iBUYPOWER Goes Multi-Touch With 1080p Battalion Touch CZ-11 Gaming Notebook - HotHardware
iBUYPOWER Goes Multi-Touch With 1080p Battalion Touch CZ-11 Gaming Notebook

iBUYPOWER Goes Multi-Touch With 1080p Battalion Touch CZ-11 Gaming Notebook

Desktop replacement notebooks aren't as popular as they once were, but the big boys still have a place in the laptop world. A really, really big place. iBUYPOWER has just revealed what might be the most noticeable notebook of the year so far, not only because of the great specifications list, but the sheer size of this unit.

The Battalion Touch CZ-11 differs from most monsters, as it has some smarts to go along with the muscle. The main standout is the 1080p multi-touch trackpad, making it one of the first (and only) multi-touch gaming machines in existance. It also includes a Core i7 processor, a 15" display, 4GB of DDR3 memory, an ATI Radeon HD 5650 GPU, DirectX 11 support and an optional Blu-ray drive. It can be configured for as little as $1299 for "gamers," while a lower-end model can be purchased for $1100, but it's mostly for multi-media lovers who don't fire up Crysis 2 very often.


iBUYPOWER Announces Availability of Battalion Touch CZ-11 with Intel Core i7 Processor and Full HD 1080 LCD

El Monte, CA – March 30, 2010 – iBUYPOWER, a leading innovator in gaming PCs, is excited to announce availability of the new multi-touch gaming notebook – Battalion Touch CZ-11. Launching on the heels of the highly successful Battalion Touch CZ-10, the CZ-11 is second in a line of new multi-touch notebooks from iBUYPOWER. iBUYPOWER Battalion Touch Notebooks are the only multi touch gaming notebooks currently available anywhere in the world.

“Multi touch is one of the fastest growing PC gaming interfaces,” said Darren Su, Executive Vice President of iBUYPOWER. “Pairing those capabilities with a Core i7 processor, high definition LCD and graphics card allows the CZ-11 to meet the mobile gaming needs of almost any user.”

The Battalion Touch multi touch gaming notebooks are perfect for Real-Time strategy gaming titles like R.U.S.E from Ubisoft, which is available in Beta now and due out on June 3 of this year.  The beta has already been downloaded by well over 1 million gamers worldwide.

iBUYPOWER’s newest 15-inch multi-touch gaming notebook features a Full HD 1920x1080 LCD with DirectX-11 capable graphics and the powerful new Intel Core i7- mobile processor.  The CZ-11 also features 4GB of DDR3 memory, an ATI Radeon HD 5650 DirectX 11 graphics card, 500 GB hard drive and an optional Blu-ray drive. Starting at a gaming-ready configuration for just $1,299, the Battalion Touch CZ-11 can be customized to meet your needs for as low as $1,100.

Customers with more specific gaming needs can configure a fully customizable gaming PC at www.iBUYPOWER.com. All iBUYPOWER systems come standard with 1 year limited warranty and lifetime technical support.




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What could a do with a multi-touch track pad in a game?

 

A bit of a side comment, but not really because it was mentioned in the press release. I played RUSE and it was a bit weird. Maybe because it was in beta, but I just didn't like that play style. It was like making the board game Risk into an RTS. In RTS, there is a fog of war. In RUSE, it is slightly different. At least in the beta, you can see if the enemy was sending units your way, but you just don't know what unit it was until it came into visible range. I didn't like that very much. Teching up to units is a lot faster.

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RyuGTX:

What could a do with a multi-touch track pad in a game?

 

A bit of a side comment, but not really because it was mentioned in the press release. I played RUSE and it was a bit weird. Maybe because it was in beta, but I just didn't like that play style. It was like making the board game Risk into an RTS. In RTS, there is a fog of war. In RUSE, it is slightly different. At least in the beta, you can see if the enemy was sending units your way, but you just don't know what unit it was until it came into visible range. I didn't like that very much. Teching up to units is a lot faster.

There are still a few days left for the RUSE public beat on Steam. I've been playing it for about 20 days now. You're right, it's extremely weird at first, and I think it would be best played on a multi-touch screen, specifically a tabletop that was seen in the debut trailer.  

Once you get the hang of it it's actually a really fun game to play. I was teaming up with my friend and we were 2v2'ing other players from the beta. The game basically starts out with a race to build enough supply depos and factorys to get a solid defense and offense set up. 

Anyway, I was wondering the same thing: Besides RUSE what good use would a multi touch track pad be? 

Personally tough I was paying more attention to the cpu and gpu that this monster possesses. 

Disclaimer Warning: This product may burn through skin after excessive exposure to lap. 


 

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Multi-touch trackpad for gaming? I gotta agree with RyuGTX, I don't like to use my laptops trackpad for any gaming, so a multi-touch one would be useless.

A Multi-touch screen would be a little more interesting...

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Now that you mention it, I see that this laptop uses a 5000 series from ATI. Would love to see the benchmarks on that. As for the processor, I don't think too much of it just because my friend got a nice HP laptop a few months back that sported the i7 720m and a GT 240m for under $1000. Still nice that they have it though.

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A multi-touch track pad is basically useless for gaming but maybe useful to other things. Doesn't hurt to have more on a laptop, its not like anyone that is a true gamer, games with a track pad Wink

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RyuGTX, a better option would be the 15.6" from Origin PC. You can get a i7 processor and a GTX285 for a little over $2000.

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gibbersome:

RyuGTX, a better option would be the 15.6" from Origin PC. You can get a i7 processor and a GTX285 for a little over $2000.

 

How is that a better option when my friend had a budget of $1000? He also isn't that much into gaming to spend 2k on a laptop/desktop. I think that for under $1000, that HP laptop was great a few months back.

 

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OK...when I first saw this. I thought to myself, did Robocop take steroids and shrink his junk :P

Although my current tablet is silver, there is nothing against that. I guess what threw me off was the contrast between the black and silver. Then I looked at their website again, and this thing in all black or red shell does have a really good look!

What really counts is this thing has good power and DX11 performance! That alone with HDMI and an SSD/Blu-Ray(option) makes the price very appetizing :)

It does look very durable and could be a great gaming system that will free you from the desk so you can hook up a projector/HT to it, a couple wireless accessories, and kick WOW on your couch!

It does have some great features in the upgrade department. You would probably want to up the wireless card to the MSI Blutooth one, at no extra charge :) Now, I wish they would just make a 17"+ screen version now! You know for us old farts who don't see to good :P

The multi-touch track pad wont be useless if they ever come out with another Duke Nukem, and you get to go to the little club in the Back! ;)

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