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Medion Erazer X7849 Review

Medion Erazer X7849 Review

The Erazer X7849 is Medion’s latest creation, built with a clear focus on balance. Sat at a middling price-point, there’s plenty of potential to be found here – with the laptop pegged to stock speeds of strong performing components. This may not be an outrageously priced gaming laptop, but it’s not cheap either. Just as well there looks to be plenty to like.

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Medion Erazer X7849 ReviewAt a potential sweet-spot of £1749, the Erazer X7849 is more affordable than the likes of the Aorus X7 v6, with the potential for outgunning the Asus’ ROG Strix GL702VM. The position is reflected in the parts selected, and a key focus is the excellent GTX 1070.

This Pascal-powered GPU comes with 8GB of DDR5, and a clock speed of 1,442MHz – boosted up to 1683MHz. Medion’s stuck with the 1,442 MHz stock speed here, as the Erazer X7849 mainly eschews overclocking. Not a problem, as there’s no issue with the graphics solution chosen here!

Medion pairs that GPU with Intel’s Core i7 6700HQ, again eschewing overclocks as the 6700HQ has a locked multiplier. But a base frequency of 2.6GHz (and max turbo of 3.5GHz) means a good amount of processing power to keep up with demand.

The tweaking that is available is RAM-focused. 16GB of 2,133MHz DDR4 are available, and Medion allows for adjustments to the DIMM profile. This comes through the desktop-accessed ‘CPU Memory Overclocking’ utility. Here the reference, ratio, timings and voltage can be adjusted. It’s a nice option for those who like to tweak, and a break away from the ‘what you see is what you get’ approach this system otherwise takes.

http://blog.leadgraffiti.com/dissertation-assistance-writing/ Dissertation Assistance Writing Filling out the rest of the specs are a 256GB Samsung SSD and a 1TB HDD. That’s about standard fare for gaming laptops at the moment, and to be honest we’d be surprised if either were absent.

Full Specification

  • CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Memory: 16GB 2,133MHz DDR4
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
  • Sound: On-board
  • Screen size: 17.3in 1,920 x 1,080 G-Sync IPS
  • Hard disk: 256GB Samsung CM871a SSD, 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Ports: 3 x USB 3, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, 3 x audio, multi-card reader, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort
  • Dimensions: (W x D x H): 420 x 275 x 24mm
  • Extras: Windows 10 Home 64-bit, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi
  • Warranty: 1 yr RTB

Design

Medion Erazer X7849 ReviewMuch like its parts, the Erazer X7849 is eye-catching without being over the top. Two strips below the lid logo light up in a cobalt blue, and this nicely offsets the laptop’s matt black finish. Below the lid, a compact rear features neat lines stretching the width of the base and across one vent. Smart detailing which helps lessen the laptop’s chunkiness.

Great Essay Writing That chunkiness isn’t overwhelming but it is fairly significant. Weighing in at 3.5Kg, the Erazer X7849 is heavier than the Aorus X7 V6 by 300g. It’s smaller in width and depth (420mm by 287mm), yet that extra bulk has to gives somewhere – as such the Erazer is 9mm thicker when closed.

That aside we’re impressed. Lid, keyboard, power button and trackpad all remain faithful to that blue lighting out of the box. It looks great against the system’s plastic casing too. There’s little detail to speak of, with Medion has shying away from intricacies. Instead we have subtle angles and strong edges appropriate to the machine’s specifications. It looks and feels like a dependable build.

Ergonomics

Medion Erazer X7849 ReviewUnder the lid it’s a chiclet keyboard which greets us. We tend not to favour these for gaming, particularly given low-travel, uninspiring feedback, and insecure feel that’s offered. This one performs to a decent level in game. But it is better out, where the slight key wobble is less noticeable.

The keyboard contains expected features, although there’s no dedicated macro keys as on the Aorus X7 v6. That’s not a deal-breaker though. The keyboard does look smart, is backlit and can features a full RGB range. Customisation of theme and colour are activated via the installed FlexiKey software.

While the keyboard lighting is changeable, it’s blue illumination which frames the top and sides of the trackpad. It’s a trackpad which offers smooth and responsive cursor control. The buttons follow suit, and add frictionless solid feedback to a satisfying actuation profile.

Performance

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Pairing a 1080p G-Sync screen with a GTX 1070 should prove a safe bet, and as the above charts show that’s the case here. In gaming tests, the lowest minimum frame rate witnessed was 46 in Battlefield 1. That’s still more than enough to enjoy smooth action and no hiccups. Notably, the Erazer X7849 performed solidly across all games, delivering consistent average frame rates of 59-60.

Good solid gaming performance, but the Erazer did dip elsewhere. First, in the PC Mark 8 Home benchmark, where general productivity is put to the test. Here the Erazer scored 3,702 points (compared to the Strix GL702VM’s 4,628). That score is sufficient, but not excellent. The Erazer similarly suffered a slump in our AS-SSD test. Scores of 437 (read) and 264 (write) go against the Strix’s 515 and 478 respectively.

The takeaway here is that this is a fine gaming system – likely its primary role for many – but isn’t the best when for general use. Thankfully the battery was more obliging, delivering three hours and eight minutes in general use and just over an hour of game time. Here the system was right in line with expectations.

Under stress of high-loads, effective cooling was a boost. In a looped Unigine Valley test, peak temperatures for CPU and GPU hit 69 and 74 degrees respectively. That’s nowhere near danger, and though system fans audibly kicked in, they did so without excess irritation. At idle, we recorded temperatures of 37 (CPU) and 39 (GPU), indicating a fine ability to dispose of system heat.

Screen and Sound

Medion Erazer X7849 ReviewTwo Onkyo speakers and a sub-woofer take up audio duties, and provide decent in-game effects, reproduction of music and cinematic scores. This system does particularly well at the high end.

At the low-end, the built-in subwoofer provides extra kick when required, but we were left wanting just a little bit more…perhaps a tad greedy of us. The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 software did help with adjusting audio – and offered extras like Scout Mode besides. However, we weren’t blown away by what was on offer.

The Erazer’s 1080p G-Sync monitor pretty much followed trend here, offering colour reproduction that was okay, but left us a little in the dark. We found images and games rendered a tad gloomily and so lacking some vibrancy because of it. That left us reaching for in-game brightness settings. With a little bit of tweaking we were able to find fuller enjoyment.

Medion Erazer X7849 Review – Conclusion

An intriguing proposition for anyone wanting a sub-£2,000 gaming laptop, the Erazer X7849 has the power to deliver good, consistent, gaming performance. The GTX 1070 and 6700HQ provide smooth in-game experiences, although this system doesn’t quite hit the highs in general productivity.

A stylish laptop, this system packs in a good quota of RAM, storage, and a trackpad and keyboard combination to be proud of. It also offers strong cooling, and a battery life well in line with what we’d expect. We weren’t in awe of the sound or screen, but there’s enough here to serve up good entertainment, and it’s a system we’d be happy to do so with.

At a price of £1,749 the Erazer X7849 system sits below some behemoths. Yet it has power and potential enough to warrant a higher place in the pecking order than more affordable options. In that Medion has delivered pretty much as we hoped they would. This is a system which should serve well those who favour its price-tag.

Medion Erazer X7849 Review

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