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£300 Medion Akoya PC8585 PC: Core i5, 6GB RAM, 1GB HDD, Windows 8

Amazon is, for a limited time only, selling the Medion Akoya PC8585 for £300, a 25 per cent discount off its regular SRP of £400. This is some cracking price for a computer sold by a tier-1 brand.

German-based Medion has been purchased a while back by the world’s biggest computer manufacturer, Lenovo, but has been left to operate independently.

The PC8585 seems to make the most of the buying power of the Lenovo group by delivering a very solid proposition for the money. There’s an Intel Core i5 3330 processor which is clocked at 3GHz with 6MB cache and turbo boosting capabilities. It is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and comes with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 video unit.

Other features include 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard disk drive, a card reader, two front-facing USB ports, four USB 2.0 at the back, a VGA port, an Ethernet port (plus a built in Wi-Fi adaptor), Windows 8, Cyberlink PoweDVD, a keyboard and a mouse.

We’re properly flabbergasted by the quality of the hardware delivered at this price point. There’s simply no cheaper/better computer available for under £300, especially when you factor in the cost of the operating system.