Medion Akoya E14304 in the test: Aldi notebook for only 429 euros

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Medion Akoya E14304: Test © COMPUTER BILD

Aldi notebook Medion Akoya E14304 in the test: compact, cheap? and also fast?

Plan an extra hour for battery charging? Whining at a high level. Okay, the display could be more brilliant, but it doesn’t reflect. And a fast WLAN-ax would be great, as would an SSD with more storage. But the new Aldi notebook costs only 429 euros. And in this price range, the Medion Akoya E14304 is one of the best notebooks currently available: It is beautifully compact and light, it works quickly, and it remains pleasantly quiet and cool.

Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Light, compact design
  • Works nice and quiet and stays cool
  • Easily exchangeable thanks to the SSD maintenance flap

Cons

  • Little SSD storage
  • Somewhat pale color
  • Not for games

Test rating from the editors

2.9

satisfying

GThere are plenty of inexpensive notebooks in the price range around 400 euros. The catch: Either very old or really lame entry-level processors work as a drive. In addition, many models still have sluggish hard drives as storage for the operating system, programs and data. Is the Akoya E14304, which will be available from April 29 for 429 euros at the Aldi discounter, the better alternative? COMPUTER BILD had the new Aldi notebook in the test.

The best laptops


Swift 3 (SF313-52-71Y7)


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • Great, crisp and true-to-color display
  • Long battery life (over 8 hours)
  • Works nice and quiet
  • Lots of SSD storage (954 GB)


Surface Book 3 15 i7 16GB / 256GB


Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Fast graphics chip for games
  • Top display with touchscreen
  • Long battery life
  • Quietly

Cons

  • High price
  • Not upgradeable


Surface Book 3 13.5 i7 32GB / 512GB


Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Fast graphics chip for games
  • Top display with touchscreen
  • Long battery life
  • Quietly

Cons

  • High price
  • Not upgradeable


ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX551QS-HB137T


Per

  • Extremely high working pace
  • Very fast game speed ?? also in 4K
  • Very high image quality
  • Second display with touchscreen function
  • Lots of SSD storage

Cons

  • Very short battery life
  • Loud under full load


LifeBook U939X


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • High image quality
  • Dock and pen in the package
  • A lot of connections? including USB-C with Thunderbolt 3
  • LTE, WLAN-ac, Bluetooth 5.0

Cons

  • Unsuitable for games
  • A bit noisy under full load


Yoga C740-14 (81TC002R)


Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Good, high-contrast display
  • Long battery life
  • Precise touch screen
  • Fast WLAN-ax
  • Versatile in use

Cons

  • SSD storage scarce
  • Not for gamers


MateBook X Pro (2020)


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • Very bright display with a very high resolution
  • Very accurate color rendering
  • USB-C adapter for HDMI and VGA

Cons

  • A bit noisy under full load


Yoga 6 13


Per

  • Fast work pace
  • High color fidelity screen
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • RAM not expandable
  • No memory card reader

Complete list: the best laptops

Medion Akoya E14304 in the test: 14 inches, 1,440 grams

The format is unusual: The Medion notebook is not a large 15.6-inch device and not a measly 12- or 13-inch device ?? With its 14-inch display, it’s a good compromise and, at 1,440 grams, it’s also nice and light. This is made possible by a mix of materials: the display lid is made of high-quality aluminum, the base assembly with keyboard and technology are encased by the manufacturer in lightweight plastic. The processing is absolutely fine? There are no sharp edges, large gaps or creaking noises from the case.

Medion Akoya E14304: Test © COMPUTER BILD

In the Medion Akoya E14304, the webcam is located on the upper edge of the screen, despite the narrow display frame, and not on the lower edge of the screen, as is the case with some other Aldi notebooks. So there are no involuntarily comical recordings of your own likeness.

Matt but pale display

On top of that, the display doesn’t annoy with reflections, but the matt surface of the anti-glare screen swallows the brilliance. The Aldi notebook shows photos and videos with pale colors. In addition, the Medion is not so accurate with the color representation, the color fidelity was only 90 percent in the test. That doesn’t bother when working with Office programs or on the Internet, but it does when editing photos and videos. After all, the Aldi notebook can display image content with a very high contrast (1,327: 1) if required, but the maximum brightness of 297 candelas per square meter is a bit low for outdoor use in lots of sunshine.


AMD instead of Intel

Medion Akoya E14304: Test © COMPUTER BILD

On the left, the Aldi notebook Medion Akoya E14304 has the socket for charging the battery, an HDMI connection for separate monitors, a USB-C socket for external SSDs and a memory card reader.

SSD with little memory




Quiet, but not a cross-country skier

Great: Even under full load, the built-in fan doesn’t have to protect the CPU from burning out with high and annoyingly loud speeds? the Medion works nice and quiet and stays pleasantly cool on the underside and back. In the battery life test, however, the Medion did not stain itself with fame: When working it managed four hours and 44 minutes without a socket, while video playback was a good five hours ?? these are only acceptable values. And despite the comparatively strong 65-watt power adapter, it takes more than three hours for the 45-watt-hour battery to be full again.

Test results
processor

AMD Ryzen 3 4300U

Graphics chip

AMD Radeon RX Vega 5

Display

14 inches (1920×1080 pixels)

Dimensions

32.3 x 22.1.4 x 2.2 centimeters

Weight

1,440 grams, power supply: 383 grams

Tempo with Office / Tempo in video editing

fast (76.3%) / fast (60.8%)

Game speed (1920×1080 pixels / 3840×2160 pixels)

very choppy (17/7 frames per second)

Accuracy of color representation /

Contrast /

Brightness distribution (deviation) /

Image change (reaction time)

very low (90.1%) /

very high (1,327: 1) /

somewhat high (8.7%) /

somewhat long (16.9 ms)

Image quality (visual test on the display)

high (pale colors)

Battery life (work / video) / charging time

acceptable (4:44 / 5:11) / 3:11 hours

Noises (office / video / full load / games)

quiet (0.6 sone / 0.2 sone / 1.9 sone / 1.9 sone)

RAM (built-in / expandable to a maximum)

8 GB / not possible

Storage (size, type)

238 GB / Phison S11-256G-PHISON-SSD-B27

connections

1x headphone / microphone combo socket, 1x HDMI, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 type C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 type A

Radio links

WLAN-ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2

Using the keyboard /
of the touchpad

comfortable (quite good pressure point, layout takes some getting used to) /

comfortable (comfortably large, slightly rough surface)

Operation of the touch screen

unavailable

Medion Akoya E14304 in the test: conclusion

Plan an extra hour for battery charging? Whining at a high level. Okay, the display could be more brilliant, but it doesn’t reflect. And a fast WLAN-ax would be great, as would an SSD with more storage. But the new Aldi notebook costs only 429 euros. And in this price range, the Medion Akoya E14304 is one of the best notebooks currently available: It is beautifully compact and light, it works quickly, and it remains pleasantly quiet and cool.

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