iBuyPower Battalion 101 D900F

Spec review :
  • Processor : Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz (up to 3.06GHz with Turbo Boost) 8MB cache
  • Memory : 3 x 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
  • Hard drive : 320GB SATA II 7,200rpm
  • Graphics card : 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M  PCl-Express with GDDR3
  • Screen : 17-inch FHD 1920 x 1200 TFT LCD
  • Operating system : Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • DirectX 10 supported
  • Dimensions (HWD) : 1.0~2.4x15.5x11.8 inches
  • Optical drive : Dual Format 8x DVD-RW + 16x CD-RW Combo
  • Primary 12-cell lithium ion battery
  • Universal AC adapter
  • Standard 1 year warranty + lifetime technical support
  • Plus internal system.
Price : $2,299.00
Starting price : $2,299.00
Weight : 11.6 pounds.
Customizable : yes.
For more information about component, customization and price, visit here.
The specification above are the default setting of D900F, so it comes with default (not minimum) price and weight. Different components will have changes in price and weight.
External accesories (including any software, but not operating system) are excluded, except for Deluxe carrying case is included.

Battalion 101 D900F is quite expensive for a gaming laptop, yet it comes with very intense specification!  With Core i7-930, GTX 285M and 6GB DDR3 memory, Battalion 101 D900F is very dangerous for gaming. This beast  can play almost every games with maximum setting. Very comparable to Alienware, but not in price. It costs  $290 more than M15x that I recommend, with great improvement in processor, memory and graphics card, but with less hard drive capacity. Battalion 101 D900F is a good option for hardcore gamers. Well, Battalion 101 D900F also suits casual gamers, if they do love gaming over money...
Core i7 is very popular among gaming laptops these days. Core i7-930 is featured with Turbo Boost to increase performance of demanding applications, Hyper-Threading Technology to get more efficient use of processor resources and higher processing output, Virtualization Technology (VT-x) to allow multiple operating system to run simultaneously, VT-d, Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) to defend computer from software-based attacks, Enhanced Speedstep Technology to enable instantaneous performance using low power, and Execute Disable Bit. Core i7-930 is also very suitable paired with Intel X58 Express chipset. Great Combo. Another big info, i7-930 has very impressive overclocking potential. It has maximum overclock of  4.3GHz, performance improvement up to 53%! Wow... Don't believe? Read here.
GTX 285M is the fastest graphics card from NVIDIA, before the release of GTX 480M  surely. GTX 285M is 6% faster than GTX 280M, means it can run most latest games in ultra setting (Crysis and BF : Bad Company 2 should run well in high setting, though). GTX 285M is equipped with CUDA to increase computing performance, PureVideo to bring ultra-smooth video, and of course PhysX to bring more realistic gaming experience. It consumes high power, though. Only suitable for big laptops with strong cooling system.
The 6GB memory is far from enough for gaming. Most latest games need only 2GB too run flawlessly. Upgrade is not necessary if you were only to play games. Upgrade is for designing, programming, CADing and/or other multi-tasking activities, which need lots of RAM. You can upgrade the memory to 12GB with additional cost of  $684. Whoops... why so expensive? Of course because it uses DDR3.
For the hard drive, 320GB is below average for an high-end gaming laptop. You can upgrade it to 500GB 5,400rpm for $14, but it'll be too slow to run current and later games. I suggest (no persuasion) to upgrade it to 500GB with 7,200rpm for $56, as it can run games well. Yet it's up to you, after all.
Alright, now is the time for the cons to show up!
First, as an 17-inch high-end gaming laptop, Battalion 101 D900F is very heavy, nearly as heavy as M17x. It's a tank! Be careful : lifting a heavy tank with bare hands might cause injury, toothache and even death if necessary. Not recommended for children. Don't think 11.6 pounds (5.3kg) is light to lift. It's heavier than (no persuasion) 3 Harry Potter novels stacked together. Perhaps it will need both of your hands to get lifted, so you can't carry it whilst eating ice cream. No! I love ice cream! Not recommended for ice cream lovers... Stupid jokes, huh?
Second, Battalion 101 D900F consumes high power, mainly due to its processor and graphics card. Core i7-930 consumes very high power, 124 watts (idle) and up to 42% increase (176 watts) while being overclocked. GTX 285M consumes nearly 75 watts. The conclusion is, Battalion 101 D900F has insatiable power hunger. Even the fully charged 12-cell battery can not make it to last for up to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Very short battery life, simply say.
Third, and again, crappy design. Is it a laptop? Yes. Is it a block? Yes. So what is it exactly ? It is a block-shaped laptop! Very ugly for an high-end gaming laptop. Very rigid and awkward (in shape) for an $2,000 worth stuff. You spend $2,000 only for this boxy block? Well, it's a laptop, after all...
Well, those are cons according to MY opinion and from some websites related as references for it. Sorry. But basically, Battalion 101 D900F is somewhat similar to any other D900F series from many resellers (Malibal Nine D900F, AVADirect Clevo D900F, etc). It might be re-branded. So, the cons are similar as well. Don't worry, just trust me!

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