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Medion Erazer X6811 review

Kat Orphanides
6 Dec 2010
Medion Erazer X6811
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
950
inc VAT

This gaming laptop has a good specification and phenomenally powerful graphics processor, but skimps on screen resolution.

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Specifications

15.6 in 1,366x768 display, 3.5kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M, 4.00GB RAM, 640GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

If you want a properly powerful gaming laptop, you’ll usually end up paying through the nose for it. Even at a whopping £950, Medion’s Erazer X6811 is comparatively cheap for a gaming laptop; and certainly inexpensive given its specification. There’s plenty of graphical musicale here; thanks to the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M chipset. This comes with a slightly ludicrous 1.5GB of dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory, more than the vast majority of desktop cards.

In our standard laptop gaming test, carried out using Call of Duty 4 running at 1,280x720 with 4xAA, it achieved a massive 62.8fps. We did further tests with it connected it to a 24in 1,920x1,080 widescreen monitor. At this resolution our test produced a frame rate of 40.1fps – still very impressive. We ran Crysis using our usual desktop PC test settings and got 24.9fps; that's close to being playable, and runs smoothly if you either drop the resolution or reduce anti-aliasing to 2x.

The rest of the X6811’s specification hasn’t been compromised to make room for the graphics chipset. A 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor produced a decent overall score of 94 in our application benchmarks – this isn’t the most powerful computer around, but we can’t think of much that you wouldn’t be able to do with it. It has 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 640GB hard disk. You can output 5.1 surround sound via either its analogue stereo outputs or using an optical S/PDIF, plus the built-in speakers have surprisingly decent bass and directionality, doing a fair job with most music, movies and games.

The laptop’s 15.6in screen is small by gaming laptop standards, and can only handle a maximum resolution of 1,366x768. This may not be much, but you’d hard pushed to run the latest games at higher resolutions with all the graphics options enabled. We liked the matt LCD finish, which doesn’t suffer from the distracting reflections common to the glossy screens that most laptops use. Brightness was even and colours looked natural, with accurate white tones.

With gaming sessions often running well into the wee hours, you’ll need a comfortable keyboard. There’s a full keyboard, complete with number pad and cursor keys. The flat, widely spaced keys are comfortable to type on, although their slightly crowded positioning made it easy to mis-key until we got used to the layout. There’s plenty of space on the wrist rests, too.

Medion Erazer X6811

Our least favourite part of the laptop is the touchpad, which has an unpleasantly rough texture that made it harder to make sensitive movements. Gamers will almost certainly use a mouse, which means this isn’t a big problem unless you plan on working on the move. At 3.5kg, the Erazer isn’t best suited for such a role. That said, and despite its power-hungry GPU, the battery lasted for a respectable four hours in our light usage test. Playing games on battery power will reduce this to around an hour and-a-half.

The X6811 is more understated than most laptops aimed at the gaming market, but it’s still heavy and none too attractive. If you don’t specifically need the graphics processing power, there are better all-round options at this price – such as the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G with its Blu-ray drive and 1080p display. In the end, its mobile gaming performance justifies the X6811's price, and despite the smallish display, this is the gaming laptop to buy for under a grand.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i5-460M
Processor clock speed2.53GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Size40x390x270mm
Weight3.5kg
SoundNvidia HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad

Display

Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GTX460M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory1,536MB

Storage

Total storage capacity640GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsExpressCard/54
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC
Other ports1x eSATA

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition, burn own restore disc
Software includedCyberLink Media Suite 8
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB
Price£950
Detailswww.medion.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.medionshop.co.uk

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