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iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 M571TU 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 M571TU 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 M571TU

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The Bottom Line

Jul 17 2009 - The iBUYPOWER Batallion 101 M571TU is certainly a system for those interested in PC gaming. With its high end Core 2 Duo mobile processor, DDR3 memory and GeForce GTX 280M graphics, it certainly can push the frames in today's 3D games. The system isn't without its issues however. Viewing just slightly off angle causes color washout on the display and the fan noise can get very loud when it is heavily used. There is also the price that is just above the $2000 mark.

Pros

  • Very Strong Processor
  • Excellent 3D Performance
  • Fair Number of Customization Options

Cons

  • Very Narrow Viewing Angle
  • Fan Noise Very Loud During Heavy Usage
  • Realatively Expensive

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 17" WUXGA (1920x1200) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M Graphics With 1GB Memory
  • v.92 56kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, DVI, HDMI, Express/54, 7-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 15.6" x 11.5" x 1.8" @ 8.4 lbs
  • Vista Home Premium

Guide Review - iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 M571TU 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Jul 17 2009 - The iBUYPOWER Battalion M571TU is based upon the Clevo M571TU barebones system. This is a minor upgrade to the previous M570TU with the changing of a few external ports.

Performance on the M571TU is very strong thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 dual core processor. This combined with the DDR3 memory allows the system to power through most applications without any problems. The default configuration only comes with 2GB of memory which is a bit low. It would be nice to see iBUYPOWER raise this to the more traditional 4GB for desktop replacements.

Storage is also quite good thanks to the high speed 320GB hard drive. This allows programs to load quickly and still provides it with a fair amount of storage space. iBUYPOWER does offer a fair amount of alternatives for larger or smaller drives as well as solid state drives although they tend to raise the already high price tag up quickly. It would have been nice to see a Blu-ray compatible drive as well instead of the standard DVD burner.

The 17-inch display on the M571TU provides it with a very high 1920x1200 resolution that will appeal to many gamers. The downside to this is the display has a very narrow viewing angle. Just viewing slight off angle will cause the colors to wash out. At least the GeForce GTX 280M graphics do a good job of allowing many games to play up to the native resolution. Some more demanding games will have to run below that though.

With all these high performance parts, heat is generally a problem. To get around this, there is a cooling fan for the CPU and one for the graphics. When under normal usage, this doesn't cause any issues. Under heavy graphics usage, this causes a fair amount of noise as both fans spin up to speed. At least the design does keep the temps relatively low for such a high performance setup.

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