Medion Erazer X7847 17.3 Inch i5 GX1060 1TB 128GB SSD Laptop £849.99 @ Argos
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Medion Erazer X7847 17.3 Inch i5 GX1060 1TB 128GB SSD Laptop £849.99 @ Argos

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Found 4th Aug 2017
Exactly the same laptop deal as posted by vinhhgg a couple of weeks ago but since then it's dropped another fifty quid. Not bad for a laptop with a 'proper' 6GB Nvidia 1060 GPU (the newly released MaxQ 1060 GPUs are about 11% worse!).

Here's vinhhgg's post which contains all the technical blurb and views of folks that bought this machine...

hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…346
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richt16 m ago

But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release …But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release their i8 processor later this year (it has been confirmed that release date is any time between Summer and late Autumn this year) and then go for an i7 7700HQ which will probably fall in price?


Does anyone still really believe that CPUs affect gaming FPS other than if you're running something like ARMA 3 on a 1080 GPU at 4K? For a cheap 1080p laptop like this, an i5 is plenty good enough for most games. Focus on the price here, not the absolute performance.
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Very tempted. Anyone own this laptop or can suggest a 1070 laptop around the 900-1000 mark?
But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release their i8 processor later this year (it has been confirmed that release date is any time between Summer and late Autumn this year) and then go for an i7 7700HQ which will probably fall in price?
Sorry, I meant 8th Gen Processor, not i8!
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richt16 m ago

But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release …But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release their i8 processor later this year (it has been confirmed that release date is any time between Summer and late Autumn this year) and then go for an i7 7700HQ which will probably fall in price?


Does anyone still really believe that CPUs affect gaming FPS other than if you're running something like ARMA 3 on a 1080 GPU at 4K? For a cheap 1080p laptop like this, an i5 is plenty good enough for most games. Focus on the price here, not the absolute performance.
richt24 m ago

But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release …But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release their i8 processor later this year (it has been confirmed that release date is any time between Summer and late Autumn this year) and then go for an i7 7700HQ which will probably fall in price?


The GPU is the most important thing in this laptop (for gaming, and its not good value for anyone who doesn't want to game), and I aren't sure there are any other ones available with the 1060 for this price let alone with a better processor.
As someone with an aging HP Probook and a dearth of desktop replacements in the business range I was thinking about this as a possibility. I presume the lightshow can be turned off?
I bought it recently and had 10 per cent off that came through post if I use argos card. It was 899 and took price down to 803.99. Very happy with it.
richt42 m ago

But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release …But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release their i8 processor later this year (it has been confirmed that release date is any time between Summer and late Autumn this year) and then go for an i7 7700HQ which will probably fall in price?

And then wait another few months for something else. And so on.
Joe90_guy38 m ago

Does anyone still really believe that CPUs affect gaming FPS other than if …Does anyone still really believe that CPUs affect gaming FPS other than if you're running something like ARMA 3 on a 1080 GPU at 4K? For a cheap 1080p laptop like this, an i5 is plenty good enough for most games. Focus on the price here, not the absolute performance.


Every time a gaming laptop deal comes out people always whinge about this that or the other forgetting that a lot of the cost goes on portability. This will play most games on high setting without an issue. CPU may hold the FPS back on a few games like you mentioned but this is a very capable gamimg rig at a good price. Heat.
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More stuff to read on this laptop from when it was first posted back in November 2016...

hotukdeals.com/dea…935
richt56 m ago

But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release …But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release their i8 processor later this year (it has been confirmed that release date is any time between Summer and late Autumn this year) and then go for an i7 7700HQ which will probably fall in price?


lol
Decent price for a 1060 6GB laptop. Heat ++

Cost was a big factor for me in buying a gaming laptop (I know!) so I ended up buying a Dell 7000 gaming for £560 from the Dell Outlet. Only has a 1050 4GB but is a 7th gen i5, and has 256GB SSD, so fine for most things.

