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Medion Erazer X7825 review

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

Our Verdict

Good gaming performance and decent screen, but lack of solid-state storage is a major flaw.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Good all-round gaming grunt
  • Great CPU performance
  • Beefy sound system
  • Decent screen

Against

  • Atrocious hard drive performance
  • Poorly configured dual graphics
  • Noisy cooling

Super slim laptops and ultrabooks are what all the marketing men at PC manufacturers love. And they're darn desirable things. But they have limitations and one of the most obvious is the ability to game.

That's where a 17-inch beast like the Medion Erazer X7825 (MD 98414) comes in. On paper, it's got the gaming chops to handle almost anything you can throw at it.

That means a powerful quad-core Intel processor and a beefy discrete graphics chip from Nvidia, namely the GeForce GTX 770M. Of course, there's more to being a great gaming laptop than simply speedy silicon.

You'll need a decent screen, for starters. The Medion's weighs in at a monster 17.3 inches and full 1080p in terms of resolution. There's also a high-power sound system including a subwoofer, a Blu-ray drive and 750GB of storage for games, videos and more.

Of course, a gaming laptop needs to be half decent at being just, well, a laptop, too. In an ideal world, you'd have enough battery life for genuine mains-free usability. A few movies on a flight, that sort of thing.

You also want to cover all the bases in terms of networking, connectivity, card reading and all that jazz. So let's see how the Medion Erazer X7825 stacks up.

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It's a big old beast, but that comes with the territory

Performance

Benchmarks
Cinebench R11.5: 6.71pts
x264 4.0 HD video encode: 35fps
3D Mark Firestrike: 3,043pts
Heaven 3D tesselation benchmark: 25fps
Metro Last Light: 14fps
GRID 2: 38fps

Let's kick off with the CPU side of things. Medion has gone for an Intel Core i7-4700MQ. It's a 2.4GHz nominal, 3.4GHz Turbo quad-core chip. And it's really all the CPU you're ever going to need for gaming.

And that despite the fact that this chassis appears to have a few issues keeping it cool. During heavy CPU loads, the cooling system makes one hell of a clatter.

What's more, maintain a sustained heavy CPU load and you find the clocks dropping off a little. Set something heavily threaded running and it will initially zip along at 3.2GHz. But within a minute or so, the clocks drop and fluctuate between 2.9GHz and 3GHz.

Medion
Connectivity includes multi-channel sound and severl USB 3.0 ports

However, the reality is that this is still one hell of a beefy CPU for a portable system. On the graphics side we're talking Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M with 3GB of memory.

As ever with mobile GPUs, the branding is misleading. This is not a 1,536-shader graphics solution based on the GK104 chip, as is the case for the desktop GTX 770. Instead, it sports 960 shaders courtesy of GK106.

That's no necessarily a major issue. It would just help anyone choosing a laptop if the branding was more consistent. Whatever, the 770M is a decent gaming chip. Middle-ranking games, in terms of graphical fidelity, like GRID 2 bowl along at a decent speed at the display's native 1,920 by 1,080 pixel resolution, even with the image quality set to maximum.

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Sub woofer boosted audio packs a punch, but isn't exactly high fidelity

Fire something serious demanding up, for instance Metro Last Light, and you'll have to makes a few compromises on the IQ settings to get smooth frame rates.

But what of the quality of the screen itself? We've seen worse, is probably the best way to put it. We like the matte screen coating. Glossy coatings add little to the experience other than annoying reflections.

Likewise, the basic panel attributes, including viewing angles, colour saturation and fidelity, contrast and all that jazz are decent. OK, it's a good TN panel rather a really exceptional IPS display. But we have no major complaints re display quality.

Medion
It's no high end IPS panel, but viewing angles and contrast are respectable

The sound levels from the sub-woofer boosted audio system and strong, too, even if the actual quality is a little muddy and mediocre. Few laptops offers truly satisfying sound, so this is hardly a shock.

If all that sounds pretty promising, the Medion Erazer does have at least one major weakness. And that's storage performance. We were surprised and frankly a little concerned to discover a 750GB magnetic drive as its sole source of built-in storage.

And our worries proved well founded. Storage performance is atrocious. You feel it installing games. You feel it when Windows applies updates, which take aeons to install. You even feel when simply firing up fairly undemanding apps.

In the past, this was unavoidable. Fast hard drives couldn't fit into laptop systems. But that all changed years ago when SSDs arrived and allowed laptops to match desktops for storage performance. Put simply, this laptop is crying out for a solid-state drive.

Medion
Full-sized keyboard is sturdy and reasonably tactile

As for battery life, three hours and 13 minutes playing 720p video with the wireless disabled and the screen at one-third brightness isn't as catastrophic as some gaming laptops. But it still means you're essentially limited to one movie on the move.

One final issue worthy of note involves the graphics setup. The Intel CPU provides a low-power graphics core, which offers a low-power option when running on batteries.

That's great, but by default, the Medion is set to run all 3D applications on the Intel core, even when plugged into the mains. That's not great and it will cause some buyers a great deal of confusion. Because games will still run on the integrated Intel core. They just run very slowly.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 770M, HD 4600
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
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 Addresshttp://www.medion.com
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