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Medion Erazer X6813 review

Big performance with an affordable price tag

Medion erazer x6813

The Medion Erazer X6813 stands up very well against competition from Alienware and its M11XR3 and M18X notebooks, and also MSI's similarly specc'd GT680.

At the same price point, Alienware's M11XR3 falls behind in gaming performance but does offer superlative build quality and the Haile Gebrselassie of batteries. The M18X is a frankly ridiculous beast, priced at £2,318, but it's about as mobile as an OAP.

We liked

Medion has done a lot right with the Erazer X6813 gaming notebook. The crucial components are all top-notch. A Sandy Bridge CPU isn't to be sniffed at and will excel in multithreaded applications, thanks to its eight available threads.

The component that gamers really care about is the GPU, and again Medion is on the money by sticking an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M inside the Erazer X6813.

In mobile discrete GPU terms it's just been pushed out of the limelight by Nvidia's new Optimus cards, the GTX 570M and GTX 580M, but it still has more than enough clout to generate playable frame rates from demanding DX11 games, thanks to some solid Fermi architecture.

What the GPU gives the Medion Erazer X6813 in performance, the CPU and RAM add to with aplomb, and for just over a grand the gaming performance it offers looks almost bargainous.

We disliked

The problem is, the whole notion of mobile gaming doesn't stand up too well to scrutiny. For all the fancy mobile components, as soon as you factor in battery life, peripherals and integrated graphics, it seems a tiny bit pointless – the better a notebook performs in games, the heavier and more battery-draining it becomes, making it distinctly less 'mobile'.

The MSI GT680 is really close in performance terms to the Medion Erazer X6813, but costs around an extra £400, which makes the Medion's price tag look more and more appealing. Sadly there are compromises to keep that cost down but still include such quality CPU and GPUs. The Erazer X6813's screen is the worst of the MSI and the two Alienwares, suffering from some seriously washed-out blacks and whites.

Elsewhere, the track pad doesn't always recognise your taps, and the keyboard feels light and low budget. The aesthetic in general doesn't match the gaming notebook vibe and the high-end components inside.

Verdict

So can a gaming notebook with a mediocre screen and build quality be recommended on the grounds of gaming performance alone? It all depends on how you intend to use the Medion Erazer X6813. Its uses are limited by short battery life, but it does compare favourably to other manufacturer's offerings at this price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 460M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Solid State Drive Capacity80 GB
GPSNo
eSATAYes
FireWire/i.LINKNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
DisplayPortNo
WimaxNo
Product FamilyERAZER X6813
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2630QM
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameMedion
Processor Speed2 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
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
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 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height56 mm
Width395 mm
Depth268 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesX6813
ManufacturerMEDION International
Product ModelMD97833
Product NameERAZER X6813 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineERAZER
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMD97833
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.medion.com
Marketing Information

The ultimate gaming notebook - get a tough one! The basis for the intelligent performance of the MEDION ERAZER X6813 is its Intel Core i7-2630QM processor - be more productive than ever before, with the high-performance second-generation Intel Core processors! It automatically adjusts to higher performance demands and activates the Turbo Boost feature precisely when needed. Ultimate gaming enjoyment is ensured by the high-end gaming graphics card with its extremely fast graphics memory.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ERAZER X6813 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Warranty Card
  • Operating Instructions
  • MEDION Application and Support Disc
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Recovery DVD
Limited Warranty1 Year