Had to change to change the terrible TN screen for a decent LG IPS for £43 (5 min job) and I complained to Dell so they actually paid for it

Worth a look if you ever see them on the outlet.... I find around 3pm Uk time they tend to put a job lot on.
I bought this a few week ago and I'm really happy with it. I've only really run Skyrim on it and it does it on the highest settings with ease. Build quality is good, only issue is that the laptop itself is a fingerprint magnet.
richt1 h, 41 m ago

But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release …But it only has a 6th gen i5 processor! Why not wait until Intel release their i8 processor later this year (it has been confirmed that release date is any time between Summer and late Autumn this year) and then go for an i7 7700HQ which will probably fall in price?



Full next gen Coffee Lake is delayed until next year. There's meant to be a refresh of 7th gen Kaby Lake later this year but don't expect anything ground breaking this year. wccftech.com/int…sh/

Prices are still likely to be pushed down, but that's due to competition from Ryzen rather than new Intel chips. Also the pound has slightly strengthened against the US dollar in the last few months - up from a low of about $1.22 in March to about $1.32 at the moment, which helps a bit.

It might be better to wait and see what AMD does in laptops. It looks like there are some 8-core Ryzen 7 laptops on the way: trustedreviews.com/new…245
Edited by: "Spod" 4th Aug 2017
snagzie43 m ago

Decent price for a 1060 6GB laptop. Heat ++Cost was a big factor for me in …Decent price for a 1060 6GB laptop. Heat ++Cost was a big factor for me in buying a gaming laptop (I know!) so I ended up buying a Dell 7000 gaming for £560 from the Dell Outlet. Only has a 1050 4GB but is a 7th gen i5, and has 256GB SSD, so fine for most things.Had to change to change the terrible TN screen for a decent LG IPS for £43 (5 min job) and I complained to Dell so they actually paid for it Worth a look if you ever see them on the outlet.... I find around 3pm Uk time they tend to put a job lot on.



Where did you get that done? Was it just manufacturer? I have an Acer VX15 which is spot on for what I use it for but the TN panel is a little underwhelming. Would love to get it upgraded.
dudwood_fudwood7 m ago

Where did you get that done? Was it just manufacturer? I have an Acer …Where did you get that done? Was it just manufacturer? I have an Acer VX15 which is spot on for what I use it for but the TN panel is a little underwhelming. Would love to get it upgraded.



lcd4laptop.co.uk/del…tml

Just look on youtube for a video of how to remove your screen. It's really easy on my model.
snagzie54 m ago

Decent price for a 1060 6GB laptop. Heat ++Cost was a big factor for me in …Decent price for a 1060 6GB laptop. Heat ++Cost was a big factor for me in buying a gaming laptop (I know!) so I ended up buying a Dell 7000 gaming for £560 from the Dell Outlet. Only has a 1050 4GB but is a 7th gen i5, and has 256GB SSD, so fine for most things.Had to change to change the terrible TN screen for a decent LG IPS for £43 (5 min job) and I complained to Dell so they actually paid for it Worth a look if you ever see them on the outlet.... I find around 3pm Uk time they tend to put a job lot on.




Which panel did you go for?
Where did you get it from? eBay?
Did you follow a disassembly guide?
What did you say to Dell to get them to foot the bill?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm interested in the laptop but was put off by the screen.

Cheers.
K1LLER_HORNET4 m ago

Which panel did you go for? Where did you get it from? eBay? Did you …Which panel did you go for? Where did you get it from? eBay? Did you follow a disassembly guide?What did you say to Dell to get them to foot the bill? Sorry for all the questions. I'm interested in the laptop but was put off by the screen. Cheers.


See my reply above for the model. There's loads of videos on youtube for the replacement on the 7000 gaming (actually called a 7567).

WRT Dell, the customer service guy was a little bit off with me when I said the screen is really really bad (he was asking me to ring tech support, to which I said it wasn't a technical problem). So I emailed him and CC'd the Dell UK manager. After an apology, they gave me a 7% refund (just under what I paid for the screen)
snagzie15 m ago

http://www.lcd4laptop.co.uk/dell-inspiron-15-7000-laptop-screen-full-hd.htmlJust look on youtube for a video of how to remove your screen. It's really easy on my model.



