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Aldi To Sell £580 Medion Laptop With 4GB RAM and HDMI Port

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.