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Medion Akoya E4253 Laptop Review: Long Runtime for a Small Amount of Money

Sascha Mölck (translated by Todor Gerganov), 08/26/2019

Silent surf machine. Just 250 Euros (~$278) is the price set by Medion for the 14-inch Akoya E4253. The laptop comes with a matte IPS Full HD display, Pentium Silver N5000 processor, silent operation and a good battery life.

The Medion Akoya E4253 is one of the simple notebooks in 14-inch format. The computer is powered by a Pentium Silver N5000 processor. The operating system is Windows 10 Home in S mode. A free upgrade to the regular home version of Windows 10 is possible. We used this upgrade in order to be able to run our test. The Akoya's competitors include the Acer Aspire 1 A114-32, the Chuwi LapBook Pro, the Lenovo V130-14IGM, the HP Chromebook 14 G5 and the Acer Swift 1 SF114-32.

Medion Akoya E4253-30025387 (Akoya E Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Core: 200-750 MHz, Dual-Channel, 25.20.100.6519
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR4 2400, Dual-Channel, soldered RAM, no memory modules
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei N140HCA-EAB, IPS, glossy: no
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, + M.2 2280 slot, 41 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined microphone and headphone jack, Card Reader: MicroSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Wireless AC 9462 (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 330 x 219 ( = 0.59 x 12.99 x 8.62 in)
Battery
41 Wh, 5400 mAh Lithium-Ion, 7.6 V, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 173 g ( = 6.1 oz / 0.38 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case & Equipment - Medion Relies on a Mix of Materials

Medion packs the technology of the Akoya in a matte black case, which is mostly made of plastic. Only the back of the lid is made of metal. We could not find any defects in the craftsmanship of the device. However, the laptop reveals weaknesses in terms of stability. The case can easily be arched when pressed near the sides of the keyboard and the opposite front corner of the base unit lifts off the stand area. In addition, the base unit can be twisted quite a lot without much effort. A device oriented towards mobility must have a higher stiffness.

To get access to the inside of the device, the bottom panel should be dismantled. First, all screws on the bottom should be removed. Attention: There are two more screws hidden under the rear rubber strip. The bottom panel can then be removed. 

The Medion laptop comes with the most necessary interfaces. Two USB slots (1x Type A, 1x Type C) function according to the USB 3.2 Gen 1 standard, the third USB port (Type A) according to the USB 2.0 standard. The Type C port also supports DisplayPort via USB C (this requires a separately purchased adapter). Thus, together with the mini-HDMI output, the Akoya comes with two video outputs.

The memory card reader (Micro SD) is one of the slowest of its kind. When copying large data blocks, a maximum transfer rate of 33.9 MB/s is achieved. We test memory card readers using a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB).

The WLAN module packs a chip from Intel (Wireless AC 9462). This supports not only the WLAN standards 802.11 a/b/g/n, but also the fast ac standard. It also provides Bluetooth 5 functionality. The transfer rates can be mediocre at best, as the module offers only 1x1 MIMO.

Note: In this review we use, among others, the official image material from Medion. This falsely shows a USB 2.0 port (Type A) on the left side of the case. In fact, it is a USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector (Type A).

Size Comparison

343 mm / 13.5 inch 247 mm / 9.72 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs343 mm / 13.5 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs337 mm / 13.3 inch 226 mm / 8.9 inch 18.3 mm / 0.72 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs330 mm / 13 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs324.2 mm / 12.8 inch 209 mm / 8.23 inch 13.4 mm / 0.528 inch 1.4 kg3.15 lbs

Connectivity

Left-hand side: power connector, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type A), mini HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type C, DisplayPort function)
Left-hand side: power connector, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type A), mini HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type C, DisplayPort function)
Right-hand side: combo headphone/microphone jack, memory card reader (Micro SD), USB 2.0 (Type A)
Right-hand side: combo headphone/microphone jack, memory card reader (Micro SD), USB 2.0 (Type A)
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
65.7 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=116)
61.7 MB/s ∼94%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.6 MB/s ∼37%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.3 MB/s ∼100% +152%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=119)
78.4 MB/s ∼92% +131%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.4 MB/s ∼44% +10%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
33.9 MB/s ∼40%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.6 MB/s ∼29% -27%

Input Devices - Teetering Keyboard

Medion equips the Akoya with an unlit chiclet keyboard. The flat, slightly roughened keys have a short stroke and a clear pressure point. However, the keyboard teeters during typing - more on the right than on the left. All in all, Medion delivers a keyboard suitable for home use. However, it is not the right one for those who type a lot.

