Budget supermarket chain Aldi has partnered with German manufacturer Medion to launch a £490 great looking media tower PC aptly named the Akoya P4340 D.
The desktop PC is built using an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, the E7400, that is clocked at 2.8GHz and comes with 3MB L2 cache. A Quad Core CPU might have been preferred but it seems that Medion had to cut corners somewhere.
It also features 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 1TB hard disk drive, built in 802.11n Wireless connectivity, a Nvidia Geforce GT140 graphics card with 512MB memory and a HDMI interface, a DVD writer (no Blu-ray here) and 8-channel HD audio.
Amongst the accessories bundled in, you will get a Wireless keyboard, a rechargeable optical wireless USB mouse, 8 USB ports, 2 Firewire ports and a media card reader.
There's also the Medion's Data port 2 which is essentially an eSATA dock located at the top of the PC which allows you to connect external HDD easily. Aldi will also be selling a 1TB external hard disk drive for £80.
The P4340D comes with Windows Vista Home edition (32 and 64 bit versions), Corel Draw Essentials 3, Nero Essentials, Microsoft Works 9 and a host of other Trial applications.
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It is very difficult to recommend the Akoya P4340D as it stands. This Dell Studio Mini may have less memory and half the hard disk space but comes with a Quad Core CPU, costs less and has a 21.5-inch LCD display. And Ebuyer has a cracking deal with a GTS250 CPU, a Quad Core Processor and Windows Vista Ultimate Premium for an additional £10.