the battery life of a notebook when a user is surfing the Internet or sending e-mails and automatically switches to performance mode when watching HD movies or playing games.
While the MD98390 is able to play older games, it is important to note that newer games are no-go. The notebook gathered a score of 7115 in our 3DMark06 test.
The unit lasted for 2 hours and 40 minutes during our DVD playback test, with the speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio being able to produce clear mids and punchy bass. This means that users will be able to do a lot of things before having to plug the device to an outlet.
Overall, the Medion MD98390 comes with a lot of new features that make it worth the money. It will be available next Thursday for $899.