We had our first brush with Intel's new mobile Core i7 processors in the Clevo W870CU, a behemoth of a notebook with a 17.3" display, a two-inch-thick enclosure, and a GeForce GTX 280M graphics module—a semi-portable gaming rig, in other words.
Well, mobile gamers can now buy this contraption from iBuypower. The system builder has started selling the machine under the Battalion 101 moniker for $2,114. That amount of money will get you the 17.3" 1920x1080 display, a Core i7-720QM quad-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, the same GeForce GTX 280M we had, 250GB of 5,400-RPM mechanical storage, a DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
There's a 3,800 mAh battery, too, but in our tests (admittedly with a faster CPU), the W870CU stayed up for less than an hour of web surfing. If you get one of these, expect to be tethered to a wall socket more often than not.
Folks with a little more cash kicking around can soup up the Battalion 101 with a Core i7-920XM, up to 8GB of RAM, up to two 500GB 7,200-RPM hard drives (you can choose among several Intel and Kingston SSDs, too), and Blu-ray. iBuypower quotes an estimated ship date of November 24 if you order now.
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