I just bought a new laptop, to replace my aging Toshiba. I bought the Medion MD 96500. ‘The what?’ I hear you ask. It’s a budget laptop sold by discount retailer Aldi. I got it because it was really high-spec, it wasn’t too expensive and I just couldn’t see the point in forking out a few hundred extra extra for a branded version of the same thing.
It cost me around EUR 1160 (exc VAT/sales tax) which is very inexpensive, considering it’s got a gigabyte of RAM, a transreflective 15.4″ screen and comes with a whole load of accessories like a TV tuner, a bag (which I needed), a mouse and a bunch of other extras.
I am really pleased with it. The RAM makes it go really fast, and it can handle applications like OpenOffice, which is free and which I now use in preference to Microsoft Office. I can also use Mozilla, Thunderbird and the Sunbird calendar (also free, but a bit memory-intensive if you put them all together) -. I can work with media from my Sony digital camera.
The interesting thing is that the electronics industry has become so commodified that you can get a machine like this at such a good price through a discount chain. The parts all come from big-name manufacturers (Intel, ATI, Samsung) and the build is as good or better than other laptops I’ve looked at, so why bother paying the premium for a branded machine. There’s also a three year guarantee, which gives some comfort.
There is style to consider, of course. The look of it is a bit plain, but I can sort that out later … check out the skin I applied to my sad old laptop a few weeks ago.
Update: According to my Internet searches, like David Hasselhof, Medion is big in Germany. One of the biggest manufacturers of retail electronics, in fact.
Well wear! It is true that Aldi stock good quality hardware. I guess when you are buying it in such large bulk you an afford to sell it on at an even better price.
I think most will operation over looks, if the specs are soo good.
Keep the old Tosh, we are using one here at home, and with a little more RAM (an extra 256MB) it runs nicely.