iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Notebook Review - HotHardware

iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Notebook Review

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Given all the frenzy around ultrabooks, Microsoft's Surface, and the low power potential of future chips like Haswell, you might think that desktop replacement-class laptops had fallen out of favor with modern laptop manufacturers. iBuyPower's CZ-17 "Valkyrie" is proof that they haven't -- and while its size and weight won't appeal to road warriors or anyone who needs a svelte portable, it packs a number of significant features into its chassis, at a price that won't break the bank. It also makes a few compromises along the way; we'll show you where they are.
 
iBuyPower's CZ-17 Valkyrie
Specifications & Features 
Processor Options

Dimensions

Weight


Display


System Memory

Graphics


Battery


AC Adapter


Hard Drive Options


Wireless Connectivity


Sound


Webcam


Ports and Connectors


 


 

Operating System 

Pricing
Intel Core i7 3610QM (2.3GHz w/Turbo Boost to 3.3GHz, 6MB L3 cache)

Height: 2.2" / Width: 11.3" / Depth: 16.9"

6.9lbs (with 9-cell battery)


17.3" HD (1920x1080) MATTE 


8GB DDR3 1333MHz (2x DIMM sockets)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M 4GB


48Whr batter: 6-Cell (built-in). Up to 7 hours (usage) and 10 days (standby) battery life claimed.


65W AC Adapter


750 GB 7200 RPM HDD (Many other options available)

  Atheros KilerNIC 802.11b/g/n


Unspecified speakers.

3.0 Megapixel Webcame


Mic / Headphone / Line-in / Line-out jacks (Audio)
2x USB 2.0
3x USB 3.0
4-in-1 Card Reader
Gigabit LAN

 Windows 7 Home Premium w/ Windows 8 Upgrade Option

$1459 (As Configured)

 


 

The spec sheet gives you a good idea of where iBuyPower has focused its attention. The Valkyrie CZ-17 uses a 17" 1920x1080 panel with a matte finish. If you hate glossy panels, this alone should put the system on your radar. 1080p panels are tough to find at this price point -- Dell's 17" Inspirons all use a 1600x900 resolution; Alienware's cheapest MX-17 starts at $1649 for a 1920x1080 panel -- and theirs is still a glossy.

Wireless Ethernet is courtesy of Atheros' KilerNIC, there's multiple USB 3.0 ports, and the system doesn't skimp on RAM or GPU power. The GTX 675M is a rebadged GTX 580M, but as we'll see, it's more than capable of powering a system of this type.
 

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The possessive of "they" is "theirs." Please edit. Also, according to the graphic, the battery life test indicates that lower is better. That seems counter-intuitive; wouldn't we want longer battery life, rather than shorter?

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RT,

Please expand your criticism. I've searched the entire article for all instances of "They" and "There's."

"iBuyPower's CZ-17 "Valkyrie" is proof that they haven't."

'They', in this sentence, refers to desktop-replacement laptop chassis. They haven't what? Fallen out of favor.

You're correct that "theirs" would be the possessive form "Who does that Valkyrie belong to? It's theirs" but I see no instance of the word being used in that context.

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"The spec sheet gives you a good idea of where iBuyPower has focused its attention. The Valkyrie CZ-17 uses a 17" 1920x1080 panel with a matte finish. If you hate glossy panels, this alone should put the system on your radar. 1080p panels are tough to find at this price point -- Dell's 17" Inspirons all use a 1600x900 resolution; Alienware's cheapest MX-17 starts at $1649 for a 1920x1080 panel -- and there's is still a glossy."

Bottom of the first page.

 

And, given the ability to pay for it ("Driver carries no cash; he's married"), this Valkyrie would be mine.

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Are the specs correct for the AC Adapter being only 65W?

A gaming notebook with NVIDIA GTX675M graphics and Intel i7 3610QM normally would have a 180W.

Also why the GTX675M(Fermi) when the GTX675MX(Kepler) is available to put in the unit.

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Joel, I see you were wise enough to take RTitjens' corrigendum suggestion ad notam (even if you didn't respond to his second posting in the thread) ; may I be so bold as to suggest another correction ? On the next to last page of your detailed review, the following table caption is found :

Battery Life

Battery Easter Pro, Web Browsing

Time in Minutes (Lower is Better)

Unless I've grossly misunderstood the issue at hand, the comment in parentheses should rather be «Higher is Better». Surely longer battery life is better than shorter - at least for users ?...

Henri

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