Medion Akoya P36888 Multimedia Center PC with Blu-ray - Medion Akoya P36888

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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At 410 x 370 x 180mm (WxDxH), the P36888 is one of the smallest tower cases I've seen recently, even more unexpected considering the impressive specifications. Also surprising is the ventilation, since aside from the PSU there is only one fan grille in the entire chassis. It's very solid too, with a matte black steel main chassis and piano black glossy plastic front.

This little machine's front is kept very clean, thanks to the LG Blu-ray drive (which, for those of you that care, can also handle HD-DVD) being hidden behind a custom door that sits flush with its surround. The only disadvantage here is that the open/eject button requires a lot of pressure before it will operate.

There is also a plethora of connections hidden away behind a panel at the P36888's front. This panel slides down at the press of a button, which is an impressive effect, and reveals a free 3.5in bay in addition to a media hub. Here you'll find a memory card reader supporting everything from CF to xD, two USB ports, mini and standard FireWire ports, 3.5mm audio jacks and more unusually, video ports including composite and S-Video. The only thing that's missing both here and at the machine's back is e-SATA, which considering its claims of being a full multimedia centre is regrettable. The last point of note about the front is the triangular power button, which emits a soft blue glow when the PC is turned on.

Moving around to the back, it's pretty sparse. A further four USB ports join another FireWire port and Gigabit Ethernet, below which you'll find analogue connectivity for 7.1-channel surround sound. Unfortunately, there is no sign of any digital sound outputs, a baffling omission on a Blu-ray equipped system and an unfortunate choice for cost-cutting. Below this we have DVI and VGA ports, and the proprietary breakout connector common to most NVidia cards. Last of all is a single antenna port from the aforementioned DVB-T tuner card.

Opening the case up is really easy, though you'll need a screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the side panel. Inside, layout is quite tidy, and though cable management is rudimentary at best, this is not the kind of high-end rig where you'd expect much attention to be lavished on these kinds of details.

Nor is the Medion Akoya P36888 particularly upgrade-friendly: there is only one free PCI slot and one mini PCIe. Both RAM slots are filled, though 3GB should be plenty to be getting on with. The hard drive is mounted vertically and there are no free HDD bays, though again it'll take a while to fill up the 1,000GBs' worth. Besides, you can always stick another one in the free 3.5in floppy or 5.4in bays.

The one thing that immediately grabs our attention is the huge plastic shroud which cleverly directs warm air from the CPU cooler straight out of the case. And with this single CPU fan the PC remains very quiet during operation - and thankfully, also quite cool.

A Fortron 350W PSU is plenty to keep this system happy, but does present a potential problem if you want to upgrade the video-card to something more capable than the GeForce 9300GS. You'll also want to make sure that if you upgrade, it's to a two-slot card that vents all its heat outside the case, as otherwise things will start getting toasty real quick.


December 5, 2008, 12:57 pm

there's no doubt about it. that's the same case as my old advent t11. that also happened to be the most horrible case to work with, the same blower fan and shroud around the cpu (at the time, an old P4) meant it was a huge dust magnet.

Martin Daler

December 5, 2008, 1:01 pm

so where do I buy one?


December 5, 2008, 2:39 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead: That's interesting, though since the case has zero fans pulling air in and not too many openings, I wonder how much more dust it collects than any other case. I'd be interested to know what you are comparing it with?

@Martin Daler: Sorry about that. Medion PCs are occasionally available from Aldi supermarkets, but this specific model can be found at Tesco.


December 5, 2008, 3:55 pm

@Ardjuna, Well I've had a Medion PC & my cousin had one too, and I'd have to agree with ilovethemonkeyhead that they do tend to collect a lot of dust, I'm comparing to say an Antec 900. I'd suggest investing in a can of Air and take the sides of every couple of months :). I assume because of the single fan it's easer for the dust to settle.

But you do get a lot for your money, and it's not the easiest case to work in like ilove said, but I did manage to get a Geforce 8800GTX in one.. :)

The other thing worth mentioning if you do upgrade your GFX card in these, you will find you will loose some of those connections as there tightly integrated.


December 5, 2008, 4:12 pm

@Keith: Lol, I used to own a Medion as well - a faithful little beast that never had any real problems, but being a P4 with 256MB of RAM is now getting somewhat long in the tooth and is only used as backup word-processor by my parents.

And yes, it was a dust magnet :D, but it actually had an air intake without dust filter, so that was inevitable.

As to losing connectors, good point. On the Akoya P36888 you could lose two SATAs depending on the card.


December 5, 2008, 4:34 pm

@As to losing connectors, good point. On the Akoya P36888 you could lose two SATAs depending on the card.

I'm not sure on the P36888, but on my old Medion it had an ATI 700 series graphics card, and they was a kind of custom patch panel that integrated into the Graphics card & M/B etc, this gave you the SVideo/Composite/Scart connections etc, unfortunately the GeForce never had the same connections, so lost the SVideo/Composite/Scart etc basically making the ports redundant.

Martin Daler

December 6, 2008, 1:05 am

the only thing I can see at Tesco that looks like this (they don't seem to use the Medion model names) costs 𧴜 more. Would that affect your value rating? (Seems to be out of stock anyway)

Martin Daler

December 6, 2008, 1:12 am

...unless you buy it with bundled 22" monitor, when the price goes down by ٟ compared to the base unit alone. Go figure. Still not actually available to buy anyway, so I suppose they could call it any price they wanted. Come to that TR could give it any rating they wanted - it doesn't exist. Sorry, I'm rambling.


December 15, 2008, 4:20 pm

@Martin Daler: It was available and in stock at the stated price when the review went live. However, you're right; Tesco doesn't seem to offer it anymore. Would anyone like to comment if they DID manage to get hold of one?

Mark 14

December 19, 2008, 2:14 am

Got one of these from my local Tesco on 11/12/08, they had 5 in stock at the time. Also was only 𧺠 as got 2.5% VAT back.

Andy Cuthbert

December 29, 2008, 2:29 pm

I bought one this weekend from Tesco Kingston in Milton Keynes and they had plenty - around 20 at least. All seems very good and having owned a Medion previously I am looking forward to years of good service. Just trying to find a decent monitor to pair up with it now. Also bought a very smart and slim Medion USB keyboard and optical mouse in Aldi for 㾺. Suggestions on Monitors would be welcome


January 20, 2009, 4:34 am

1) I am hoping to upgrade my main office PC soon. I intend to get into video editing. Would this be a good choice? (I'm assuming that with the quad core CPU and 3GB RAM it would be a beast! Is that so?)

2) Does this have onboard wifi?


September 8, 2009, 2:43 am

hey, i bought this computer a couple of days ago. brand new from a tesco that doesn't sell this model any more, £216! it is indeed a brilliant PC, a total bargain even for the RRP, but the amount i got it for it robbery xD

it doesn't have onboard wifi, or at least mine didn't seem to find networks but i chucked a belkin thing in the back and it works fine

i put it through a small sony bravia TV (which i got also from tesco as a discontinued product down from 250 to 16) and it looks really good and i picked up a logitech wireless keyboard and mouse for about a tenner at tesco (it was half price and got staff discount cus my brother works there)

really happy with my setup and it only came to about 250 total =}

Terry Collingwood

July 22, 2013, 6:46 pm

can i put a voodoo2 card on it?

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