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Gaming Notebook Has Touch, Full HD, Core i7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

The latest touch-enabled gaming laptop doesn't look too shabby.

IBUYPOWER sent over a press release Tuesday afternoon announcing its Battalion Touch CZ-11, a new multi-touch gaming notebook that houses Intel's Core i7 processor and AMD's 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5650 graphics. The "game-ready" configuration pricetag isn't all that bad either--$1,200--however gamers can configure the laptop to their specific needs and budgets for as low as $1100.

"Multi touch is one of the fastest growing PC gaming interfaces," said Darren Su, Executive Vice President of iBUYPOWER. "Pairing those capabilities with a Core i7 processor, high definition LCD and graphics card allows the CZ-11 to meet the mobile gaming needs of almost any user."

This portable rig provides a 15.6-inch, Full HD, multi-touch capable LCD with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. Also thrown into the mix is Windows 7 Home Premium, a fingerprint reader, 4GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, and an optional 2X Blu-ray drive.

Gamers wanting to max out this laptop can option for the meatier Intel Core i7-820QM processor, 8GB of DDR3, and a 512GB Corsair Performance Series P512 MLC SSD. Ultimately gamers can spend well over $4300 on the laptop, and that includes Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Edition and popular PC games such as Mass Effect 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Modern Warfare 2, and Bioshock 2 tacked onto the pricetag.

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    shadow187 , March 30, 2010 9:54 PM
    I want to knwo what graphics chip is in that, "Meatier," core i7-820QM.

    Also, throwing an HD5650 into a $1,000+ machine is pointless. Sure, it's great for half-life 2, L4D, team fortress, and your favorite RTS/RPG games. Otherwise...not so much.
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2010 10:16 PM
    for a laptop, the 5650 is one of the best out there. The only things getting more powerful solutions cost at least $1500. I have the 4650 in a Sony VAIO FW series and it plays everything I have at full settings. Granted, I dont have crysis, but still. The desktop 5650 may pale in comparison to the 5850 (which I also own) but for a laptop, you;re not going to get a whole lot better than the 5650.
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    curnel_D , March 30, 2010 11:31 PM
    bavarians6for a laptop, the 5650 is one of the best out there. The only things getting more powerful solutions cost at least $1500. I have the 4650 in a Sony VAIO FW series and it plays everything I have at full settings. Granted, I dont have crysis, but still. The desktop 5650 may pale in comparison to the 5850 (which I also own) but for a laptop, you;re not going to get a whole lot better than the 5650.

    There are laptops with the GTX280M SLI and the 4870M Xfire graphics in them, and for prices that really aren't all that much higher than this. Sure, 6 years ago, you never heard of that kind of power being put in a notebook. But today, it's common if you're shopping anywhere but walmart or best buy.
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    jenesuispasbavard , March 31, 2010 12:01 AM
    bavarians6for a laptop, the 5650 is one of the best out there. The only things getting more powerful solutions cost at least $1500. I have the 4650 in a Sony VAIO FW series and it plays everything I have at full settings. Granted, I dont have crysis, but still. The desktop 5650 may pale in comparison to the 5850 (which I also own) but for a laptop, you;re not going to get a whole lot better than the 5650.
    Umm, there are many laptop GPUs better than the 5650 (which has 128-bit GDDR3 memory, by the way). Anything higher than a 9800M GTS for example, is better than the Mobility Radeon 5650. Of course, the selection at retails stores and even at Newegg is really limited. In fact, the abundance of laptops with 5650s in them at Newegg should tell you that it is a mid-range card, not high-performance.

    Also from experience, my laptop's GTX 260M is significantly faster than roommate's 5650.
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    welshmousepk , March 31, 2010 12:32 AM
    you can get a netbook with a GT335m, so don't saying that the 5650 is as giid as a laptop can get.

    a 5870m or SLId 285's sure as hell beat it.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 31, 2010 12:41 AM
    You know those awkward touchpads on laptop computers that you used instead of a mouse? is the multi-touch lcd screen capability supposed to be a new and improved version of the old touchpads?
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    seallionrampant , March 31, 2010 1:01 AM
    The problem I have with this laptop is that It possibly has no swivel so you can just use it like a tablet to play multitouch games. Unless they put a swivel on it I don't think it will sell well
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    XD_dued , March 31, 2010 1:06 AM
    Wanna hear a joke?