The multitouch-capable touchpad occupies an area of approximately 11.4 x 7.4 cm (~ 4.49 x 2.91 in). Thus, there is enough space to use the gesture control. The smooth pad surface makes it easy for the fingers to glide. In the upper left corner, the touchpad does not respond to input due to the built-in fingerprint reader. The stroke is short and the pressure point - clear.

Input Devices
Input Devices

Display - IPS on Board

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte 14-inch display of the Akoya works with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The Brightness (241.8 cd/m²) and the contrast (519:1) are too low. We consider values beyond 300 cd/m² or 1000:1 good. Nonetheless: Given the price level of the laptop, the values are acceptable.

The screen shows flicker at a rate of 24,500 Hz at brightness levels of 20 percent and below. Due to the high frequency, even sensitive users should be spared headaches and/or eye problems.

241
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N140HCA-EAB
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 262 cd/m² Average: 241.8 cd/m² Minimum: 2.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 262 cd/m²
Contrast: 519:1 (Black: 0.505 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.49 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.84 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
61% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.3
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Chuwi LapBook Pro
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
TN LED, 1920x1080, 14
HP Chromebook 14 G5
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo V130-14IGM
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-34%
-16%
-42%
15%
0%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (23, 19)
42 (21, 21)
-0%
43 (23, 20)
-2%
44 (23, 21)
-5%
52 (30, 22)
-24%
42 (22, 20)
-0%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
29 (15, 14)
-4%
13 (9, 4)
54%
35 (20, 15)
-25%
13 (8, 5)
54%
28 (16, 12)
-0%
PWM Frequency
24500 (20)
200 (90)
-99%
250 (20)
-99%
1000 (90)
-96%
Screen
8%
-41%
54%
-50%
31%
Brightness middle
262
297
13%
208
-21%
253
-3%
234
-11%
250
-5%
Brightness
242
268
11%
192
-21%
232
-4%
216
-11%
240
-1%
Brightness Distribution
87
77
-11%
85
-2%
87
0%
83
-5%
81
-7%
Black Level *
0.505
0.625
-24%
0.41
19%
0.15
70%
0.51
-1%
0.13
74%
Contrast
519
475
-8%
507
-2%
1687
225%
459
-12%
1923
271%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.49
5.23
5%
10.1
-84%
11.84
-116%
5.54
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.63
9.53
10%
28.85
-171%
25.17
-137%
10.5
1%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.84
6.72
-39%
10.96
-126%
3.04
37%
13.97
-189%
5.2
-7%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.38 92%
2.24 98%
2.21 100%
2.13 103%
2.29 96%
CCT
6347 102%
7015 93%
11669 56%
7015 93%
18080 36%
5796 112%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
63
62%
38
-3%
35
-10%
36
-8%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61
96
57%
59
-3%
55
-10%
56
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.38
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -2%
-29% / -35%
6% / 22%
-18% / -39%
16% / 26%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 24500 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 24500 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 24500 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9370 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The display offers a pretty neat color representation ex factory. With a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 5.49, however, the target (DeltaE less than 3) is missed. The display does not suffer from a blue cast. The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces are not fully reproduced. Coverage rates here are 39 percent (AdobeRGB) and 61 percent (sRGB).

The color profile we provide can slightly improve the color appearance of the screen. It is important to ensure that the same display model (manufacturer + model number) is installed as in our test device. Otherwise, the color representation may worsen even further. Within a notebook model series, displays from different manufacturers are often used. 

CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color Saturation
CalMAN - Color Saturation

Medion equips the E4253 with an IPS panel with stable viewing angles. Thus, the display is readable from any position. Outdoors, however, it can hardly be read due to its low brightness.

The Akoya E4253 outdoors (shot in bright sunshine)
The Akoya E4253 outdoors (shot in bright sunshine)

Performance - A Medion Laptop for Office and Internet Use

The Medion's Akoya E4253 is a 14-inch laptop which has enough power for simple applications of office and Internet nature. Our test device can be purchased for about 250 Euros (~$278) as of the time of the test. Other configuration options are available. Prices start at 229 Euros (~$254).

