Medion Akoya S15449 in the test: 15.6-inch laptop
The current version of the Medion Akoya S15449 is a full-fledged 15.6-inch notebook and thus hits the golden mean: It is not too puny like a 13-inch laptop that you don’t want to work with for a whole working day, but not too bulky like a 17-inch device that you don’t want to drag into the office every day. A shame: Despite the comparatively large construction, the Medion does not have a separate number pad. Only Excel workers who have to perpetuate columns of numbers in tables every day are likely to miss this.
The keyboard could offer a more precise, harder stroke. Texts could still be typed quite comfortably in the test. The buttons are also spaced enough so that you do not accidentally press two buttons. Great: The keyboard can be illuminated if desired, ideal for use in gloomy rooms. The touchpad should be a bit bigger – but that’s complaining on a high level, in the test it implemented inputs quickly and precisely.
Also good: The display is anti-glare and therefore does not annoy with reflections from windows or objects in the back or from ceiling lights. The 15.6-inch screen shows content such as websites, documents, photos and videos in full HD with 1920×1080 pixels on its almost 40 centimeter screen diagonal. Disadvantage: The anti-reflective coating means that the colors don’t look so crisp, rather a bit pale. Good for it: Thanks to IPS technology, the display has stable viewing angles, the image changes quite jaggedly, there are no ugly streaks in fast film scenes.
Nevertheless, it is logical that Office programs do not bother the CPU at all, and it also handled power-hungry photo and video editing very quickly in the test. Only when gaming does it get tight, because the onboard GPU Iris XE from Intel only manages simple games like “The Sims” in full HD resolution smoothly. Newer titles only jerk across the display in slow motion.
After all, the Aldi notebook goes online via fast WLAN-ax (Wifi 6), and Bluetooth version 5.0 is available for synchronization with smartwatches. In addition, it scores with a comparatively large number of connections: It has an HDMI connection for separate monitors, and the USB socket, thanks to Displayport technology, also handles the connection of screens, but also external SSDs. In addition, there are two USB 3.2 Type A sockets for printers and hard drives, a USB 2.0 connection for a separate mouse and a headset socket. The Medion also has a memory card reader.
There is nothing to complain about with the equipment of the Medion Akoya S15449 (MD63945), the performance offered by the device in the practical test is also good. The discounter estimates 799 euros for the new Aldi notebook. In view of the ever increasing prices for current technology, this is more than fair. A comparable alternative to Windows 11? The price comparison did not list at the time of the test. Only significantly more expensive. For example, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 15 with Windows 11 for 1,199 euros.