The name says it all: the Erazer Beast X25 is bursting with performance. So does Aldi have the perfect gaming notebook on offer? This question is answered by the detailed test by COMPUTER BILD.
An Aldi notebook for gamers? That can’t be a good thing. Thought wrong! The Medion Erazer Beast X25 is a challenge to the established players on the gaming market. Because there is only top hardware in this beast. However, the price is corresponding: 2,699 euros are not exactly the discount rate. The test reveals what the buyer gets for it.
More power is hardly possible
The exquisite hardware starts with the CPU: the Ryzen 9 5900HX delivers plenty of computing power. In the test, this powerful processor from AMD’s current “Cezanne” generation with eight computing cores (16 threads) and a clock frequency of up to 4.6 gigahertz ensured an enormous speed. This is proven by speed tests with performance-hungry software for photo and video editing: Here the Beast X25 achieved top values. The processor also benefits from the 64 gigabyte RAM, which is very generous. The 1908 gigabyte SSD with NVMe technology is also huge and fast. Upgrading is hardly necessary. This is also not possible with the RAM, but if you really need some extra storage space for games, videos or photos, you can install another fast NVMe SSD.
Graphic monsters on board
Gamers are particularly pleased with the uncompromising graphics power: A Geforce RTX 3080 laptop is responsible for displaying games – currently the fastest graphics chip for gaming notebooks. Logical: Games in Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) make the Beast no effort in testing it sent even when power-hungry chunks like “Cyberpunk 2077” or “Escape from Tarkov” an average of 120 frames per second ( Frames p he Second, FPS for short) to the display. An external monitor with 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels) still managed 33 FPS. For example, if you turn down the shadow and texture quality and switch off ray tracing, you get enough FPS to enjoy games smoothly in 4K. The Beast feels really comfortable with the display resolution of 2560×1440 pixels (WQHD) – gamers play here with more than 60 FPS with the effect controls turned up fully.
And the games look really good on the notebook screen too. The display shines with short switching times (an average of 6.7 milliseconds) and a refresh rate of up to 165 Hertz. This is not only pleasing to the eye: In fast action games, the high refresh rate also improves the feel of the game. New scenes appear more jagged on the display, the accuracy increases. When working, the display pleases thanks to only slight deviations in brightness with uniform illumination and precise and very natural color rendering – the Medion display is even suitable for professional editing of photos and videos.
And how long does the fun last before the juice runs out? Usually, gaming notebooks run out of power quickly, even in normal operation. Not so with the Beast: Despite the super hardware, the Medion lasts more than five hours before it has to go back on the line to recharge. For about two and a half hours. But the notebook should actually remain connected, because only then can it develop its full potential – because the CPU and graphics chip run at reduced performance in battery mode. Sure: This is how much power the device heats up and makes the fans roar. When working there are “only” audible 2 sons, but under full load, they really turn up with 6.4 sones. Of course, gamers with a headset on their heads will not notice much of this, but fellow passengers on the train will certainly feel disturbed by the fan noise.
Everything is connected here
When gaming, RGB lighting that is appropriate to one’s standing is part of the game. Medion knows that too and delivers a play of colors via the illuminated keyboard. This is practical and looks cool in a dark environment. Of course, optics is not everything in a keyboard. The keys have a decent journey, but they are partly arranged in a compact manner. Sponge about it: Many gamers connect separate input devices anyway. There are enough connections: A fast USB 3.2 socket (Gen 2) of type A and type C is available. The C socket has a display port and is suitable for connecting the monitor, charging batteries, or copying data. Two more USB 3.2 ports (Gen 1) for the mouse and keyboard are included. There is also an HDMI port for another external monitor, audio jacks for a headset, and a network connection. If you prefer it without cables.
Erazer Beast X25 (MD 63965) in the test: the conclusion
Yes, the Medion Erazer Beast X25 costs a lot of money. But it also offers everything a gamer’s heart desires: plenty of power, a huge memory, top display, a great battery, and, for a notebook, quite a few connections. In addition, the competition charges a few hundred euros more for comparable gaming notebooks. (Test grade 1.7).