This week, a large Medion TV is available for free at the discounter Aldi for 849 euros. Whether the purchase is worth it is revealed by atechbook.
Aldi Nord has had the Medion Life X17575 on sale in its online store since September 6. The device has been available at Aldi Süd for the same price since July 29. atechbook took a closer look at the TV.
High-resolution, but somewhat dark picture
The Medion Life X17575 comes with a 75-inch LCD panel with LED backlighting. The TV has 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) and supports High Dynamic Range with 10-bit color depth (HDR10), which is supposed to ensure true-color picture reproduction and deep blacks. The panel’s weaknesses reveal themselves when we take a closer look at the specifications. With only 250 nits (candela per square meter) brightness, the picture is quite dark and the dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1 is not exhilarating either. On Aldi’s product page, the static contrast ratio is stated at 4000:1, actually not a bad value. Medion itself, on the other hand, even states a ratio of 5000:1.
Limited smart TV functions
A triple tuner enables the reception of broadcasts via DVB-C (cable), DVB-T2 (antenna) and DVB-S2 (satellite), and a slot for CI+ modules or SmartCard is available. The smart TV can also access the Internet via Wi-Fi, and an app for Netflix and a browser are preinstalled. Apps from other streaming services as well as media libraries and games are also available on the TV. However, further details about the scope and selection of the offer are nowhere to be found. The Life X17575 also supports HbbTV for more information about current shows and reruns of missed shows directly from the Internet. The TV can also be used as a wireless display. This allows content from the smartphone to be played wirelessly on the smart TV.
Port selection leaves nothing to be desired
For audio output, the TV has two 8-watt stereo speakers. Four HDMI ports with HDCP 2.2 support for encrypted content are installed as connections. There are also three USB ports for media playback as well as recording shows directly to USB devices. The TV supports playback of media with the modern H.265 codec (HEVC). There is also a network connection, VGA port, RCA connector, a headphone jack and an optical audio output (SPDIF). The package includes a stand and a remote control including batteries, as well as a 3.5mm YUV adapter to RCA. The remote has quick-select buttons for Netflix, YouTube and other services. The unit carries an energy efficiency rating of G with 170 watts of power consumption per 1000 hours.
Aldi Nord offers the Medion Life X17575 until September 20 for 849 euros and without additional shipping costs. At Aldi Süd, the device is also available for the same price. Aldi’s offer is on the same price level as cheaper models from manufacturers like Samsung, Hisense and TCL. However, shipping is free at both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd, which saves additional costs between 30-70 Euros.
In this price category, you also have to make concessions in terms of picture quality and smart TV capabilities. Extras like local dimming (also known as “micro dimming”) and integration with smart home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa are not found here. Otherwise, however, the Life X17575 is technically up to snuff, with enough HDMI ports, HEVC support, and wireless display.