Medion Erazer X6811 review

Medion deliver a super-powered, feature-packed gaming laptop for a bargain price

5
Price when reviewed 
949

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Gaming laptops are a funny bunch. They’re usually far pricier than your average laptop, and, with high-end components belching heat from burly, barely-portable chassis, you certainly wouldn’t want one on your lap for any length of time. They do, however, fill a niche for those who want to game without the space-consuming bulk of a desktop system. Medion’s latest, the Erazer X6811, breaks tradition not in its configuration, nor its size, but with its sub-£1,000 price.

One look at the Medion’s muscle-bound chassis leaves little doubt as to how it’s managed such a budget-squeezing feat. There’s acres of plastic, a pair of lacklustre blue LED strips gleaming from the front edge (which, thankfully, can be turned off) and, once you get up close, a somewhat plasticky, built-to-a-budget feel. There is a concerted effort to mimic the aluminium chassis of pricier rivals with a faux-brushed metal finish, not to mention the fact that the X6811’s rugged, chamfered contours actually feel pretty solid, but it’s clear where the money’s gone: it’s all on the inside.

Medion Erazer X6811 - front

And that, it has to be said, is no bad thing. For £949, Medion has managed to cram in a 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor, a high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX460M graphics chipset, 4GB of memory and a huge 640GB hard disk. It’s an impressive achievement at the price, and one that, at a glance, guarantees the Medion is worthy of its gaming laptop title.

Put the Erazer to the test, and it doesn’t disappoint. Firing through our application benchmarks with an overall score of 1.74 proves that the Medion’s no slouch when it comes to mundane tasks. Ask it to do something a little more strenuous, however, and it relishes the challenge. The Nvidia GeForce GTX460M is about as quick as laptop graphics get, and with Crysis cranked up to High quality settings, running at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, the Medion still returned a playable result of 28fps. At the Erazer’s native resolution of 1,366 x 768, it’s possible to push settings up to Very High and still achieve an average of 27fps.

If you were expecting the Medion’s high-powered components to leave battery life languishing (we did), think again. The 7,800mAh battery can only do so much, but 4hrs 23mins in our light use test is good for such a powerful laptop.

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Warranty

Warranty2 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions390 x 270 x 40mm (WDH)
Weight3.120kg
Travelling weight4.2kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i5-460M
Motherboard chipsetIntel PM55
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX460M
Graphics card RAM1.50GB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity640GB
Hard disk usable capacity596GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskSamsung HM641JI
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveTSSTcorp SN-083F
Battery capacity7,800mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots1
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)2
FireWire ports0
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks4
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating3.0mp
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use4hr 23min
Battery life, heavy use1hr 38min
Overall application benchmark score1.74
Office application benchmark score1.62
2D graphics application benchmark score1.72
Encoding application benchmark score1.52
Multitasking application benchmark score2.10
3D performance (crysis) low settings80fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedN/A

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