Medion LifeTab P9514 Android tablet
Medion LifeTab P9514 review: A run-of-the mill Android tablet that's competitively priced
- Competitive price
- 3G connectivity
- Decent display
- Hefty weight
- Average performance
- Below average battery life
There is nothing remarkable about the Medion LifeTab P9514 Android tablet aside from its price, but that's something most of its competitors can't match. For $499, this is a 32GB Android tablet with 3G connectivity, and that's its main selling point. All in all, an average tablet at a competitive asking price.
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
Here at PC World, we think most Android tablets have one thing in common: they're all overpriced. So when a tablet lands on our desk that retails for under $500 and has 3G connectivity, 32GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot, we will sit up and take notice. This is essentially Medion's sale pitch for its LifeTab P9514 — a tablet that will sell exclusively through Aldi stores in Australia. The Medion LifeTab is a good all-round tablet at a reasonable price, but its a little too heavy for our liking.
Medion LifeTab P9514: Design and display
The Medion LifeTab P9514 looks like a pretty regular Android tablet. There's nothing remotely remarkable about its design, nor is there a single design feature that makes it stand out amongst the competition. However, its reasonably well constructed — it has soft feeling grey plastic on the back and a gloss black finish on the front. The LifeTab's 10.1 in screen is also bright, clear and responsive. The TFT panel has good viewing angles and feels smooth to touch. The LifeTab's screen does have one annoying aspect, however. It has small, visible dots all over the display. This imprint appears to be on the layer directly below the outside of the screen and is very noticeable at certain angles, particularly if there is light shining on the screen.
We like the etched silver strip below the display, but the LifeTab branding on our review unit was noticeably wearing off. Our model was a German pre-production unit though, so hopefully the same issues aren't a concern in the final Australian model that will sell through Aldi in Australia.
There are a couple of things we don't like about the Medion LifeTab: it creaks when the case is pressed towards the edges, the power and volume buttons are sunken and therefore require a really firm press to activate, and the unit charges through a proprietary pin connector rather than its standard micro-USB port. The gloss black bezel also reflects too much light, while the screen is hard to see in direct sunlight. Perhaps the biggest issue is weight: at 720g it's one of the heavier Android tablets on the market and this makes it tough to hold with one hand for a long period of time.
The Medion LifeTab P9514 doesn't have a full-sized USB port but on the left side you'll find microSD and SIM card slots (both covered by a plastic flap), a regular 3.5mm headphone jack and a standard micro-USB port. At the bottom is the proprietary dock connector that charges the unit. Included in the box is a HDMI-out adapter that uses the connector to enable the LifeTab to hook up to a high-definition TV via HDMI.
Next page: Software, performance, battery life and more
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Tech Timeline: The iPad first goes on sale
- New 9.7-inch iPad teardown reveals it's basically an original iPad Air with minor tweaks
- More iPad screen sizes unlikely to stop slump
- Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is like a giant Note7
- Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet modules add features but limit functionality
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Huawei P10 smartphone review
- Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- FTBI and Report DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior Project ManagerNSW
- CCProject Manager - Salesforce ImplementationVIC
- FTSystem Analyst - IntegrationQLD
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectNSW
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTNode.js DeveloperSA
- FTManaging Architect - Satellite spaceVIC
- FTProgram SchedulerVIC
- FTDelivery CoordinatorSA
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- FTDatabase Engineer (Oracle)ACT
- TPInstructional DesignerVIC
- CCBusiness SpecialistVIC
- FTBI Developer (SQL Server Reporting Services)SA
- FT.net Developer (Front and Back end)QLD
- CCProcess Improvement Manager (Black Belt)NSW
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTIntegration SpecialistQLD
- CCSenior Systems EngineerQLD
- CCProject Manager Information ManagementQLD
- FTScrum Master - TechnicalNSW
- FTProject Control Analyst - PMOACT