Medion Erazer P7651 review

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Here’s how the Medion Erazer P7651 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark: Sky Diver: 14,971; Fire Strike: 5,410; Time Spy: 1,824
Cinebench CPU: 541 points; Graphics: 92.2 fps
GeekBench: 4,612 (single-core); 13,660 (multi-core)
PCMark 8 (Home Test): 3,027 points
PCMark 8 Battery Life: 2 hours 53 minutes
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 3 hours and 20 minutes
Total War: Warhammer 2 (1080p, Ultra): 19.9 fps; (1080p, Low): 44.7 fps
Middle Earth: Shadow of War (1080p, Ultra):  28 fps ; (1080p, Low): 63 fps

Most gaming laptops at the time of review use one of Intel’s 7th generation quad-core processors. The Erazer P7651 has one of the newer 8th generation models, but it’s one primarily designed for slim and light laptops.

Intel’s engineers have now managed to fit four cores into its low voltage designs, though, so the Core i7-8550U seen here shouldn’t act as a bottleneck. 

Not when the graphics card is an entry-level Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB, anyway. This is a “proper” gamer’s card, but just about as low-end as you can go while still claiming that title.

Outside of gaming, the Erazer P7651’s performance is defined by a weak link: the hard drive. There’s no SSD, and therefore storage speed is around a third of any gaming laptop with solid state storage.

You’ll feel the effects of this just about everywhere. Windows 10 feels slow, applications take a while to initialise and load screens in games hang around.

We’ve been spoilt, having reviewed countless laptops, but we can’t imagine many would be too happy with the Erazer P7651’s basic performance, having spent £1000. This is why the majority of rivals include at least a 128GB SSD, even if they still rely primarily on a slow hard drive for the rest of their storage.

Performance in games is better. Phew.

A GeForce GTX 1050 lets you play current games at native 1080p resolution, although most demanding titles will require careful balancing of settings in order to make the action appear smooth.

For example, Total War: Warhammer 2 runs at an average 19.9fps at Ultra settings, resulting in quite obvious judder.  At Low settings it averages 44.7fps. You’re probably best sticking close to this visual level as the game’s performance varies depending on how many units are drawn on-screen. And in this game that can be an awful lot.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a little more consistent. An average of 28fps at Ultra settings is going to result in some clear frame rate dips in more hectic scenes, but as the Erazer P7651 averages 63fps at “Low” settings, you have some scope to apply/improve some of the more demanding effects.

The Erazer P7651 only has one main heat outlet, on its left edge. After some play it starts to act like a mini hairdryer, pumping out warm air. It’s not the ideal solution for a gaming laptop, but does seem relatively effective at dissipating heat away from the keyboard. That blank expanse above the keys comes in handy.

Meanwhile, as the Erazer P7651 uses a hard drive rather than an SSD, it’s never truly silent. It also makes some other hard-to-identify whirrs and clicks when doing virtually nothing. Think carefully if a bit of noise is going to get on your nerves.

The laptop’s speakers are poor too, even with Dolby processing on-board. There’s zero bass and the mids and treble sound thin and a little harsh. At maximum volume some distortion is evident as well.

Battery Life

Battery life is typical, fairly dismal, gaming laptop fare too, even with a U-series Intel processor on-board. The Erazer P7651 lasts 2 hours 53 minutes when running PC Mark 8’s mixed use battery test. 

Playing a 1080p movie on loop at 50 per cent brightness it lasts 3 hours 20 minutes: better, but not the kind of stamina that’s particularly useful except in the odd emergency.

We liked

The Medion Erazer P7651 has a decent, very bright screen. It colour and contrast are both good, making the most of games and movies.

Some will also appreciate its relatively sober looks. Not everyone wants a gaming laptop that doubles as an LED light show.

We disliked

Relying on a hard drive for storage is a no-no in 2018, particularly for a laptop this expensive. It has a serious effect on general performance, making the Erazer P7651 less fun to use than it should be.

You also need to be mindful of the abilities of the GTX 1050 graphics card. It won’t let you max-out the settings on recent games, and as Nvidia’s latest cards are now well-established you can often find great deals for older models with the better GTX 1060 GPU when shopping online.


The Medion Erazer P7651 is a decent gaming laptop for those who don’t demand the ability to max-out graphics settings in games.

However, its performance is also held back by a slow hard drive. Most rivals have an SSD, which makes Windows 10 run much better. The screen is good and the build solid, if prosaic, but for day-to-day use this laptop is slower than you might expect.