279 euros for a TV with a screen diagonal of 50 inches is not a lot of money. But is the Aldi TV really a good deal?

If you look at the comparison tables on relevant price portals, a price of 280 euros marks the absolute lowest end of what is due at least when buying a 4K television with 50 inches. The first brand devices can be found from 350 euros upwards. So it’s no wonder that the Aldi offer for the Medion Life X15087 is met with great interest. Because as of today, the discounter is offering a 4K television with average equipment for 279 euros – immediately available in almost every branch, whether Aldi Nord or Aldi Süd. The device is not available online.

The picture will suffice – but nothing more

Of course you don’t get an OLED technology miracle for the money, but the Medion TV could actually be a good choice for the bedroom or children’s room. A look at the specifications: The Aldi TV offers an integrated triple tuner for DVB-T2 HD, DVB-C and DVB-S2, supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision and, thanks to Android TV, offers access to many popular streaming channels -Service providers and apps.

Aldi specifies the static contrast as 5,000:1, the dynamic contrast is 28:000:1 according to the manufacturer. The resolution is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, the brightness is 350 candelas per square meter. The relatively low brightness is an indication that, firstly, the television could appear a bit pale in very bright surroundings and, secondly, HDR should hardly be noticeable in everyday life because a higher brightness is required for this.

The information in the brochure “1,200 MPI” can also be safely ignored, because it says absolutely nothing. “MPI” stands for “Motion Picture Index” and belongs in the marketing drawer without added value.

Enough connections, quite high consumption

The connections are a harder currency. The Medion Life X15087 has two USB 2 slots, an Ethernet input, four HDMI 2 slots, a VGA connection that is fit for a museum, a cinch AV IN, a headphone jack and an optical audio output.

Both Aldi cardinal points hide the power consumption of the television, the information can be found at the manufacturer Medion. The TV has energy efficiency class F, which is often the case with cheap devices. Information on the refresh rate, the panel type and the response time is missing everywhere – so it can be assumed that the lower end of the performance scale is used.

The Medion TV does what it costs. However, entry-level devices are rarely cheaper for devices of this size, which makes it an attractive proposition – especially for purchasing a second or third TV. Don’t expect miracles.

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