That can be Aldi's new 17-inch notebook for 500 euros
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Aldi sold with the Medion Akoya S17402 a classic 17-inch notebook for 500 euros. In the test it convinced with a good picture quality and low volume. But it's not a high flyer.
Ab April 25, 2019, the Medion Akoya S17402 stands for 499 euros in the North and South branches of the discounter – a classic notebook that Medion has shipped in a silver-colored housing in 17-inch format.
But what is in it? How fast does the Aldi notebook equipped with Windows 10 work? The "Computer Picture" test of the Medion Akoya S17402 provides answers.
Medion Akoya S17402 with Pentium CPU
In the calculation of the low sales price fit no strong core CPU, but only a entry-level processor of the type Pentium 5405U from Intel's cutting-edge Whiskey Lake series.
The other ingredients: The RAM is not particularly large with four gigabytes, but the built-SSD in m.2 format at least 477 gigabytes of memory ready. That is not self-evident in this price range.
Of course, customers should not expect a tempo record from the configuration, but be honest: For many users, the area of application is restricted to simple photo editing as well as Internet and office applications anyway. And for that the power offered in the test is completely sufficient. But if you want to do elaborate video editing, you need a bit of patience with the S17402.
The Medion Akoya S17402 has a good display
There are no waiting times for the display: The image change was done in just 12.6 milliseconds. There are no ugly streaks in fast action scenes. The Medion shows vacation photos with almost faithful colors (89.9 percent color fidelity), which are a bit pale, a bit more brilliance would be desirable.
Good: Pictures, videos, websites and documents are on its 43.9-centimeter-large screen in Full HD with 1920×1080 pixels detail again.
The lost time makes up for the Medion Akoya S17402 in mobile use: Because the Pentium processor is a frugal CPU. For example, the Aldi notebook did not work for three hours and twelve minutes while working, and video playback was over after three hours and 32 minutes.
These are not outstanding, but decent values for a 17-inch notebook. And the Pentium CPU has another advantage: The power loss is low, the processor develops little heat, the rotating fan must move loudly out of the case. This is how the Medion works beautifully quietly.
Medion Akoya S17402 with large touchpad
Also good: Because of the large 17-inch format of the keys are not so close to each other. Texts can therefore be typed pleasantly – even if the key stroke is slightly low and the pressure point is comparatively late. Class: The touchpad is nice and big, it is really nice to use.
If you want to use a separate mouse instead of the touchpad, you will find a USB 2.0 socket on the Medion, there are two USB 3.1 ports for external hard drives, and the Medion has a USB-C port for external SSDs. If you want to connect a monitor for a larger desktop, you can connect it to the Medion via HDMI.
Conclusion: The Medion Akoya S17402 is chic, but not a design wonder. The Aldi notebook also delivers a decent pace, so it's not a high-flyer.
For the retail price of 499 € but there is a decent notebook for Internet and Office applications, which worked pleasantly quiet in the test, a good picture quality and an acceptable battery life offered.
Strengthen: High image quality, works pleasantly quiet, acceptable battery life (maximum 3:32 hours), 2.5-inch hard drive or -SSD retrofittable
Weaknesses: unsuitable for games, slightly heavy weight
Test score: satisfactory (2,7)
Release date: April 25, 2019
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