Medion Erazer X6811 review

A great-value gaming laptop with a strong design and surprising portability

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Connectivity
  • Powerful graphics

Against

  • Screen not as sharp as we would like
  • Average battery life

German manufacturer Medion has entered the gaming laptop market with the Erazer X6811, a powerful portable that comes in at under £1000.

With Intel Core i5 power and Nvidia graphics on board, this gamer offers excellent value for money.

Most gaming laptops feature a garish, eye-catching design, but Medion has opted for a more conservative look here. The brushed aluminium finish is smart and attractive and the chassis is firm, with only a hint of flex along the right edge.

It's quite chunky at 54mm, but the 3.3kg weight makes this one of the lightest gaming laptops we've seen.

The 213 minutes of battery power is average considering the high-powered components used here.

The Intel Core i5 460M processor is backed up by 4096MB of memory and we found performance excelled. The latest games run smoothly even on top detail levels, helped considerably by the dedicated Nvidia GPU featuring an impressive 1536MB of video memory. Multimedia tasks such as editing video are a breeze.

While the 15.6-inch display isn't as sharp as we would have liked, it still produces satisfying detail when gaming and is highly vibrant. The viewing angle is quite narrow, but the screen can easily be tilted far back to help you find the perfect position.

Usability is good, thanks to a well laid out isolation-style keyboard. Each key is separated from its neighbours by a gap, so you're less likely to hit the wrong key when touch-typing or playing games.

Decent usability

Most of the keys are a comfortable size, even with the addition of a separate numeric pad, although the Return key has been squashed to fit in a single row. There's also a little flex in the centre of the board, but the action isn't too spongy as a result.

We found the touchpad to be smooth and responsive, although hardcore gamers will want to plug in a mouse. Four USB ports allow plenty of space for attaching peripherals and two of them use the latest, high-speed USB 3.0 technology.

Medion has also packed in an ExpressCard port, an SD Card reader, an eSATA port and both VGA and HDMI connections for hooking up an external monitor. Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi are on board for speedy wired and wireless networking.

The 640GB hard drive provides a generous amount of storage for your games and media collections, and there's even a second hard drive slot in place to easily upgrade if you run out of space.

Considering the low price, we were highly impressed by the power and quality offered by the Erazer X6811. Strong build quality, a subtle design and surprising portability round off a great gaming machine.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 460M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time2.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
GPSNo
eSATAYes
FireWire/i.LINKNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
DisplayPortNo
WimaxNo
Product FamilyERAZER X6811
Processor Modeli5-460M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameMedion
Processor Speed2.53 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.50 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.50 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height56 mm
Width390 mm
Depth264 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesX6811
ManufacturerMEDION International
Product ModelMD97623
Product NameERAZER X6811 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineERAZER
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMD97623
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.medion.com
Package Contents
  • ERAZER X6811 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • User Manual
  • Application and Support Disc
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Recovery DVDs
Limited Warranty1 Year