Cheap-as-chips supermarket Aldi will sell a rather great looking laptop as from this Thursday with some top-end features which you would not normally find in a sub £600 laptop.
The Medion Akoya P6612 has an unconventional 16-inch monitor capable of displaying 1366x768 pixels (that's a 16:9 screen ratio) powered by a Nvidia Geforce 9600M GS graphics module - backed by 256MB GDDR3 memory.
Other features include a 2GHz Intel C2D P7350 CPU, a huge 4GB memory, 320GB hard disk drive, a black glossy exterior (which is not unlike what you would get with the likes of Samsung or Sony).
Shame there's no Bluray player/write but you still get a DVD writer, a HDMI port, an Express Card DVB-T Freeview Tuner with a remote control, an eSATA connector, Wireless-N compatibility, webcam, microphone, a biometric fingerprint reader.
Aldi also throws in a carry bag, a USB optical scroll mouse, Windows Vista Home Premium and three years warranty; all the lot available for only £579.99 across UK and Ireland.
So how does it compare to a laptop from say PC World. The Acer Aspire 5920G for example comes with a slightly different T5750 CPU, a smaller screen and hard disk drive but comes with a blu-ray combo drive. All for £530 delivered although it comes with one year rather than 3 year warranty.