Processor

The Akoya has a Pentium Silver N5000 quad core processor (Gemini Lake) on board. A low TDP of 6 watts allows passive cooling of the SoC. The CPU operates at a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz. With Turbo, an increase of up to 2.6 GHz (four cores) or 2.7 GHz (one core) is possible.

The multi-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks which we carried out are processed by the Pentium in a few seconds at 2.6 GHz. The clock speed then drops to range between 2 and 2.1 GHz. The single thread tests run at 2.6 GHz. The behavior is identical in both AC and battery mode.

HWInfo
HWInfo
CPU-Z
CPU-Z

Whether the turbo can also be used permanently, we check by running the multi-thread test of the Cinebench R15 benchmark for at least 30 minutes in a continuous loop. The results drop slightly from the first to the second run and then remain at a constant level. The turbo is used, but does not work at full capacity.

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Medion Akoya E4253-30025387 Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø227 (224.67-233.04)
Chuwi LapBook Pro Intel Celeron N4100, Intel Celeron N4100: Ø251 (249.39-252.12)
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1 Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø208 (203.3-210.2)
Lenovo V130-14IGM Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø241 (236.81-246.79)
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø230 (228.26-236.29)
CPU clock rates during execution of the CB15 loop
CPU clock rates during execution of the CB15 loop
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2303
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6634
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3821
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
76 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
233 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
19.14 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=272)
116 Points ∼53% +53%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
79 Points ∼36% +4%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
78 Points ∼36% +3%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (73 - 80, n=10)
77.7 Points ∼36% +2%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
76 Points ∼35%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
73 Points ∼33% -4%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
69 Points ∼32% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 757, n=282)
338 Points ∼8% +45%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
251 Points ∼6% +8%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
247 Points ∼6% +6%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (210 - 284, n=10)
240 Points ∼5% +3%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
236 Points ∼5% +1%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
233 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
210 Points ∼5% -10%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (322 - 6760, n=461)
3147 Points ∼29% +37%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2310 Points ∼21% 0%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2303 Points ∼21%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (2260 - 2310, n=6)
2292 Points ∼21% 0%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2287 Points ∼21% -1%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2260 Points ∼21% -2%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
2020 Points ∼19% -12%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
7123 Points ∼11% +7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (661 - 24096, n=443)
7071 Points ∼11% +7%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (5730 - 8195, n=6)
6794 Points ∼10% +2%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
6742 Points ∼10% +2%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
6634 Points ∼10%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
6610 Points ∼10% 0%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5730 Points ∼9% -14%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (107 - 421, n=12)
310 Points ∼60% +79%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
173 Points ∼34%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (167 - 173, n=3)
170 Points ∼33% -2%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
167 Points ∼32% -3%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
152 Points ∼30% -12%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (151 - 1717, n=12)
999 Points ∼14% +100%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
551 Points ∼8% +10%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
500 Points ∼7%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (424 - 500, n=3)
469 Points ∼7% -6%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
424 Points ∼6% -15%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1018 - 14015, n=76)
6159 Points ∼8% +5%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5868 Points ∼7%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5549 Points ∼7% -5%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (5045 - 5868, n=6)
5523 Points ∼7% -6%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5353 Points ∼7% -9%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
5085 Points ∼6% -13%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5045 Points ∼6% -14%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (592 - 4051, n=76)
2568 Points ∼53% +37%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1876 Points ∼38%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1784 Points ∼37% -5%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (1707 - 1876, n=6)
1781 Points ∼37% -5%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1771 Points ∼36% -6%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1707 Points ∼35% -9%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
1623 Points ∼33% -13%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2593 - 17643, n=30)
10294 Points ∼18% +66%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
6202 Points ∼11%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (5467 - 6202, n=7)
5841 Points ∼10% -6%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5790 Points ∼10% -7%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5765 Points ∼10% -7%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5467 Points ∼9% -12%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
5307 Points ∼9% -14%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350
2731 Points ∼5% -56%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1529 - 5280, n=30)
3859 Points ∼61% +88%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2054 Points ∼32% 0%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2053 Points ∼32%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2045 Points ∼32% 0%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (1975 - 2054, n=7)
2027 Points ∼32% -1%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2014 Points ∼32% -2%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
1799 Points ∼28% -12%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350
1513 Points ∼24% -26%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
3201.4 ms * ∼5% -12%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 44)
3192.7 ms * ∼5% -11%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
2868.4 ms * ∼5%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (2784 - 2871, n=4)
2830 ms * ∼5% +1%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 42)
2796.6 ms * ∼5% +3%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
2783.8 ms * ∼5% +3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (740 - 30250, n=154)
1990 ms * ∼3% +31%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3963 - 44259, n=146)
25330 Points ∼48% +73%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
14601 Points ∼28%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (13075 - 14601, n=4)
13480 Points ∼26% -8%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
13123 Points ∼25% -10%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 42)
13075 Points ∼25% -10%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 44)
11852 Points ∼23% -19%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
11461 Points ∼22% -22%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 297, n=130)
188 Points ∼53% +79%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 42)
107.97 Points ∼31% +3%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (104 - 110, n=6)
107 Points ∼30% +2%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
106.99 Points ∼30% +2%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
105.07 Points ∼30%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
104.38 Points ∼30% -1%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 44)
91.243 Points ∼26% -13%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Intel Celeron N3350 (Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159)
60.236 Points ∼17% -43%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system works smoothly. We have not encountered any problems. The computing power of the Pentium Silver N5000 is sufficient for applications in the office and Internet areas. However, the notebook is not made for maximum performance. The processor should not be expected to handle more than one or two browser windows or applications opened at the same time, otherwise the system becomes sluggish. Good: The RAM runs in dual-channel mode. The results of the PC Mark benchmarks correspond to the performance of the CPU.

