- 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
- 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
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.