Aldi has not only gaming PCs but also laptops on offer this week. But is it worth buying the new gaming notebooks? GIGA does the technology check!
Medion Erazer Defender P10: Gaming laptop from Aldi for 1,300 euros
It starts with the cheaper of the two models: the Medion Erazer Defender P10. The gaming laptop will be delivered via the Aldi Süd “Aldi delivers” program from February 25, 2021, i.e. Thursday next week, at the price of 1,299 Euros sold.
But what is actually the hardware in the discounter's gaming notebook? The processor used is an i7-10750H with 6 cores that clocks at up to 5.0 GHz. The graphics card is based on an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB of VRAM. The gaming laptop is rounded off with 16 GB DDR4 RAM with a clock frequency of 3.2000 MHz and a 1 TB PCIe SSD that offers massively fast storage.
The 15.6-inch IPS display has a full HD resolution, but a fast refresh rate has been dispensed with. The screen only offers 60 Hz. That is a shame, because the combination of graphics card and processor offers enough potential for frame rates well beyond 60 FPS in many games.
The battery's capacity is also quite meager at 49 Wh. With normal use, the gaming laptop goes out after a few hours. A plus point: Windows 10 Home is already pre-installed, and Aldi also gives the 2.44 kilogram laptop a 3-year guarantee. That is very commendable.
With the Medion Erazer Defender P10, Aldi Süd offers a fairly round gaming laptop, but its potential is not fully exploited. Above all, the lack of a 120 or 144 Hz screen is noticeable – this should now be standard for a € 1,300 gaming laptop.
Somewhat better: the XMG Core 15 for 1,299 euros, which is currently on offer at Saturn. The gaming laptop has a 120 Hz display and a larger battery. Windows 10 is also preinstalled on the device. Only the capacity of the PCIe SSD is smaller at 500 GB. All in all, the better offer.
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Medion Erazer Deputy P10: Expensive gaming notebook at the discounter
Aldi Nord will also be offering a new gaming laptop for sale from February 25, 2021 through the "Aldi delivers" program: the Medion Erazer Deputy P10 for 1,349 euros. Compared to the Aldi Süd model, the price is 50 euros higher – but is that also noticeable? We took a look at the technical data.
At first glance at the data sheet, both Aldi gaming laptops look like an egg to the other. The same i7 processor and the same Nvidia RTX 2060 are used in both devices. There are no differences in the display either – again just a Full HD screen with 60 Hz.
But with the RAM there is the first surprise: The Medion Erazer Deputy P10 also offers 16 GB DDR4 RAM, but it only clocks with a maximum of 2,666 MHz – even though the gaming notebook from Aldi Nord is 50 euros more expensive. But that's not all! The amount of PCIe SSD storage is also reduced in the “premium model”. Instead of 1 TB there is only 512 GB.
But there are also advantages over the cheap version from Aldi Süd. The battery capacity is slightly higher at 60 Wh, and the laptop is 2.28 kilograms lighter than its counterpart from the south. The product design looks a bit more high-quality, modern and edgy – but that's a matter of taste.
The bottom line is that we can again recommend the XMG Core 15, which is on offer at Saturn, as a better alternative in this case.
All in all, both gaming laptops that Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd will be offering for sale online from February 25th are not real price hit. The missing 120 Hz display is simply a no-go in this price range. By the way, if you are looking for a new notebook for the home office, you will currently find it at the discounter.