PC Mark 10
PC Mark 10
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2015 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1899 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3188 points
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PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 3704, n=87)
2440 Points ∼20% +77%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
1424 Points ∼12% +3%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1378 Points ∼11%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (1283 - 1424, n=8)
1350 Points ∼11% -2%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
1334 Points ∼11% -3%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1283 Points ∼11% -7%
Productivity
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=87)
5201 Points ∼54% +75%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
3281 Points ∼34% +11%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3202 Points ∼33% +8%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (2944 - 3336, n=8)
3113 Points ∼32% +5%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2966 Points ∼31%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2944 Points ∼30% -1%
Essentials
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9402, n=87)
6760 Points ∼61% +48%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
5024 Points ∼46% +10%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4769 Points ∼43% +4%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (4519 - 5024, n=8)
4703 Points ∼43% +3%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4570 Points ∼42%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4544 Points ∼41% -1%
Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4344, n=90)
3127 Points ∼40% +64%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
2052 Points ∼26% +8%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (1879 - 2052, n=8)
1941 Points ∼25% +2%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
1926 Points ∼25% +1%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1902 Points ∼24%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1879 Points ∼24% -1%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4211, n=240)
3034 Points ∼50% +51%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
2393 Points ∼39% +19%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (1933 - 2393, n=9)
2186 Points ∼36% +8%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
2141 Points ∼35% +6%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2015 Points ∼33%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1933 Points ∼32% -4%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1918 Points ∼31% -5%

Storage Devices

The system drive is an eMMC memory module with a total capacity of 64 GB. Almost 41 GB of this is ready for use at delivery. The remaining space is taken up by the recovery partition and the Windows installation. The transfer rates are at a normal level for eMMC memory.

If the space provided by the eMMC module is insufficient, a SATA SSD in M.2 2280 format (NVMe SSDs are not supported) can also be installed in the notebook. The corresponding slot can be found on the bottom of the device behind a small service hatch.

