$999 Quad Core Beast Sold By Aldi
By Mendelson Tiu | Friday | 08/08/2008
Aldi is probably the last place you will go to if you are looking for a new workstation. Which is fair enough I suppose, as a lot of users only visit this supermarket to do their groceries. But Aldi's latest offering, the Akoya MD8390 from Medion, is by far one of the best desktop PCs you can find for its price.
For $999, you get a well-specced PC with an abundance of connectivity ports that is ready for just about any home or office task. Although one may argue that a similar box with the same specifications can be built at a cheaper price, you would have to resort to purchasing the parts separately and building it yourself. And for some people, that is just not going to happen.
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This box comes with an Intel Core 2 Quad processor, 2GB of RAM, an Nvidia graphics card, a 500GB drive, and comes with just about any computer port you can think of.
Pressing the Connect.XL button up front reveals two USB ports, a headphone and microphone jack, Firewire, and three slots for all current flash memory cards (SD/MMC/MS, CF, SM/XD). The back of the unit hosts PS/2 ports for the mouse and keyboard, six USB ports, Firewire, Ethernet port, Line-in, Front line-out, back surround line-out, side surround line-out, centre/subwoofer line-out, S/PDIF out COAX and Optical, as well as an HDMI, DVI-I, and S-Video out. Medion has even included a wireless mouse and keyboard to the mix, allowing users to type freely.
Located on top of the case is an HDD bay designed for Medion's HDDrive 2 Go Ultraspeed hard drive, which, as we said in one of our reviews before, could have been better if they just switched it with a generic port to use with other 'portable' hard drives.
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The MD8390 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor running at 2.4Ghz, has 2GB of RAM, and uses Nvidia's Geforce 8600 GS graphics card (256MB). It runs on Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 pre-installed, saving users hundreds of megabytes on Vista downloads and updates.
Medion has also pre-installed a Bullguard Internet Security Package (with 90-day update), Google desktop, Microsoft Office 2007 (60-day trial), Microsoft Works, Nero 8 Essentials (BackItUp 3, Burning ROM, ControlCenter, CoverDesigner, Express, MediaHome, Recode, ShowTime, StartSmart, Vision, and WaveEditor), and Ulead PhotoImpact12 on the MD8390.
The MD8390 comes with an HDMI-out port that allows a user to connect the PC to any HD LCD or plasma screen and can display images to a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080. A DVI-I port is also available, should the monitor does not have any available HDMI port.
A multi-format DVD/CD burner is also included, just in case users would want to burn files or backup data.
The Intel Core 2 Quad processor found in the new Medion MD8390 workstation deliver a lot of processing grunt and use a lot less power. And with an RRP of $999, this is an unbelievable value for money. The MD8390 will hit Aldi stores on the 14th of August and comes with a two year warranty and a 60-day money back guarantee.
See page over for full product specifications and final rating.
Medion Akoya MD8390 Product Specifications:
- Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q6600: 2.40 GHz, 8 MB L2 CACHE, 1066 MHz FSB
- NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GS: 256 MB DDR2 SDRAM, DirectX 10 and HDCP support
- 500GB hard drive
- 2048 MB DDR2 SDRAM with 667 MHz at 64 Bit, Dual Channel Memory
- Multiformat DVD/CD burner
- Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11n draft
- Network controller Ethernet LAN 10/100 Mbit/s on board
- 8 Channel High Definition Audio
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Firewire
- 1 x Microphone
- 1 x Headphone
- Integrated USB 2.0 Flash memory card reader, reads and writes most flash memory cards
- 2 x PS/2
- 6 x USB 2.0
- 1 x COM port
- 1 x Firewire
- 1 x LAN (RJ45)
- 1 x Line-in
- 1 x Front line-out
- 1 x Back surround line-out
- 1 x Side surround line-out
- 1 x Centre/subwoofer line-out
- 1 x S/PDIF out COAX
- 1 x S/PDIF out Optical
Video / TV connections:
- 1 x DVI-I (incl. adaptor for D-Sub)
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x TV out
Software package include:
- Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1
- Nero 8
- Microsoft Works 9
- Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition Trial (60 day test version)
- BullGuard Internet Security Package
- Wireless keyboard
- Wireless Mouse
Medion Akoya MD8390 | $999 | | www.aldi.com.au
For: Quad core processor; Noteworthy specs; Abundance of ports; HDMI out; Value for money
Against: Better if Medion added more RAM to make the unit run faster
Conclusion: A workstation well-worth your money
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