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Medion Erazer X6813 (MD97762) review

Ardjuna Seghers



Our Score



  • Bargain price
  • Relatively powerful graphics
  • Great overall spec
  • Good connectivity
  • 1080p screen


  • Average keyboard
  • No keyboard backlighting
  • Glossy screen
  • Poor 2.1 speakers
  • Noisy under load

Review Price £899.00

Key Features: 15.6in, 1920 x 1080 screen; Nvidia GeForce GTX460M with 1.5GB RAM; Intel quad-core Core i7; 8GB RAM, 750GB 7,200rpm HDD; Bluetooth, Blu-ray, USB 3.0, eSATA

Manufacturer: Medion

While devices like the iPad 2 and Windows tablets such as the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700t allow you to game on the go, they’re not machines made for ‘proper’ gaming and don’t have the power to run the latest titles in all their glory. If this is something you’re after or you just want to be able to move your gaming rig about easily, a gaming laptop is the best solution. We’ve seen some laptop bargains from Medion in the past, but this is the first time we’ll be looking at one of its gaming laptops: the Erazer X6813.

On paper, this beast has it all. The MD97762 version of the X6813 crams a Full HD resolution into its 15.6in screen, while its brushed-metal-effect chassis packs a quad-core Sandy Bridge Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a fast 750GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M graphics and a Blu-ray drive. And that’s in addition to niceties like an integrated subwoofer, nine-cell battery, analogue surround sound jacks, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and eSATA.

Overall a pretty impressive specs and features list then, but it’s not nearly as impressive as the £900 price Medion will sell it to you for. Considering similar configurations from other brands will easily set you back £1,200 or more, it would appear to be a bit of a bargain. So will this Erazer be the best portable gaming deal since the MSI GT680, or have a few too many corners been cut?

Design certainly doesn’t betray budget roots. Inevitably chunky, as all powerful gaming laptops are, the Erazer X6813 has some attractive angles and a matt, brushed metal-look plastic lid subtly emblazoned with the chromed Medion and Erazer logos. This finish not only prevents unsightly fingerprints, but is also a little more rugged than the glossy finishes found on many rivals (including the MSI).

The angled lines of its chassis remain consistent throughout the Erazer’s design, extending to a media bar above the keyboard and the touchpad’s buttons. The brushed plastic finish continues on the inside, with glossy strips demarking the screen and keyboard. Bling is kept to a minimum, with only some blue floodlights shining onto your desk from the laptop’s front edge - and if you’re not too fond of these, they can be turned off at the touch of a dedicated button.

Build quality is also very good, and though not quite on a level with more expensive rivals like the Dell Alienware M14x or Asus ROG G73Jh, this still puts the Erazer miles above some of the cheap chassis we’ve seen from the likes of Clevo in the past.

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October 5, 2011, 11:02 pm

This is an oem MSI GT683


October 6, 2011, 4:18 pm

What I'd love to see is a review of the Medion Erazer X6815 model. £699 for i7 2630 with 4Gb RAM, 640 hard drive and nvidia 555M.


October 6, 2011, 7:31 pm

We were actually most interested in getting in the £750 X6813 (MD97831), because trust me, the GTX 460M SIGNIFICANTLY outperforms a GT 555M. Well worth the £50 extra. Unfortunately the sample available was for the higher spec.


October 7, 2011, 5:36 pm

Thanks for that response. I wasn't aware of that model... hmmm and only an extra £50? I could probably slide that by the wife...


October 10, 2011, 6:50 pm

You're welcome.
That model really is the gaming-laptop bargain of the year :)


October 21, 2011, 3:31 pm

MD97762 is not on Medion website!


October 22, 2011, 4:54 pm

I'm a bit confused by their X6817 model. i7-2670QM processor, GTX560M, SSD + HDD, 8GB etc *BUT* they've ditched the bluray and full HD screen for a DVD drive and a 1366x768 screen. WTF? Why, Medion, why? Only answer is to make it even more specialised for gaming I guess, but it will assume an external monitor I think. Even 1400 or 1600 would have been welcome.


October 25, 2011, 1:30 am

Just a quick update - I've confirmed with Medion that there is no model with full HD and GTX560M, and they wouldn't be drawn on imminent additions. Woe is me.


October 25, 2011, 1:32 am

Oh and I might have to just bite the bullet and go to Novatech for a similar chassis with non-glossy full HD.


November 2, 2011, 6:56 pm

How can you give a recommendation for a product that does not exist?
Just as Medion have remove the MD97762, should you not amend your review?


March 21, 2012, 2:43 pm

Please proof read the article. This does not have a GTX640M gfx chip and is very misleading = not good.

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