So basically, every other component of the Erazer X6813 MD97762 is in place for stonking performance, and the graphics match up, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX460M sporting 1.5GB of dedicated video memory. While it doesn’t quite live up to its 500-series equivalent or the top-end GTX 580M, the 460 is nonetheless a very capable card, and the first one on the rungs that we would class as a ‘proper’ gaming chip.
This is revealed by a smooth 35.7fps average in Crysis (still one of the most graphically demanding titles out there) at High Detail, albeit with the resolution at 1,280 x 720. Kicking this up to the screen’s native 1,920 x 1,080 took things down to a barely playable 21.7fps, while notching detail up to maximum at 720p resulted in a similar 23.5fps average. Still, that’s excellent stuff by sub-£1,000 laptop standards. In older titles there will even be enough grunt to game at the 15.6in screen’s native Full HD resolution.
Just keep in mind that playing on battery at standard profile settings will halve your frame rate in intensive games. And speaking of battery, the Erazer’s 7,800mAh/68.6Wh unit kept the laptop running for four hours and 48 minutes in our light battery test (with screen brightness at 40 percent and wireless radios turned off). Though this was while using its integrated graphics, that’s still pretty impressive considering the CPU inside.
One downside of stuffing such powerful specs inside a smaller chassis is that the X6813 does get quite audible when under load. However, most of its rivals suffer from the same problem, and to date the Asus G73Jh is the only properly powerful gaming laptop we would call quiet.
Given its excellent performance across the board, Full HD screen and premium graphics, the Erazer X6813 MD97762’s £899 price (direct from Medion) makes it an unbeatable bargain. MSI has been one of our favourite value gaming laptop manufacturers till now, with its GT680R winning an award for sheer ‘clout for cash’ - indeed, the GT680R is actually the closest spec to today’s Medion. But there’s simply no contest, as the MSI will still set you back at least £1,200! A £300 saving is nothing to be sniffed at, especially when the Erazer also nets you a Blu-ray drive and more attractive chassis.
Medion’s 15.6in Erazer X6813 gaming laptops provide some of the best bargains to be had for true gaming performance in a mobile package, punching far above their price thanks to GTX460M graphics and Full HD screens across the range (even on the £750 base model) – a decision for which we can only applaud the German manufacturer. Our £899 MD97762 review configuration provides a mix of powerful components under its relatively attractive hood, with an average, non-backlit keyboard and poor speakers as our only real complaints. If you want a powerful gaming laptop without breaking the bank, the Erazer X6813s are unrivalled.