Medion Erazer Beast X30 : Erazer Beast X30: Short leash or beastly fast? – Special

The matte case is solid and makes a valuable impression.

High-quality workmanship, top equipment

The plastic case makes a valuable impression: no creaking or rattling. The keyboard offers a good key size, the layout largely corresponds to the full keyboard standard: number pad, large return key, arrow keys – everything is there. The pressure point and typing feel of the RGB-illuminated keys are just as pleasing as the precise operation via the touchpad.

The matte case is solid and makes a valuable impression.

This is a bit small with a diagonal of 15 cm. However, gamers are better equipped with a real gaming mouse for full gaming enjoyment.

Speaking of features, the Beast is well saddled when it comes to that. Many connections from USB Type A 3.2 to Thunderbolt 4 via USB Type C to HDMI 2.1 suitable for gaming, everything you need is included – including an Ethernet socket. Those who prefer wireless internet can look forward to support for the fast Wifi 6 standard. An M.2 PCIe SSD occupies the slots on the motherboard with fast storage and provides enough (attention, pun) leeway with a total of 2 terabytes. But enough joking. We send the gaming monster on a frame hunt.

This is what it looks like: screen on the test bench

The WQHD resolution may not seem very high in times of 4K gaming. Nevertheless, the resolution is not only very popular among gamers on gaming notebooks. It ensures a sharper image than Full HD, but does not exhaust the graphics card as much as 4k, which in turn allows the graphics settings to be increased. On the 17.3-inch screen of the Erazer Beast X30, this results in 170 pixels per inch and thus a very detailed image. With 240 Hertz, the system operation and the gameplay always appear smooth – if supported. There is disagreement among players and experts as to where the upper limit for a visible and noticeable plus lies. Also, not everyone who otherwise only plays with the classic 60 frames per second notices the difference. But the other way around: once you get used to 120 Hertz and up, the content at 60 Hertz seems like a flip book.

The IPS display shows colors well: The sRGB color space is 98 percent covered. The display does not support the extended DCI-P3 color space, which is important for HDR content. The measured color fidelity is good with an average Delta-E of 2. The maximum screen brightness also reaches heights that not every notebook reaches with 365 candelas per square meter – also good. Only the contrast ratio clouds the rating here. The measured 1174:1 is satisfactory, not a catastrophe, but a far cry from OLED screens that deliver a rich, deep black. In practice, the display delivered a good picture with balanced color representation, lively dynamics and high sharpness. As with the measurements, the somewhat low contrast that is typical for IPS screens was also noticeable here. Advantage: The matte display hardly reflects at all