Medion Akoya E16402 in the test: 16-inch Aldi notebook

The Medion Akoya E16402 (MD63830) was only for sale at Aldi at the end of July 2021 – a 16-inch notebook that the discounter was selling for 599 euros. From August 26th, the Medion Akoya E16402 will be available again in the Aldi-Nord and Aldi-Süd branches – but this time as the MD63900 equipment variant. Cost: only 499 euros. Where has the manufacturer started the red pencil? What is better, what is worse? COMPUTER BILD had the new Aldi notebook Medion Akoya E16402 (MD63900) in the test.

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Medion Akoya E16402 in the test: large format

With its exactly 16.1 inch screen (40.5 centimeters screen diagonal), the Medion Akoya E16402 ranks between the popular 15.6 inch notebooks and the huge 17.3 inch laptops. It is therefore less suitable for daily transport from A to B, but rather as a replacement for a desktop PC. Its dimensions of 37×24.5×2.29 centimeters make this clear: it is almost as big as an A3 page, but the weight of 1.95 kilograms is not too high for a notebook of this size. There are no differences in this respect to the Medion Akoya E16402 (MD63830) offered at the end of July.
Medion Akoya E16402: review
Good for Excel & Co .: The Medion Akoya E16402 has a separate number pad.

The inner workings

But inside: Instead of a mid-range Core i5 processor, only an entry-level Core i3 processor works under the hood – at least from Intel’s cutting-edge Tiger Lake series. The Core i3-1115G4 is a dual-core processor, the processing units of which work with a base rate of 1.7 gigahertz, and turbo technology allows a core to briefly run at up to 4.1 gigahertz. The processor is supported by an 8 gigabyte RAM, which is not particularly large – but that’s okay for a 499 euro notebook.

Retrofittable SSD

Also okay for this price range: Windows 10, programs, photos, videos and music are stored on a fast PCI Express 3.0 M.2 SSD in a chewing gum stick, large M.2 format and effectively 477 gigabytes of memory. Is that not enough for you? No problem. The Akoya E16402 has an easily accessible compartment for an additional SSD on the bottom (see picture below). A cheap M.2 SATA SSD or another, fast PCI Express 3.0 M.2 SSD in the 22×80 millimeter format fit in there.
Medion Akoya E16402: review
Install additional storage quickly? No problem, behind a small flap on the underside of the Medion Akoya E16402 is a slot for SSDs in M.2 format.

USB-C with DisplayPort and Power Delivery

The notebook battery can be charged with the supplied power supply unit. Or: If you have a USB-C power supply with Power Delivery or an external monitor with USB connection and charging function, you can also refuel your notebook via USB-C. Then a cable is often enough in the home office, because the USB-C socket has a built-in DisplayPort and can thus also transmit the image signal. If you only have a monitor with HDMI input – no problem, this connection can also be found on the Medion. In addition, the notebook has a USB 2.0 port for separate mice or printers, and a memory card reader is also built in.
Medion Akoya E16402: review
On the left, the Medion Akoya E16402 has the socket for the power supply, an HDMI connection, a USB-C socket and a memory card reader.

Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.1

Also good: The new Aldi notebook goes wirelessly via fast Wifi 6 (also called WLAN-ax), for synchronization with smartwatches or tablet PCs it has Bluetooth version 5.1.
Medion Akoya E16402: review
On the right, the Medion Akoya E16402 has a headset connection, a USB 2.0 socket and a switch that can be used to deactivate the built-in webcam.

Medion Akoya E16402 in the test: assessment

The biggest difference compared to the Medion Akoya E16402 (MD63830) offered at the end of July is the processor. Instead of a Core i5 CPU, the new Medion Akoya E16402 (MD63900) only works with a Core i3 processor. The current Aldi notebook therefore doesn’t work quite as quickly as its predecessor. The rest of the equipment seems identical after this first check. Note: The new Aldi notebook Medion Akoya E16402 (MD63900) is currently still in the test laboratory. COMPUTER BILD will publish the exact test results for the working pace, the image quality and the battery life here shortly.



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