There is room for an SSD (SATA) in M.2 2280 format
There is room for an SSD (SATA) in M.2 2280 format
64 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 271.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 63.03 MB/s
512K Read: 201.9 MB/s
512K Write: 56.53 MB/s
4K Read: 16.58 MB/s
4K Write: 8.23 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 23.24 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 7.699 MB/s
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
64 GB eMMC Flash
Chuwi LapBook Pro
64 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo V130-14IGM
SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Average 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
38%
105%
517%
514%
44%
1263%
Write 4K
6.435
13.46
109%
24.08
274%
68.58
966%
73.57
1043%
13 (1.95 - 26.9, n=11)
102%
92.7 (3.23 - 191, n=96)
1341%
Read 4K
5.91
7.071
20%
11.48
94%
28.73
386%
8.018
36%
9.69 (4.94 - 19.7, n=11)
64%
31.6 (5.37 - 61.3, n=96)
435%
Write Seq
66.69
105.3
58%
149.7
124%
252.3
278%
383.7
475%
90 (27.9 - 150, n=11)
35%
768 (48.9 - 2334, n=95)
1052%
Read Seq
268.9
235.5
-12%
271.2
1%
444
65%
429.6
60%
195 (74.7 - 271, n=11)
-27%
1047 (142 - 2760, n=95)
289%
Write 4K Q32T1
7.795
14.68
88%
23.87
206%
123.2
1481%
112.5
1343%
18.9 (2.17 - 62.9, n=11)
142%
289 (3.6 - 868, n=96)
3608%
Read 4K Q32T1
22.76
24.31
7%
30.76
35%
135.1
494%
129.8
470%
29.5 (11.6 - 48.6, n=11)
30%
320 (17.4 - 1580, n=96)
1306%
Write Seq Q32T1
82.99
114.2
38%
137.2
65%
246.1
197%
449.4
442%
89.7 (18.4 - 137, n=11)
8%
917 (16.7 - 2992, n=96)
1005%
Read Seq Q32T1
150
140.7
-6%
205.1
37%
556.9
271%
518.5
246%
152 (68.9 - 259, n=11)
1%
1756 (113 - 3563, n=96)
1071%

GPU Performance

The integrated UHD Graphics 605 graphics core supports DirectX 12 and operates at speeds of up to 750 MHz. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are at a normal level for this graphics core. Since the memory here runs in dual-channel mode, the Akoya performs better than other laptops equipped with the same SoC and memory running in single-channel mode.

The decoder built in the GPU can relieve the processor when playing videos. Thus, the use of streaming services is not a problem. 

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVA Checker
DXVA Checker
3DMark 11 Performance
847 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
29723 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3238 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
524 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 4905, n=360)
1272 Points ∼100% +63%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
780 Points ∼61%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (592 - 902, n=10)
725 Points ∼57% -7%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
702 Points ∼55% -10%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
612 Points ∼48% -22%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
592 Points ∼47% -24%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
575 Points ∼45% -26%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=241)
1050 Points ∼100% +82%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
576 Points ∼55%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (425 - 576, n=6)
485 Points ∼46% -16%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
478 Points ∼46% -17%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
434 Points ∼41% -25%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
430 Points ∼41% -25%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
425 Points ∼40% -26%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=269)
7646 Points ∼100% +107%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
3701 Points ∼48%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (2874 - 4485, n=7)
3624 Points ∼47% -2%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
3497 Points ∼46% -6%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
3430 Points ∼45% -7%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
3261 Points ∼43% -12%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2874 Points ∼38% -22%

Gaming Performance

The built-in hardware is suitable for casual games or browser games. Modern 3D games, as found in our database, can be played smoothly only at low resolutions and low quality settings.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 23.516.612.94.2fps
GTA V (2015) 9.5fps
Apex Legends (2019) 7.2fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 1fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 17.6fps
The Division 2 (2019) 1fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 5.8fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 10.9fps
F1 2019 (2019) 7fps

Emissions & Energy - Silent and Enduring

System Noise

The Akoya does not have a fan or a mechanical drive and thus works silently.

Temperature

The Akoya in stress test
The Akoya in stress test

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) is handled by the Medion E4253 in the same way both in AC and battery power mode. The processor operates at speeds between 1.8 and 2 GHz at the beginning of the test. Over the course of the test, the clock speed slowly and gradually drops to values between 1.4 and 1.5 GHz and remains at this level. The operating speed of the graphics core drops from initially 400 MHz to the range between 100 and 150 MHz. The stress test represents an extreme scenario that does not occur in everyday use. With this test we verify the stability of the system at full capacity.

The notebook does not get too hot. During the stress test we register temperatures below 40 ºC (104 ºF) at all measuring points. In everyday use, the values are in the green area.

Max. Load
 38.8 °C
102 F
36.5 °C
98 F
26.9 °C
80 F
 
 34.7 °C
94 F
34.4 °C
94 F
26.2 °C
79 F
 
 28.2 °C
83 F
27.5 °C
82 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Average: 31.1 °C = 88 F
27.6 °C
82 F
27.2 °C
81 F
38.3 °C
101 F
27.3 °C
81 F
31.2 °C
88 F
33.7 °C
93 F
27.1 °C
81 F
28.4 °C
83 F
30.8 °C
87 F
Maximum: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Average: 30.2 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  34 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 23.4 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.1 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.8 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 40.1 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.4 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.2 °C / 82.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (+0.4 °C / 0.7 F).
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device at idle
Heat map of the top of the device at idle
Heat map of the bottom of the device at idle
Heat map of the bottom of the device at idle

