German electronics vendor Medion has always been a good bet when it comes to hardware on a budget but – without diverting from its strength – the company has decided to put a neat twist on things.
From a tech point of view the MIM 2220 certainly isn’t pulling up any trees (Pentium M 1.7GHz CPU, 15.4in WXGA display, Intel 900 onboard graphics, g wireless, 40GB HDD, 256MB DDR2 RAM upgradeable to one gig, 3x USB2.0 ports, FireWire, Ethernet, VGA/TV Out, dual layer DVD rewriter, etc) but for a mere £399.99 including VAT it represents superb value for money, and it does something rather fun…
The lappy comes equipped with a customisable cover that can be used to display anything from personal photographs to designs and logos. An owner simply visits www.medion.com/individual where they can choose from a gallery shot or upload an image of their choice and the company will produce the cover and send it to you for £45 (includes VAT and delivery). For businesses looking to outfit their workers with a distinctive machine or even parents wanting to get their children setup with something fun at little cost this could well be the answer.
Furthermore, Medion sweetens the deal with a whole raft of bundled software including Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005, Works 8.5, a trial edition of Office, Cyberlink PowerDVD 6, Nero Burning ROM 6, Nero Recode 2-DE and eTrust AntiVirus with 90 days worth of free updates.
The MIM 2220 will be available exclusively from Woolies (yes, that does mean Woolworths Steven!?!) from 1 August and comes with a 12 month warranty which includes telephone and email technical support. Ultimately, even if the customisable cover doesn’t appeal you could do a lot worse than save some cash with this.