Thank you for the reply. They don't stock an IPS screen for my laptop unfortunately but you have educated me on how easy it is to replace the screen. I'll have a shop about. Thank you.
Specs look pretty good to me (unless anyone can point me towards a better spec machine for this sort of price?) - but how is the build quality on these??
A good price for a well spec'd laptop.
Gaming laptops are for a niche market, and this seems to be good bang for buck for that demographic.
dudwood_fudwood48 m ago

Thank you for the reply. They don't stock an IPS screen for my laptop …Thank you for the reply. They don't stock an IPS screen for my laptop unfortunately but you have educated me on how easy it is to replace the screen. I'll have a shop about. Thank you.


Send them a message, they're good at helping out.

Most 15.6" 1080 screens are pretty much interchangeable apparently.
Edited by: "snagzie" 4th Aug 2017
snagzie8 m ago

Send them a message, they're good at helping out. Most 15.6" 1080 screens …Send them a message, they're good at helping out. Most 15.6" 1080 screens are pretty much interchangeable apparently.



I just did that. Fingers crossed. Price seems pretty good for the screens. Thanks again.
JustLikeArkwright3 h, 3 m ago

As someone with an aging HP Probook and a dearth of desktop replacements …As someone with an aging HP Probook and a dearth of desktop replacements in the business range I was thinking about this as a possibility. I presume the lightshow can be turned off?




Not sure about lightshow but for business purposes I would suggest that this is a much higher spec and price than you'd need....unless you work on high end video or 3D design.

edit: if it is just business such as office, internet, streaming and even some light 3D gaming, a £400 - £500 laptop, probably even less, will be more than adequate.
Edited by: "RobertM0215" 4th Aug 2017
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You can download the manual for the Medion X7847 here...

medion.com/gb/…170

It says you can turn off the keyboard backlighting with Fn + *. It also says the keyboard lighting has five different settings.
I picked one of these up last week. The build quality is solid (chassis is basically a Lenovo), the screen whilst not IPS is much better than the Sony Vaio I had before this. The SSD boots up Win 10 really fast. The keyboard/trackpad lights can all be turned off if desired. The keyboard has 3 areas that you can customise the lighting for, you can also assign it to light in various different ways or intensities. You are able to overclock the GPU if you wish (there is an app included for it), I found that I could get a decent overclock without heating it up too much, though in reality you don't need to bother unless you really need that extra few FPS.

Games wise I've tried:

Far Cry Primal - Can run on Ultra at 50 or so FPS, turning a few settings down a touch can get you to a solid 60.

Bioshock Infinite - Older game but still a good looking one, on ultra, every setting at max including 8xMSAA @ 1080p I was getting FPS over a hundred.

Saints Row IV - Defaults to Ultra, runs locked 60fps from the brief time played

Forza Horizon 3 - Defaults to medium, holds 60fps. Can increase it to ultra but not 100% smooth, definitely playable though!

SOMA - Defaults to all ultra, looks great

Audio quality is really good, especially if you install Dolby Atmos for Headphones. By default only Bluetooth/USB headphones work, but you can install hacked drivers to remove that limitation, sounds amazing.

Any questions I'm happy to answer.

Just installed Killer Instinct and ran the benchmark:
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Edited by: "KevInChester" 4th Aug 2017
Joe90_guy4 h, 24 m ago

Does anyone still really believe that CPUs affect gaming FPS other than if …Does anyone still really believe that CPUs affect gaming FPS other than if you're running something like ARMA 3 on a 1080 GPU at 4K? For a cheap 1080p laptop like this, an i5 is plenty good enough for most games. Focus on the price here, not the absolute performance.


I know right? I'm still destroying games with my OC 2500k (iirc) and a 1060.
The only game people are playing right now is pubg and that needs a really strong cpu , i think that 2.3ghz cpu would bottleneck the hell out of that gpu, shame its not an i76700. Still a good deal that gpu alone is worth 250.
RobertM02153 h, 20 m ago

Not sure about lightshow but for business purposes I would suggest that …Not sure about lightshow but for business purposes I would suggest that this is a much higher spec and price than you'd need....unless you work on high end video or 3D design.edit: if it is just business such as office, internet, streaming and even some light 3D gaming, a £400 - £500 laptop, probably even less, will be more than adequate.


Problem with that end of the market is invariably the build quality, it's why I've always gone for business class notebooks. However since the market has, bar gaming machines and high end workstations, moved away from 17" the choice is disappointingly slim.

