Medion Akoya P8610: 18.4″ Media Center Notebook PC

Medion Akoya P8610 Specifications

Display: 18.4″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1680 x 945
Webcam: 1.3MP
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS with 512MB
CPU: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 320GB
Optical: Blu-ray
Connectivity: USB (3), eSATA/USB, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, WiFi (802.11b/g/n)
Other: ATSC Tuner
OS: Windows Vista (32-bit installed, 64-bit supplied)
Price: £800

Medion Akoya P8610: 18.4

Medion‘s Akoya P8160 is a very large 18.4″ notebook PC. The LCD has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and sports a pixel format of 1680 x 945. Strange. Graphics is powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce 9600M GS with 512MB. The P8160 also has a 1.3MP webcam. The 1680 x 945 pixel format is indeed strange. To get to a 16:9 aspect ratio the LCD manufacturers must have cut down the vertical pixels. I don’t like less pixels. But you do get some benefits. There are two. One is that when you’re watching scaled-up 720p HD content, you won’t see any bars. But, any HD content that is scaled up or down will mean you lose quality. 1680 x anything is terrible for watching HD content since every type needs to be either scaled up or down. Not good. Second, you get bigger fonts right off the bat. Some like small fonts and some like big fonts. The P8160 is for those who like big fonts. What Medion should have done after the jump.

Media center notebook PC. I should have put a question mark at the end. Why? Well, I don’t consider a huge 18.4″ notebook PC that can only display 720p HD content as “media center” caliber. There are smaller 17″ notebook PCs that can gobble up 1080p HD content and then ask for more. The GPU is certainly powerful enough for media tasks but the LCD has to go. Replace it with a 18.4″ LCD sporting a 1920 x 1080 pixel format and Medion would be right on the money with a media center notebook PC.

Source: Tech Digest via Engadget

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