Medion Erazer X6811 review

7 Jan 2011

Medion deliver a super-powered, feature-packed gaming laptop for a bargain price

Price when reviewed 
949
5

Gaming laptops are a funny bunch. They’re usually far pricier than your average laptop, and, with high-end components belching heat from burly, barely-portable chassis, you certainly wouldn’t want one on your lap for any length of time. They do, however, fill a niche for those who want to game without the space-consuming bulk of a desktop system. Medion’s latest, the Erazer X6811, breaks tradition not in its configuration, nor its size, but with its sub-£1,000 price.

One look at the Medion’s muscle-bound chassis leaves little doubt as to how it’s managed such a budget-squeezing feat. There’s acres of plastic, a pair of lacklustre blue LED strips gleaming from the front edge (which, thankfully, can be turned off) and, once you get up close, a somewhat plasticky, built-to-a-budget feel. There is a concerted effort to mimic the aluminium chassis of pricier rivals with a faux-brushed metal finish, not to mention the fact that the X6811’s rugged, chamfered contours actually feel pretty solid, but it’s clear where the money’s gone: it’s all on the inside.

Medion Erazer X6811 - front

And that, it has to be said, is no bad thing. For £949, Medion has managed to cram in a 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor, a high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX460M graphics chipset, 4GB of memory and a huge 640GB hard disk. It’s an impressive achievement at the price, and one that, at a glance, guarantees the Medion is worthy of its gaming laptop title.

Put the Erazer to the test, and it doesn’t disappoint. Firing through our application benchmarks with an overall score of 1.74 proves that the Medion’s no slouch when it comes to mundane tasks. Ask it to do something a little more strenuous, however, and it relishes the challenge. The Nvidia GeForce GTX460M is about as quick as laptop graphics get, and with Crysis cranked up to High quality settings, running at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, the Medion still returned a playable result of 28fps. At the Erazer’s native resolution of 1,366 x 768, it’s possible to push settings up to Very High and still achieve an average of 27fps.

If you were expecting the Medion’s high-powered components to leave battery life languishing (we did), think again. The 7,800mAh battery can only do so much, but 4hrs 23mins in our light use test is good for such a powerful laptop.

Details

Price ex VAT £791
Price inc VAT £949
Overall rating 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5
Performance 6

Warranty

Warranty 2 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 390 x 270 x 40mm (WDH)
Weight 3.120kg
Travelling weight 4.2kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core i5-460M
Motherboard chipset Intel PM55
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX460M
Graphics card RAM 1.50GB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 1
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 640GB
Hard disk usable capacity 596GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Samsung HM641JI
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical drive TSSTcorp SN-083F
Battery capacity 7,800mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 1
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 2
FireWire ports 0
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 4
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 3.0mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 4hr 23min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 38min
Overall application benchmark score 1.74
Office application benchmark score 1.62
2D graphics application benchmark score 1.72
Encoding application benchmark score 1.52
Multitasking application benchmark score 2.10
3D performance (crysis) low settings 80fps
3D performance setting Low

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied N/A