Included in this week’s Aldi Special Buys is another Medion laptop with an attractive price point. It’s a 15.6in model with a stated thickness of 25mm and a weight of 2.3kg. We're sure you're all thinking the same thing: is it worth buying?
Medion laptops such as this have traditionally offered good bang for buck, mainly because they feature a configuration that's better overall than competing low-cost notebooks. For the Akoya E6416 (MD 99540), which goes on sale at Aldi supermarkets on Wednesday 25 March, you get a 15.6in laptop with a 5th generation Intel Core i3-5010U CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a screen resolution of 1366x768.
The cost for this configuration is $529, and it immediately puts the Akoya on the front foot as a contending laptop for those of you who are after a budget mobile computer for the home.
With competing models that can be found at a similar price point, the tendency for them is to have a either a Pentium or Celeron processor, rather than the more swift Core i3 that's present in this Medion. Those that do feature the Core i3 generally use one that is not of the current generation, and the price point tends to be closer to $600 than $500, as it is with the Akoya. Basically, you are getting a modern processor with this Akoya.
Along with the main configuration, the list of ports and slots adorning the sides of the chassis also make the Akoya a worthy notebook. You get two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, and two more USB ports that are of the 2.0 specification. Wireless networking is provided by an Intel Wireless-AC 3160 module, which also features Bluetooth 4.0.
For all intents and purposes, you can get a lot done with this 15.6in computer and at a reasonable speed. The only concern will be the build quality and the feel of the keyboard.
While we haven't reviewed this particular model, we have reviewed plenty of Medion laptops over the years to know that the build quality is generally decent, if somewhat creaky. It will last as long as you don't submit it to accidental knocks.
Due to its size, we think this is more of a stay-at-home machine rather than something you will take out with you every day. Consider it as a Windows computer for general family use, or for an elderly user.