Checking out a mini-review by Andario, one of our members on the forums today made me realise that I should put together my own objective long-term review of the Akoya Mini that I’ve been using off and on for a while. It deserves it as its been working well and trouble free since I queued up for it at the beginning of July.
I’ve already called the Akoya Mini ‘near perfect’ and I haven’t changed my mind. Having played with most of the netbooks its clear that it hits the consumer mark more centrally than any other netbook. Its cheap, stylish, has a keyboard that really shouldn’t be that good for that price and the 10’2" screen makes for very comfortable tabletopping. In short, if you need a low-cost, small notebook, you really won’t be unhappy with the XP/Hard drive version of the MSI Wind, Medion Akoya Mini, Zen ID, Advent 4211 or any of the variants that are available. [Article continues after the images...]
From the outside.
The Akoya Mini has a matte black finish which is relatively fingerprint friendly. The casing seems to be nicely built and has a nice smooth set of lines. Its classically attractive. At 1.3KG its not the lightest of netbooks and not an Ultra Mobile PC by a long shot but that’s not what the device is about. Its meant for storing direct in a bag or rucksack and for working on a table. Hotspot-portable is what I’d call it.
All the ports you need are available and it’s nice to see 3 USB ports. With some external drives and 3G modules needing two USB ports to run them, three is a minimum if you also need to add a USB mouse. while working.
The screen hinge is smooth and solid although it doesn’t tilt back as far as I’d like. It might be because of the balance of the device because so much of the weight is in the battery section of the device that it starts to tip back on its rear feet if you push the screen even lightly. After a few months though I don’t notice this any more and its something anyone can get used to.
If you’re worried about the keyboard quality, don’t! After two months, I’m finding the keyboard nicer to use than my desktop. Admittedly my fingers are fairly slim so others might not find the same but you’d have to have seriously big fingers to be tripping your self up on this keyboard. Touch typing should be possible for most people on this keyboard. (Note: I haven’t had a chance to use the keyboard on the HP2133 mini note much. Many people regard this as the best keyboard in the netbook class)