Reviews and Problems with iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-17
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iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17
26 April 2013
Conclusion: The iBuypower Valkyrie CZ-17 laptop is a multimedia powerhouse with some gaming prowess. It's good, but not necessarily the best at this price point.
Pros: Quad-core i7 processor. Good 3D performance. Excellent multimedia performance. HDMI and VGA. Killer branded Ethernet. Internal upgrade space for memory and second hard drive.
Cons: Ultra-short battery life. Can't quite play smoothly at 1080p at high quality. Negligible Turbo and cooling settings. Start key on right side of keyboard. Busy keyboard layout. Could use an SSD at this price point. No touch screen. No 5GHz Wi-Fi. Extremely Heavy.
Summary: DTR Powerhouse. Introduced late last year, the Valkyrie series is the premier lineup from iBuyPower aimed at hardcore gamers on-the-go and high-performance hunters. Essentially an MSI gamer in disguise, does this $1900 17.3-inch DTR hold up well against the competition?
Pros: Strong brushed aluminum case and smooth aesthetics, Extreme GPU, SSD and overall system performance, Easy maintenance without voiding warranty, High performance HDD, High quality matte TN display, Good battery life, 17.3-inch GTX 680M gaming solution for potentially $1600. The overall aesthetics ...
Cons: Reduced graphics performance when running on batteries, Fan noise always audible, Touch-sensitive controls not always responsive, Relatively heavy even for its size class, No extended warranty options, Battery will sometimes not charge, Extended warranty options beyond the basic one-year limited ...
Summary: Final Thoughts
Gaming laptops, there really are not that many to choose from, but if you are going to make a gaming laptop there are 2 main things that you are going to need if you want gamers to take your product seriously.
Pros: – 17.3inch 1920 x 1080 matte screen, – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M 4GB graphics, – Backlit keyboard and other accent lights, – Comfortable keyboard, – Plenty of expansion (USB, eSATA & extra hard drive bay)
Summary: Really, the laptop we've been presented with today, the iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-17, is an interesting model. It's a fairly solid machine that presents good performance at a value price. There's really no arguing that point. At the same time, there are definitely some changes that it could use.
iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Notebook Review: MSI and iBuyPower Tangle With Alienware
21 August 2012
Conclusion: iBuyPower is a company that you need to be paying attention to. They're slowly but steadily growing from being a boutique player into a mainstream player, and the Valkyrie CZ-17 is proof enough of that.
Excerpt: One of the best side-effects to the focus that manufacturers have placed upon energy efficiency and cool running hardware, is that modern laptops have become extraordinarily powerful when compared to their earlier brethren.