Amazon sells the Medion Akoya E1006D desktop PC for a mere £190 including delivery, that’s a £140 discount off its suggested retail price and a fair price to pay for a decent underpowered but capable device.
The E1006D is powered by the AMD Brazos E450 APU clocked at 1.65GHz with a Radeon HD 6320 GPU).
There’s also 4GB of memory by its side and the rest of the specification consists of a 1TB hard drive, a card reader, eight USB ports, a DVD writer, a 6-channel audio output, HDMI and VGA ports as well an Ethernet one.
Other notable features include Windows 7 Home Premium, a keyboard, mouse, Cyberlink Power2Go, Microsoft Office 2010 Limited Editon and a mid-sized tower casing with loads of expansion capabilities.
The Medion brand is owned by Chinese giant Lenovo which is using its buying clout to bring down the bill of material.
We’d suggest that you buy additional memory modules since the onboard graphics card uses a small but significant portion of the system memory.
As for the future of the desktop form factor, we suspect that these big, power hungry boxes will become niche by the end of this decade.