Originally Posted by Timothy
Some years ago, the economic situation in Germany was a lot better than it is now. People bought their food at the normal supermarkets. Aldi was considered to be a supermarket for immigrants and poor people (sad, but true). Then suddenly the economy collapsed (not as bad as in the 1920' but people had less money than before, talking about "New Economy" and Internet companies) and people found out, that Aldi isn't as bad as they thought before. In fact a lot of products sold at Aldi are manufactured by well known companies like Kraft, only under a different (fantasy) name. The quality of the food and electronic devices is now very good, but you haven't got the selection of normal supermarkets. I read a test last month, and the Aldi (Medion) PC won against an IBM PC.
Today, you can even buy books like "Cooking with Aldi products" or "Better living with Aldi" (in normal bookstores, not at Aldi).
Thanks, that's odd how a negative perception developed, despite the obvious quality of what was being sold.
The local reviewers here were very impressed with the Aldi's Medion from last year (the 3.04 GigHz one). In one case, the electronics section of one newspaper reported on how they had just been sent an over A$5000 suped up, power house computer to review. And just after getting it, the A$1700 Aldi's computer arrived. They thought a comparison might be fun.
They reported how, on paper, by the Êinstalled components, the suped up computer should have run rings around the Aldi's Medion.
Instead, the Medion comfortably outperformed the geek's computer.
Apparently, you can't just get the best computer bits, stick them together, and get a fabulous computer. It has to be better thought out than that, and they gave Medion full marks for that.
Also, that model Medion also comfortably matched the performance of many more expensive computers in comprehensive tests done by an Australian PC magazine.