Medion Erazer X7825 review

This laptop's got the gaming grunt, but does it have all-round portable prowess?

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If we're talking core competence, for the Medion Erazer X7825 (MD 98414) that means gaming and that's something it does pretty well, indeed. Unfortunately a few detail snafus in terms of the detail spec prevent it from being an overall winner.

We liked

When it comes to CPU and GPU performance, we've no beef with the Medion Erazer. The CPU is all you'll ever need. We'd like a little more GPU grunt, but that's always the case in a portable.

The GeForce GTX 770M graphics ranks highly in Nvidia's mobile graphics hiearchy. Which just goes to show there are limitations to what can be achieved.

The Medion's display is also decent if not spectacular, ditto the sound quality, which certainly isn't short on volume.

We disliked

The biggie here is hard drive performance. This laptop desperately needs an SSD to improve its all round performance. The lone magnetic hard drive simply isn't good enough.

The Medion also kicks up a serious sonic stink when the CPU is heavily loaded. Factor in clock throttling on the CPU and we suspect the thermal management could do with a bit of a going over.

The way power management for the two graphics cores is set up by default also needs looking into. It will be very confusing for some buyers.

At 3.8kg plus power supply, this is also no flyweight. But we're reluctant to hold that against it. IF you want a powerful gaming portable, a hefty kerb weight comes with the territory.

Final verdict

It's a tricky situation when a laptop does well at its primary purpose but fails horribly elsewhere. Most of the time, storage performance isn't going to have much impact on your gaming experience, though when it does you'll be very annoyed.

If all you ever want to do on a laptop is game, then the fact that Medion hasn't specified an SSD is probably tolerable. But if you want to do even fairly superficial non-gaming tasks, that magnetic drive is going to send you borderline bonkers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 770M, HD 4600
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyERAZER X7825
Processor Modeli7-4700MQ
ColourDark Brushed Aluminum
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameMedion
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.82 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM87 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports5
Height55 mm
Width428 mm
Depth288 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesX7825
ManufacturerMEDION International
Product NameERAZER X7825 Laptop
Product LineERAZER
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMD98414
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe ultimate gaming notebook - get a tough one!
The basis for the intelligent performance of the MEDION® ERAZER® X7825 is its new Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ processor - be more productive than ever before, with the high-performance fourth-generation Intel® Core™ processors! The Intel® processor automatically adjusts to higher performance demands and activates the Turbo Boost feature just when you need it. Ultimate gaming enjoyment is guaranteed by the brand new high-end NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770M DirectX® 11 gaming graphics that deliver unbeatable performance for the latest games and help you to leave the competition in your wake. Windows 8 is installed as the operating system - it is faster, more reliable and simplifies your daily tasks.
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ERAZER X7825 Laptop
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Warranty Card
  • Safety Instructions
  • Quick Start Instructions
  • Windows 8 Recovery DVD
  • MEDION Application and Support Disc
Limited Warranty1 Year