Yet another netbook has given conformity the cold shoulder, making use of an AMD 1.5GHz Sempron 210U CPU, M690E chipset and ATI Radeon Xpress 1250. Stepping even further away from the norm, Medion's Akoya Mini E1312 features an 11.6" 1366 x 768 (16:9) display and an HDMI-out port. Additional specifications include 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, three USB ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, 802.11b/g/draft-n, Ethernet, a 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth 2.1 and a 6-cell battery with an optional 9-cell upgrade.

The Akoya is expected to last a little over 3 hours on the battery; it will run Windows XP and comes with a 3-year warranty. Unfortunately there's no information about US availability, but black and white models of the Mini E1312 will be available in Aldi stores across the UK starting July 12. The base price tag is £339.99 (about $550). Is it just me or do these AMD-packing netbooks often seem more aesthetically pleasing?