Medion Akoya E15302 in the test: Aldi notebook with AMD technology

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It doesn’t always have to be a laptop with an Intel processor: the Aldi notebook Medion Akoya E15302 with AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U worked in the test about as fast as notebooks with Intel’s Core i5 CPU. The workmanship is good, as is the equipment, the option of simply retrofitting a second M.2 SSD is by no means common.

Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Second M.2 SSD can be easily retrofitted thanks to the maintenance flap
  • USB-C connection with Displayport technology
  • Low weight for a 15.6 inch device

Cons

  • Few connections
  • Somewhat short battery life
  • RAM firmly soldered

Editor’s test grade

2.9

satisfying

S.Silver housing, the cover made of aluminum, the base made of plastic. 15.6-inch display, framed in beautifully narrow bezels: The Medion Akoya E15302 notebook, which will be available from Aldi Süd from August 27, 2020, looks chic, but is not a standard product, as this detailed test shows. And it’s not a newcomer: The same notebook was already available at the end of April 2020. The difference: The version now offered has 16 gigabytes of RAM instead of 8 gigabytes.

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Medion Akoya E15302 in the test: 1.9 kilograms

The Medion Akoya E15302 weighs exactly 1,878 grams. This is not extremely light for a 15.6-inch device, but it is also not extremely difficult for daily transport from A to B, even if the power supply increases the total weight by a further 383 grams. In addition, the Aldi notebook does not have too many connections, but all the important ones are available. There are for connecting separate Monitor an HDMI socket, for external SSDs a USB-C socket. Printers, on the other hand, connect users to the classic USB type A socket. There is also a socket for connecting headsets and a memory card reader for small microSD cards.

Medion Akoya E15302 (MD 63540): Review of the Aldi notebook © Medion

Right: Switch for deactivating the camera (1), USB type A socket (2), Headset connector (3).
Left: HDMI connection (4), USB-C socket (5), Memory card reader (6).

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Medion Akoya E15302 (MD 63540): Test of the Aldi notebook © COMPUTER BILD: Ingolf Leschke

If you don’t have enough memory: Loosen two screws, open the flap, insert a second M.2 SSD, done.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U


Nice and fast





A little bit of breath

The battery life, however, is only acceptable: In the test, the juice was enough for three and a half hours of work without a socket, while video playback was just under four hours. It also took a comparatively long time to refill the battery with energy: three hours and 23 minutes passed before the Medion was charged.

Medion Akoya E15302: test conclusion

It doesn’t always have to be a laptop with an Intel processor: the Aldi notebook Medion Akoya E15302 with AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U worked about as fast in the test as similarly equipped notebooks with Intel’s Core i5 CPU. The workmanship is good, as is the equipment. The option of simply retrofitting a second M.2 SSD is by no means common. The notebook will be available from Aldi Süd from August 27, 2020.

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