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iBuyPower ships Core i7-powered Battalion 101 W870CU gaming laptop

Darren Murph
You could certainly argue that many of today's gaming laptops are fungible, but if you're scouting a new beast with a Core i7 within and plenty of customizable options, iBuyPower has one of the few available today. The outfit has just launched its Battalion 101 W870CU, a 17.3-inch behemoth with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution LCD, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 GPU, up to 500GB of hard drive space, an optional Blu-ray drive, built-in 7-in-1 card reader, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Windows 7 Home Premium. It's up for order as we speak, but you'll be coughing up at least $2,505 for the privilege. Or, you know, you could just snap up ASUS' Core i7-equipped G51J, which retails for just $1,499...