    Gaming Notebook.

    Its honestly just so bad for the money, and these "gaming notebooks" begin to loose their portability. I'd rather just get a mini itx/micro atx system.
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    Glorian , March 31, 2010 3:43 AM
    XD_duedWanna hear a joke?Gaming Notebook.Its honestly just so bad for the money, and these "gaming notebooks" begin to loose their portability. I'd rather just get a mini itx/micro atx system.


    Not every games with first person shooters. This is more than enough for decent gaming, and is suited to be good enough for a home desktop and a portable device.

    The joke is old get over it, it can game fine. I'd much rather carry a laptop to a lan, and I don't wanna get dirty looks when I walk into the local coffee shop with my tower/screen/cords.

    Back on topic, looks like a good machine, i'd be a little more comfortable with a 17" screen and 10-key
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    Overcklockalypse , March 31, 2010 4:42 AM
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    Not every games with first person shooters. This is more than enough for decent gaming, and is suited to be good enough for a home desktop and a portable device.

    The joke is old get over it, it can game fine. I'd much rather carry a laptop to a lan, and I don't wanna get dirty looks when I walk into the local coffee shop with my tower/screen/cords.

    Back on topic, looks like a good machine, i'd be a little more comfortable with a 17" screen and 10-key


    What kind of battery life do you expect to get with that beast? I mean isn't the point of getting a laptop to have it be portable and functional. It's hardly either of those when you are restricted to an outlet. I agree with him that for the cost/functionality/power combination it's hardly practical.
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    griffed88 , March 31, 2010 5:02 AM
    OvercklockalypseWhat kind of battery life do you expect to get with that beast? I mean isn't the point of getting a laptop to have it be portable and functional. It's hardly either of those when you are restricted to an outlet. I agree with him that for the cost/functionality/power combination it's hardly practical.


    I use a gaming laptop and it is very practical for me as a college student. I'm constantly taking my laptop over to friends' dorms for lan parties and whatnot. I get about an hour and a half unplugged, which isn't very good but its something. It definitely beats the hell out of having to lug around a monitor, tower, mouse, and keyboard. I can just plug in and go with my laptop and can play every game out there at acceptable settings with the 9800m GS in it. I can max out most games and keep it around 30fps with the exception of crysis and probably that new metro 2033 game.
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    griffed88 , March 31, 2010 5:03 AM
    also, the laptop is an ASUS g50vt-x5 and was $899 new
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2010 5:32 AM
    What is the price with blanc hard drives?
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    anamaniac , March 31, 2010 6:30 AM
    There's 15" laptops with 1920x1200 screens, don't get lazy now.
    I think maybe a 5770m would be the sweet spot (about equal to a desktop 4670, the 5870m is about equal to a desktop 5770/4870).
    A 25W CPU instead of a 35/45W would also be nice. (Just look at the 28W C2D P9700, 2.8GHz baby!) Maybe one that has some insane turbo meant for dual core mode and completely disables the other two cores if not properly utilized.
    Integrated graphics. This is so you can switch so your dedicated doesn't rape your battery when you don't need it.

    The amount of laptops with 4870m's is sad. It was a great laptop GPU, but barely touched the market.

    Check out the NP8760 by Sager. The 5870m option is $55 cheaper than a GTX 285m. Only $1,600.
    Currently the Alienware M17x with a C2D offers LSI 260m, while a M17x with a i5/i7 has the option for either a single or Xfire 4870m. No love for the 5000's yet.

    I wonder though, how many laptops could you gut out the current crappy dedicated and fit in a 5770m/5870m?
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    miloo , March 31, 2010 6:43 AM
    i prefer m11x more ~ 15.6 gaming laptop just too big for me ~
    hmmm may be i m looking for 13inch laptop with 5970M ? hehe~
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    danielmastia , March 31, 2010 12:55 PM
    I'm just waiting for my M11x, nothing else matters right now
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    warezme , March 31, 2010 1:53 PM
    You guys do know even an older Alienware M15x with 9800GT or GTX will run circles around the M11x?
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    OvrClkr , March 31, 2010 6:03 PM
    Well IMO the best bang for buck right now is the Asus G73JH. For 1,500$ you get a decent core i7 paired with a beautifull mobile 5870...