Medion Life X16513 is the first UHD TV from the German manufacturer. However, we did not see anything supernatural during the tests. The 65-inch TV showed a good picture and rich sound, but its equipment and Smart-TV functionality turned out to be very poor. All this means that we can consider this model from Medion only an inexpensive entry-level 4K TV for all those who will use an external media player in one way or another.
bright IPS panel
HDR and DTS support
low power consumption
underdeveloped Smart-TV system
limited selection of apps
Test results Medion Life X16513
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
13 out of 14
- Value for money: 93
- Image quality (50%): 75.9
- Sound quality (5%): 86.1
- Equipment (25%): 57.7
- Ergonomics (15%): 41.9
- Energy efficiency (5%): 78.6
4K and HDR for little money
Barring the exception of the Samsung UE65MU6179, there simply aren’t any 65-inch 4K TVs worth recommending for under €1,000. Medion wants to make a difference with the Life X16513 and promises better picture quality for “only” 999 euros.
On paper, the specifications of this model are really good: the 65-inch device offers a UHD resolution (3840x2160 pixels), a dynamic contrast ratio of 52000: 1 and HDR support for better color reproduction and contrast.
Within the walls of the test lab, we measured a respectable maximum brightness of 460 cd/m2, thanks to which the picture on the Medion remains bright even in well-lit rooms. The static contrast ratio turns out to be (and the IPS panel is to blame for this) relatively low — 1004:1, but the stability of the viewing angles compared to models equipped with classic VA panels is noticeably better. Thanks to HDR support, the colors and contrasts of the respective content look rich and natural.
Overall picture quality is good, whether the source is external devices such as Blu-ray players or the built-in triple tuner (DVB-T2/C/S2). The fact that this TV received only a good rating is due to the presence of much more expensive and “fancy” competitors in the rating.
The sound quality of the two 12W speakers is pleasant and sufficient for a home living room. But for those who place particular value on deep bass and detailed high frequencies, we advise you to use a separate sound system. In general, the results in the test disciplines “Image Quality” and “Sound Quality” do not leave reasons for nit-picking Medion Life X16513. The promised enjoyment of home theater can really be felt.
Weak point — equipment
The test results look quite different in the “Equipment” test category, where the downside of low cost becomes very noticeable. While more expensive competitors lure buyers in with top-end features like Ambiligh, smart voice control, and even a great selection of games, there’s not much to be found in the Medion Life X16513.
The TV has three HDMI ports, a VGA input, and two USB interfaces. The latter can serve both to play content from external sources, and to record current TV programs on connected hard drives. When choosing movies to watch, you should also take into account the fact that there is no DivX support.
The model can connect to the Internet via LAN or WLAN module. However, you will not have too much space for entertainment due to the limitations of Smart OS. For example, there are no Amazon Instant Video and Maxdome apps, and the expansion options are very limited compared to Android TV and similar systems. However, you can still use YouTube and Netflix. If these features are not enough, a media player will come to the rescue.
Without voice control and a second keypad remote control, controlling the Medion Life X16513 becomes relatively difficult. However, the TV does have a smartphone app that helps with setting it up.
Surprisingly Energy Efficient
We would like to point out the low level of energy consumption with a plus sign. In normal operation, despite not the most energy efficient IPS panel, the TV consumes only 100 watts, and this figure can be made even lower by activating the Eco-mode. Standby consumes 0.5W. This meets the requirements of the A+ energy efficiency label.
Alternative: Samsung UE65MU6179
Even more affordable and somewhat better equipped is the Samsung UE65MU6179. The 65-inch UHD TV has all the functionality of the Medion model we tested. It supports USB recording, has a DivX codec, and offers a much more advanced operating system. The quality of the image and sound is about the same as that of the Medion Life, and only the maximum brightness is a little lower — a small drawback that the price tag of the device will help to get along with: about 70,000 rubles.
Photo: manufacturing companies
Characteristics and test results of Medion Life X16513
|Screen and backlight type|
|Image quality: HD TV|
|Image quality: Blu-ray|
|3D: glasses included|
|Horizontal viewing angle (1/2 max contrast)|
|Vertical Viewing Angle (1/2 Max Contrast)|
|Power consumption during operation|
|Standby Power Consumption|
|Power saving mode|
|Stand: swivel joint|
|Digital Cable TV Tuner|
|Digital satellite TV tuner|
|Connectors: Composite (FBAS)|
|Smart TV: Facebook|
|Smart TV: Amazon Instant Video|
|Smart TV: Netflix|
|Smart TV: Maxdome|
|Smart TV: Erweiterbar|
|Smart TV: Installing additional software|
|Smart TV: Browser|
|USB: TV recording|
|Network: DLNA support|
|Digital audio output|
|Dimensions (with stand)|
|Width (without stand)|
|screen inch price|