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Medion Erazer X6811 review: Medion Erazer X6811

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The Good Fast processor;. Speedy 3D graphics;. Low price tag;. Good sound.

The Bad Average battery life;. Keyboard and screen could be better.

The Bottom Line The 15.6-inch Medion Erazer X6811 may not look quite as smart as some of its rivals, but it packs a powerful punch for a gaming machine that limbos in under the £1000 mark.

8.8 Overall

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Medion is probably best known for producing cheap and cheerful laptops like the Akoya P6625, but the Erazer X6811 is aimed at those looking for a cheap and ferocious gaming machine instead. Priced at a relatively affordable £949, it packs in a meaty Core i5 processor and fast Nvidia GeForce graphics chip.

Gamer in disguise 

Gaming laptops such as the Toshiba X500 and Alienware M17x tend to have very aggressive styling with bright, garish colours and loads of neon lights. Medion has taken a slightly more mature approach with the Erazer. If anything, this model has quite an industrial look thanks to its angular styling and the brushed-metal effect used on its plastic chassis.

Of course, it wouldn't feel right if there weren't any blue LEDs to give that GTI feel, so the company has added these on the front lip beneath a pair of grilles. You can turn them on and off via a button that's found next to the power switch. Overall, the plasticky nature of the chassis means it doesn't have the high-end look of more expensive machines, but it does feel quite sturdy.

As you would expect, the 15.6-inch display has a widescreen aspect ratio, but its resolution maxes out at 1,366x768 pixels rather than stretching all the way to Full HD. Unlike most consumer laptops, it has a matte coating. This does help cut down on glare, but also means the display's colours don't look quite as rich and vibrant as they do on many other gaming models. Nevertheless, the LED backlighting does help the screen to look quite bright, although black levels aren't as deep as we'd have liked.

Keyboard compromise 

The keyboard consists of an isolated design where the keys look as if they've been stamped out of the chassis. Medion has also managed to fit a numerical keypad alongside the main keyboard. The flat keys are smaller than many other 15-inch models and there are some compromises with the layout that take some getting used to -- especially the small 'return' key.

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The small 'return' key on the Erazer's isolated-style keyboard takes some getting used to.

Also, there's a little more flex in the keyboard than we would've liked, and this means it can sometimes feel spongy to type on. The trackpad surface feels a little rough, too, and your finger doesn't glide as smoothly across it as it should. It doesn't support multi-touch, either, but at least the buttons respond with a satisfying click when you press them.

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