Starting next week, the discounter Aldi will sell a TV with a gigantic 82 inch diagonal. There is also a 65-inch television. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON reveals what the devices are good for.
From February 25th, TVs will be available again in the Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord online shops . TECHNOLOGY BUTTON took a close look at the giant model at Aldi Süd and the smaller alternative at Aldi Nord.
Medion X17882 (82 inches) for 1099 euros
From February 25th, Aldi delivers a real TV monster on offer. With a screen diagonal of 82 inches, the television almost competes with a projector. With an edge length of almost two meters (1832 mm) there should also be enough space to set it up.
The television has a 4K UHD panel (3840 x 2160 pixel resolution) appropriate to the enormous diagonal. The panel supports High Dynamic Range (HDR10) for true-to-color image reproduction and deep black tones. It is an LC display with LED backlighting. The X17882 has integrated WLAN and can therefore also access the Internet wirelessly. A browser and apps for streaming services and media libraries are pre-installed. Among them is the Netflix app. A news portal and games are also available ex works. You can also access HbbTV thanks to an internet connection. There you can find further information about programs or missed programs at the push of a button. The wireless display function is also possible via WLAN. This allows you to stream content directly from your smartphone to TV using the free Medion app.
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With a maximum brightness of 350 nits (candela per square meter), the X17882 is also suitable for brighter interiors. According to the offer details, the static contrast ratio is 5000: 1. This results in a weak dynamic ratio of 10,000: 1. Two 8 watt speakers are available for audio playback.
Connectivity and connections
The X17882 has three USB ports for playing media as well as recording programs directly on USB devices. There are also three HDMI ports with HDCP 2.2 support for encrypted content, as well as a network connection (LAN), a VGA port, cinch connection, a headphone jack and an optical audio output (SPDIF). A triple tuner for receiving DVB-C (cable), DVB-T2 (antenna) and DVB-S2 (satellite) and a slot for a CI + module are also on board. The scope of delivery includes a stand and a remote control including batteries.
TECHNOLOGY BUTTON says:
For an 82-inch television, the X17882 from Aldi is pretty cheap. Features like Dolby Vision or at least HDR10 + are missing and the “smart” scope is limited. But a smart TV with a full range of functions is easily more than 300 euros more expensive. The offer is available exclusively from Aldi Süd – and only online. There is also no comparable model on the Medion side, where the limit is 75 inches.
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Medion Life X16596 (65 inches) for 579 euros
Unfortunately, you cannot buy the 82-inch TV at Aldi Nord. As an alternative, the discounter only offers the well-known Medion Life X16596 online exclusively. The device has already been for sale several times – but at a different price.
The Medion Life X16569 has an LCD panel with a screen diagonal of 65 inches. The panel has 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) and supports High Dynamic Range (HDR10) and Dolby Vision – both should ensure true-color image reproduction and deep black tones. The screen reaches a maximum brightness of 350 nits (candelas per square meter). It has a rather poor static contrast ratio of only 1200: 1 (28,000: 1 dynamic). This could be a numerical error, especially since the information is incorrectly entered in the product details. After all, according to the product page, the panel supports micro dimming. The technology individually adjusts the background lighting of different image sections, for example to darken black areas more.
A triple tuner enables broadcasts to be received via DVB-C (cable), DVB-T2 (antenna) and DVB-S2 (satellite), and there is a slot for CI + modules or SmartCard. In addition, the Smart TV can also access the Internet via WLAN, apps for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and a browser are preinstalled. The device also supports HbbTV for more information about current programs and repetitions of missed programs directly from the Internet. Other smart functions are the wireless display, with which you can play content from the smartphone on the smart TV, and compatibility with the Medion Life Remote app, which you can use to control the television via the smartphone.
Sound and connections
The television has two 12-watt stereo speakers with DTS certification for audio output. An additional 2 watt subwoofer is also installed. The connections are four HDMI ports with HDCP 2.2 support for encrypted content, as well as two USB ports for playing media and for recording broadcasts directly on USB devices. The television supports the playback of media with the modern H.265 codec (HEVC). There is also a network connection, VGA port, Cinch connection, a headphone jack and an optical audio output (SPDIF). The scope of delivery includes a stand and a remote control including batteries.
TECHNOLOGY BUTTON says:
The Medion Life X16500 is an average 4K television with a smart TV function. The price is okay, but comparable devices from well-known manufacturers cost similarly. The problem is that Aldi already had the television on offer for only 474 euros at the end of 2020. So it can be done better, which is why TECHNOLOGY BUTTON does not recommend it.
TECHNOLOGY BUTTON means
“Of the two TV models that will be available from Aldi next week, only the larger one is actually worthwhile. At 1099 euros, the 82-inch device is only 100 euros more expensive than a 75-inch device from Medion itself. In addition, Aldi undercuts the competition by several hundred euros. Unfortunately the offer is only valid for Aldi Süd. Customers at Aldi Nord literally do NOT look into the tube, because the 65-inch device that is for sale there is hardly worth it. Both devices are only available online at Aldi Liefer. ”