Giant TV at a bargain price – what good is Aldi’s offer?

Discounter Aldi has a TV bargain on offer this week. But what is the 65-incher from the Aldi brand Medion really good for?

Technology offers have a tradition at Aldi. On Thursdays, you can always find vacuum robots, headphones or, as in this case, TVs in the discounter’s brochures. Almost as often, however, these are products that have already been on sale in this or a similar way in the past. This also applies to the 65-inch Medion Life X16566 TV. It will be available from Thursday, February 10, 2022, in the discounter’s online store – while stocks last.

UHD smart TV Medion Life X16566 (65 inch) for 549 euros

The Medion Life X16566

Technical data

The Medion Life X16566 hat ein LCD-Panel mit 65-Zoll-Bildschirmdiagonale – das entspricht rund 164 cm. Das Panel hat 4K-UHD-Auflösung (3840 x 2160 Pixel) und unterstützt High Dynamic Range (HDR10) und Dolby Vision – beides soll für farbgetreue Bildwiedergabe und tiefe Schwarztöne sorgen. Der Bildschirm erreicht eine maximale Helligkeit von 350 Nits (Candela pro Quadratmeter) und hat ein eher schlechtes statisches Kontrastverhältnis von nur 1300:1 (27.000:1 dynamisch). Immerhin unterstützt das Panel laut der Produktseite Micro Dimming. Die Technologie passt die Hintergrundbeleuchtung unterschiedlicher Bildausschnitte individuell an, um etwa schwarze Stellen mehr abzudunkeln.

A triple tuner allows receiving broadcasts via DVB-C (cable), DVB-T2 HD (antenna) and DVB-S2 (satellite), a slot for CI+ modules or SmartCard is available. In addition, the smart TV can also access the Internet via WLAN, apps for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video as well as a browser are preinstalled. The device also supports HbbTV for more information about current shows and reruns of missed programs directly from the Internet. Other smart features include Wireless Display, which lets you play content from your smartphone on the smart TV, and compatibility with the Medion Life Remote app, which lets you control the TV from your smartphone.

Sound and connections

For audio output, the TV has two 12-watt stereo speakers with DTS certification. Connections include four HDMI ports with HDCP 2.2 support for encrypted content, as well as two USB ports for playing media and recording shows directly to USB devices. The TV supports playback of media with the modern H.265 codec (HEVC). There is also a network port, VGA port, RCA connector, a headphone jack, and an optical audio output (SPDIF). The package includes a stand and a remote control including batteries.

Old TV in a new guise

Aldi had a very similar TV on offer relatively exactly a year ago. The 65-inch TV from February 2021 was called “Medion Life X16596” and cost 579 euros. The differences to the current “Medion Life X16566” are only marginal according to the spec sheets. For example, we only noticed the minimally better contrast of 1300:1 instead of 1200:1.

atechbook already rated the TV as average back then. We can only confirm this verdict one year later with the new, hardly changed device. If you don’t want to spend more than 550 Euros for a 65-inch screen, you certainly won’t be disappointed by the Medion Life X16566. There are similarly equipped alternatives in this price range from Hisense. However, if you add another 150 to 250 Euros, you will get devices with much better equipment from Samsung and Co.

Want to go one step smaller? Then read: The best 4K TVs with a 55-inch screen.

Source

  • Aldi