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Medion Erazer X6813 review

Big performance with an affordable price tag

Our Verdict

A gaming notebook that beats close rivals, but lacks punchy visuals

Product features

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

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For

  • Great performance from the GPU
  • Very reasonably priced
  • USB 3.0 and HDMI out
  • Clear, loud speakers
  • Sandy Bridge CPU

Against

  • Washed-out screen displays faded blacks
  • GPU drains battery life
  • Noisy and hot when the discrete GPU's in use
  • Unresponsive trackpad
  • Downmarket visuals

Medion's Erazer X6813 – branded as a "gaming notebook" – might seem like an oxymoron to some.

Gaming is a traditionally immersive endeavour, and while casual gaming marches forward with the momentum of a sinister (but casual) army of men in silly hats, there are still serious games with serious budgets that offer serious escapism, if you've got the gear to render such visual finery.

Here's where the 15.6-inch Medion Erazer X6813 comes in. Like the MSI GT680 and the diminutive 11.6-inch Alienware M11x, it's designed to offer gamers the kind of frame rates they're used to on desktop machines, but on the go – at the expense of £1,000 or more.

Here's where the incongruity kicks in – how and why would you want to play such visually impressive, immersive titles in public places? Isn't that the point of notebooks, after all?

Well, maybe you're taken with the idea of using the Medion Erazer X6813 like a traditional notebook while you're on the move, working with office apps and browsing the web, then plugging its charger in when you get home and unleashing that powerful GPU on the latest DirectX 11 games. Some 'notebooks' such as Alienware's M18X throw that notion out of the window entirely, and compromise practicality for sheer performance.

Like MSI's GT680, the GPU that Medion has opted for with the Erazer X6813 is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460M.

The GPU is an absolutely pivotal component for a gaming notebook, and while the GTX 460M's impressive architecture and performance are undeniable, Nvidia's release of the GTX 570M and GTX 580M Optimus mobile discrete GPUs shoves it down the pecking order somewhat.

Not only are the GTX 570M and GTX 580M the fastest notebook GPUs ever, but they at least promise to improve battery life, the mortal enemy of gaming laptops and notebooks.

With AMD's excellent Llano APUs already hitting shelves and offering comparative performances to notebook GPUs from an integrated graphics solution with much better battery life, Medion's Erazer X6813 comes at an interesting time in mobile gaming.

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