Aldi’s gaming notebook is an expensive bargain

The Medion Erazer Beast X10 is a performance monster that makes gamers almost perfectly happy. However, the price should put off many interested parties – the device in the Aldi range is a real bargain.

From Sunday, September 13, Aldi Nord has a very special notebook on offer in the online shop for a number of weeks: The Erazer Beast X10. This is the gaming notebook from the Lenovo subsidiary and the Aldi private label Medion. Fast processor, powerful graphics card, large SSD and a bright 17-inch display with a refresh rate of 300 Hz – the equipment is impressive, but the price of the Aldi series is also: the device costs 1,939.03 euros. The editors of Chillreport have tested whether the new Erazer X10 Beast not only performs well on paper, but also in everyday gaming.

For a long time, gaming notebooks were mostly lazy compromises that weren’t really satisfying. In terms of performance, they couldn’t really keep up with the half-well-equipped desktop game PCs, but then again, they were so big and heavy that you didn’t want to take them with you. That has now changed – this is also proven by Medion’s new top gaming notebook.

Perfect gaming equipment – and more

The equipment list reads impressively: a six-core Intel processor (Core i7-10750H) and the premium graphics card Geforce RTX 2070 Super provide the framework for playing the latest video games with maximum graphics settings. Another highlight is the 17-inch display with a refresh rate of 300 Hz. Coupled with 32 GB RAM and a fast SSD with 1 TB storage space, the Beast X10 is actually a performance beast on paper.

You can almost overlook the fact that the device also has a few extra features: for example the Windows Hello infrared camera. It makes it possible to log into Windows securely via facial recognition, similar to how it works with current iPhones. Only one USB-C port is installed, but it is equipped with Thunderbolt 3 technology for extremely fast data transfer. The other three USB ports are classically designed as USB-A. The keyboard is of course illuminated with colored LEDs, a card reader and an HDMI 2.0 port are missing, as are audio input and output for a headset.

Practical test: very fast, but also quite loud

The notebook is relatively handy for a 17-inch gaming notebook: thanks to the aluminum-magnesium alloy housing, it weighs only 2.3 kilograms, which is quite light for a gaming notebook. The thickness of 2.6 centimeters is also perfectly fine – you can even take the Beast X10 with you in your backpack. Battery life is good for four hours of office or video use – but complex games require quick connection.

This is where the real power of the slot machine becomes apparent: even with the current titles with beautiful graphics, the Beast X10 delivers more than adequate performance. In the current shooter CoD Modern Warfare the screen usually showed 140 frames per second and even more with the maximum graphics setting: this pays off especially in combination with the very good 300 Hz screen: Multiplayer or Warzone games actually felt much smoother This results, especially in confusing game situations, in a noticeable game advantage.

The Geforce 2070 Super is only the second fastest graphics chip currently available for notebook computers, but it still offers sufficient power reserves at the moment. It should stay that way for a long time – at least if you don’t connect an external monitor and require higher resolutions from the device than the 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) otherwise required by the notebook’s display.

A limitation of the compact performance package becomes apparent after a few minutes of gameplay: the device is loud, very loud, while gaming. Although there are no high-pitched whistles or anything like that, the clear sound from the fans is so present that we could hear it clearly through the headphones during the test. At the same time, the case becomes noticeably warm, even some keys on the keyboard become considerably warm. Sure, this isn’t uncommon given the performance data and many gamers might not mind – but you should be aware of that. Anyone who thinks that you can play on the couch with headphones while someone else can watch TV undisturbed is wrong.

Conclusion: a real bargain for gamers

Anyone considering buying a real high-end gaming notebook will hardly find a better offer than that of Aldi. The equipment is really round and good. Comparably equipped competitor gaming notebooks usually cost hundreds more. Even at Medion, the device is usually over 250 euros more expensive – and according to the data sheet only equipped with a 144 Hz display.

One thing is clear, this device can do everything – the performance is easy enough for office, graphics and video editing, and anything you could want from your notebook – but it is clearly made for gamers who want the best possible performance and graphics quality. If you are looking for an all-rounder that is suitable for gaming, you will get considerably cheaper devices.

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