Speakers

The stereo speakers are situated at the front edge of the device base. They produce a decent sound that largely lacks the bass. For a better sound experience, one should resort to headphones or external speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.333.934.3253631.3363136.932.836.94032.329.932.35032.728.432.76332.52932.58028.825.628.810031.625.431.612534.724.434.716033.323.833.320033.922.733.925042.221.842.231548.420.448.440052.419.452.450058.319.158.363061.618.561.680068.818.268.8100068.517.668.5125068.217.668.2160066.817.266.8200069.717.269.7250072.517.372.5315071.617.471.6400069.517.669.5500064.217.764.2630055.417.855.4800053.117.853.11000058.417.858.41250055.617.755.61600055.117.855.1SPL80.13080.1N421.442median 58.3median 17.8median 58.3Delta12.21.412.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMedion Akoya E4253-30025387
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.46 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 80% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 77% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Consumption

The Medion laptop does not need a lot of energy over the entire load range. At idle we register a maximum demand of 5.3 watts. During the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) the value increases to 22.4 watts. The rated power of the power supply is 36 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.08 / 0.44 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.1 / 4.8 / 5.3 Watt
Load midlight 14.6 / 22.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practical Wi-Fi test simulates the loading of websites with the help of a script. The "Balanced" profile is active, the energy-saving features are disabled, and the display brightness is set at approximately 150 cd/m². The Medion Akoya achieves a runtime of 9 hours and 15 minutes.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
9h 15min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Acer Swift 1 SF114-32-P8GG
N5000, UHD Graphics 605, 53.9 Wh
740 min ∼28% +33%
HP Chromebook 14 G5
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 47.36 Wh
661 min ∼25% +19%
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
N5000, UHD Graphics 605, 41 Wh
555 min ∼21%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 38 Wh
491 min ∼19% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (206 - 806, n=214)
473 min ∼18% -15%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
N5000, UHD Graphics 605, 30 Wh
441 min ∼17% -21%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
N5000, UHD Graphics 605, 37 Wh
383 min ∼15% -31%

Pros

+ matte IPS display
+ free M.2 slot for an SSD
+ good runtime
+ works silently
+ low price
+ DisplayPort via USB-C

Cons

- low display brightness
- low contrast
- only 4 GB of RAM
- memory can not be upgraded
- eMMC memory
- little storage space
- teetering keyboard

Verdict

In review: Medion Akoya E4253 (MD61197). Test model provided by:
In review: Medion Akoya E4253 (MD61197). Test model provided by:

With the Akoya E4253, Medion delivers a simple 14-inch laptop, which is currently available for almost 250 Euros (~$279). The device is at the bottom of the performance scale. The Pentium Silver N5000 processor enables the use of simple Office and Internet applications. However, one should not expect too much from the SoC. Many open windows or applications would lead to a rather sluggish system. In addition, the 4 GB of RAM is not particularly generous. Still, there are Akoya models which have 8 GB of RAM on board.

Also, the available storage space is quite small with 64 GB (of which about 41 GB can be used). An increase in storage space is possible though: The notebook could be extended by a SATA SSD in M.2 2280 format. A microSD card could also be used for memory expansion.

With the Akoya E4253 you get a long-lasting surf machine for a low price.

The IPS Full HD display pleases with stable viewing angles and a matte finish. However, contrast and brightness are too low. The color space coverage is not impressive either. The keyboard has proven to be suitable for everyday use. Nevertheless, this is not the case for extensive use.

Thanks to the passive cooling of the SoC, the laptop works silently. Moreover, it does not heat up a lot. The battery life is also very good. The Akoya comes with preinstalled Windows 10 Home in S-mode. The free upgrade to Windows 10 Home is recommended. Otherwise, only applications that can be found in the Microsoft Store can be used.

 

 

 

 

Medion Akoya E4253-30025387 - 09/26/2019 v7
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
51 / 75 → 68%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 91%
Battery
87%
Display
81%
Games Performance
27 / 78 → 34%
Application Performance
55 / 85 → 65%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
44 / 91 → 48%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
68%
80%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Medion Akoya E4253 Laptop Review: Long Runtime for a Small Amount of Money
Sascha Mölck, 2019-08-26 (Update: 2019-08-28)