iBuyPower Battalion Touch CZ-10

Spec review :
  • Processor : Intel Core2Duo P8700 2.53GHz (3MB cache), 1066MHz FSB
  • Memory : 2 x 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
  • Hard drive : 500GB SATA II 5,400rpm
  • Graphics card : 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
  • Screen : 15.6-inch WXGA 1366 x 768 multi touch
  • Operating system : Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • DirectX 10 supported
  • Dimension (HWD) : 1.1~1.4x14.7x9.6 inches
  • Optical drive : 8x DVD-RW + 16x CD-RW Combo Dual Format
  • Primary 6-cell smart lithium battery
  • Universal AC power adapter
  • Standard 1 year warranty + lifetime technical support
  • Plus internal system.
Price : $899.00
Starting price : $899.00
Weight : 6.05 pounds
Customizable : yes.
For more information about component, customization and price, visit iBuyPower's official website here.
The specification above is the default setting, so it comes with default (not minimum, as it still can be downgraded) price and weight.
External accesories, aside Deluxe carrying case, are not included.


Again, a 'very' cheap yet powerful gaming laptop is here! What specification do you expect with a budget less than $1000? Battalion Touch CZ-10 offers Core2Duo P8700 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB SATA II hard drive and 512MB Mobility Radeon HD 4650 for $900! Plus backpack. A very competitive price for an amazing specification. And what else do you expect for an 15-inch gaming laptop? Battalion Touch CZ-10 has weight of 6 pounds! As you all know, 15-inch gaming laptops usually have weight over 7 to 8 pounds, even M15x is 9 pounds over. So Battalion Touch CZ-10 is much lighter compared with other 15-inch gaming laptop. And what what else else? Battalion Touch CZ-10 has touch screen! Give it a touch with your finger, and the cursor will move! What a magic! So call it... magical laptop!
Battalion Touch CZ-10 uses Core2Duo P8700. It has VT-x, TXT, Enhanced Speedstep Technology and Execute Disable Bit to improve virtualization system, enable very high performance and security. Unfortunately, Core2Duo system isn't supported with Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading Technologies, which are very useful for gaming and multi-tasking activities.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 is, technically, the same as Mobility HD 4670 with little lower clockrate. The gaming performance is also a bit below Mobility HD 4670. Paired with Core2Duo P8700, Mobility Radeon HD 4650 can play most DX9 games (Far Cry 2, F.E.A.R 2, GRID, Company of Heroes, Modern Warfare 1&2, etc) are able to be played at high setting flawlessly. DX10 games  (Crysis, NFS : Shift, Anno 1404, etc) should run well at low-medium setting, as high setting will cause very slow performance.
For the memory, 4GB DDR3 at 1333MHz is more than enough for current games. Current games have memory requirement approximately 2GB, so 4GB will just run fast and flawlessly. No need to upgrade if you were only for gaming. Well, if you like big memory for certain reasons (3D programming, designing, drawing, etc), you still can upgrade it to 8GB for $455. It's all up to you, adjust with your needs. Optimize  performance for your needs with the available budget wisely. Just don't waste your money.
For the hard drive, 500GB is quite big to store HD games and multimedia applications, but with spin rate of 5,400rpm it will be too slow for gaming, especially for current games, and later, of course. You still can upgrade it to 7,200rpm with an additional cost of $42. A reasonable price for a great improvement. I suggest you (no persuasion) do upgrade it, if you love gaming, because I do. Again, it's all up to you.
Battalion Touch CZ-10 has solid battery life. It can last for 3 hours and 15 minutes while surfing via WiFi, and 2 hours and 15 minutes while playing DVD. Above average for an 15-inch gaming laptop.
Alright, let's go to bed... err, the badness. Comin'!
As an 15-inch gaming laptop, it's very disappointing that Battalion Touch CZ-10 has only 1366x768 maximum resolution. Generally, 15-inch gaming laptops have 1920x1080 resolution, much higher than Battalion Touch CZ-10. Really, it gives good gaming performance, but not gaming experience. What a great loss...
A gaming laptop mostly doesn't use touch screen. So, what is this touch screen for? Style only? Well, you still can use it for pointing and clicking units and buildings in RTS games, though using mouse is much more comfortable. Also, this laptop isn't only for gaming, is it? Actually, the touch screen is very helpful, but limited in non-gaming activities, mostly.
Speaker quality is bad. Headphones and/or external speakers is highly suggested for gaming and playing music. No persuasion.
Some keyboard problems.
Crappy design. Very not cool for a gaming laptop. Not charming. No good.
Okay, those are common cons of Battalion Touch CZ-10. If  you find any additional pros and/or cons, please write in comment.


References :
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4650.13883.0.html
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37006&code=Intel%u00ae+Core%u21222+Duo+Processor+P8700+(3M+Cache%2c+2.53+GHz%2c+1066+MHz+FSB)
http://computershopper.com/laptops/reviews/ibuypower-battalion-touch-cz-10
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/ibuypower-battalion-touch-cz-10.aspx?page=1
http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Battalion_Touch_CZ-10_Gaming_Notebook

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