Medion Erazer X6813 (MD97762)

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Pros

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

Cons

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

Key Features

  • Review Price: £899.00
  • 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

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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