Medion Erazer X6819 review

  • £1200

A powerhouse gaming machine with an amazing 16GB of RAM

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Excellent performance
  • Good screen
  • 16GB of RAM
  • Connectivity
  • Blu-ray drive
  • Price

Against

  • Battery life
  • Portability

At a shade under £1,200, the Medion Erazer X6819 might not seem like the greatest bargain on the planet, but when you take a look at what this machine has to offer, it's obvious the price could easily be much, much higher.

As a gaming machine, the Erazer packs in some of the most advanced laptop technology. Because video games are so demanding, specifications have to be up to the task. But we get the impression that if this carried an Alienware, Qosmio or MSI logo, you could see another £500 added to the price.

Part of its appeal is that the Erazer doesn't really look like a gaming laptop. There aren't racks of LED lights, stripes of colour or an excess of chrome overlay. Instead, the Erazer is a solidly black, conventional laptop with an isolation-style keyboard, numeric keypad and a relatively small touchpad.

Core values

Medion has put the emphasis where it counts, instead - on the inside. The Erazer is powered by the Core i7-2670QM processor which was launched towards the end of last year and is one of the Intel's fastest laptop chips.

On top of this, Medion has packed the Erazer with a whopping 16GB of RAM. Most conventional £600 laptops still only come with 4GB, and the difference was clear as soon as we loaded up our benchmark tests. The Erazer screamed through the performance part of our testing easily and as soon as we loaded up some gaming, the Nvidia GeForce graphics card joined in.

The Erazer carries a GeForce GTX 570 GPU that offers an extra 1.5GB of dedicated video memory and is powerful enough to play even the latest games on the highest detail settings. Even if you're not a gamer, you might consider the Erazer for desktop publishing or editing purposes. The power under the hood means this laptop works just as well for music, photo or high-definition video editing.

Benchmarks

Battery Eater '05: 123 minutes
Cinebench: 17926
3DMark 2006: 17777

The Medion Erazer has a matte (non-reflective) screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution for 1080p gaming or movie watching. The picture is wonderfully crisp but what really impressed was the level of brightness we got.

The other thing you get for your money with the Medion Erazer is connectivity. There are four USB ports, two of which are the faster USB 3.0 format as well as four 3.5mm jacks for headphones and microphones. Medion has also included HDMI, eSata, VGA and Ethernet ports next to the power socket on the back of the laptop. And then there's the Blu-ray DVD/RW optical drive too.

Where the Erazer falls down - like other gaming machines - is portability. With 389 x 264 x 52mm dimensions and a 123-minute battery life, we doubt you'll be taking this laptop on a road trip across the country.

However, as a value-for-money gaming machine, the Medion Erazer X6819's appeal is undeniable.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 570M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive Capacity80 GB
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyERAZER X6819
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2670QM
ColourDark Brushed Aluminum
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameMedion
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.50 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.50 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height56 mm
Width395 mm
Depth268 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesX6819
ManufacturerMEDION International
Product ModelMD97908
Product NameERAZER X6819 15.6" Laptop
Pointing Device TypeTrack Pad
Product LineERAZER
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMD97908
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.medion.com
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ERAZER X6819 15.6" Laptop
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Warranty Card
  • Operating Instructions
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Recovery DVD
  • MEDION Application and Support Disc
Limited Warranty1 Year