The current Probook 470 G4 is ok I guess, I prefer an all black case over the brushed metal effect which looks terrible when it gets a bit worn. My current 4720s is as modded as far possible with the CPU, RAM and storage. It's been a decent reliable unit, fan is a bit noisy and I had to fit a replacement when it conked out but otherwise rock solid.

If I can find something with similar qualities then I don't mind splashing the cash. CPU is always going to be more important to me than GPU as I do a lot of encoding. Likely I'll be doing some video capture/streaming also, so I need a bit of grunt.
Edited by: "JustLikeArkwright" 4th Aug 2017
Just tested with the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, under load it can go to 2.8ghz for the 4 cores, or 3.2 for single.
KevInChester1 h, 22 m ago

I picked one of these up last week. The build quality is solid (chassis …I picked one of these up last week. The build quality is solid (chassis is basically a Lenovo), the screen whilst not IPS is much better than the Sony Vaio I had before this. The SSD boots up Win 10 really fast. The keyboard/trackpad lights can all be turned off if desired. The keyboard has 3 areas that you can customise the lighting for, you can also assign it to light in various different ways or intensities. You are able to overclock the GPU if you wish (there is an app included for it), I found that I could get a decent overclock without heating it up too much, though in reality you don't need to bother unless you really need that extra few FPS.Games wise I've tried:Far Cry Primal - Can run on Ultra at 50 or so FPS, turning a few settings down a touch can get you to a solid 60. Bioshock Infinite - Older game but still a good looking one, on ultra, every setting at max including 8xMSAA @ 1080p I was getting FPS over a hundred.Saints Row IV - Defaults to Ultra, runs locked 60fps from the brief time playedForza Horizon 3 - Defaults to medium, holds 60fps. Can increase it to ultra but not 100% smooth, definitely playable though!SOMA - Defaults to all ultra, looks greatAudio quality is really good, especially if you install Dolby Atmos for Headphones. By default only Bluetooth/USB headphones work, but you can install hacked drivers to remove that limitation, sounds amazing.Any questions I'm happy to answer.Just installed Killer Instinct and ran the benchmark:[Image]


This guy know his stuff. Also owned this laptop and can vouch for everything he says.
The 'build your own' brigade must be fuming they can't type their favourite comment on laptop deals.
robcrazee5 h, 47 m ago

Very tempted. Anyone own this laptop or can suggest a 1070 laptop around …Very tempted. Anyone own this laptop or can suggest a 1070 laptop around the 900-1000 mark?


I feel you would struggle to find a 1070 at the £1000 mark at the moment, if you found one it wouldnt have an SSD as that seems to be the thing people skip on to make it cheaper and you would end up spending closer to £1150 in the end. That being said they are seriously coming down at the moment and AMD are announcing there GPU's now #prey4pricewar
Spod4 h, 6 m ago

Full next gen Coffee Lake is delayed until next year. There's meant to be …Full next gen Coffee Lake is delayed until next year. There's meant to be a refresh of 7th gen Kaby Lake later this year but don't expect anything ground breaking this year. http://wccftech.com/intel-coffee-lake-delayed-2018-8th-gen-kaby-lake-refresh/ Prices are still likely to be pushed down, but that's due to competition from Ryzen rather than new Intel chips. Also the pound has slightly strengthened against the US dollar in the last few months - up from a low of about $1.22 in March to about $1.32 at the moment, which helps a bit.It might be better to wait and see what AMD does in laptops. It looks like there are some 8-core Ryzen 7 laptops on the way: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/asus-rog-strix-first-ryzen-laptop-2950245


This link is much newer than the one you have posted, it is from 28th July this year. It says that the 8th gen will be relaesed in the UK this year techadvisor.co.uk/new…58/
How does this machine cope under load temperature-wise? I've currently got a Dell XPS that has an i7-2630QM CPU and a GeForce GT 555M GPU - both of which appear to be hugely underpowered compared to this machine!
Edited by: "stevep94" 4th Aug 2017
Perplexed as to why Dell cheaped out in the first place.
To be fair it was almost 7 years ago!
5% quidco on laptop sales for next 2 days making price nearer £800
Just ordered myself will arrive tomorrow
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