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Medion Akoya S5610 review: Medion Akoya S5610

The Good Full sized keyboard; good performance; uses latest Centrino 2 technology.

The Bad Average battery life; dull design.

The Bottom Line It may not be the best-looking laptop around or have the longest battery life, but its use of the latest Centrino 2 technology, good performance and low asking price makes the Akoya S5610 a good budget choice

7.5 Overall

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We've already had a sneak peek at Intel's new Centrino 2 technology in our Acer Aspire 2930 preview, but now we can finally see how it really performs thanks to this new laptop from Medion. The Medion Akoya S5610 is available for £600 in-store at Sainsbury's or direct from Medion.

The Akoya S5610 is a relatively slimline machine, but it manages to pack in both a large 15.4-inch widescreen display and a full-sized keyboard complete with a numerical keypad. The most exciting thing about it, however, is that it's one of the first laptops we've seen to use Intel's new Centrino 2 technology.

Intel claims Centrino 2 offers better wireless support, longer battery life and faster performance. On the performance front this laptop certainly doesn't disappoint. It's powered by a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo P7350 processor, which is helped along by a relatively generous 3GB of RAM. This combination managed to propel it to a very respectable score -- especially considering the low price -- of 4,719 in our PC Mark 05 test. The result means you should have no problems running multiple applications at the same time and certainly during our test period, the machine felt fast and very responsive.

The S5610 also uses the new Intel WiFi Link 5100 chipset, which supports wireless n technology for longer range and faster link speeds. Used with our Belkin wireless n router it certainly had no problem hanging on to a wireless connection, even in areas around our test site where other laptops struggle for reception.

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