iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 P670SE

Thinner, Yet Still Powerful 17-inch Gaming Laptop

P670SE 17-inch gaming Laptop
iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 P670SE. ©iBUYPOWER

The Bottom Line

Jan 16 2015 - Thin gaming computers are becoming more common now but 17-inch laptops still tend to be large because they emphasize performance. The iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 P670SE tries to straddle the two by offering a thinner and lighter 17-inch gaming laptop without sacrificing too much. In fact, gaming performance is just as good as many heavier models. It does trade off some features though including battery life, no optical drive and more restricted customization options. Still, this is an easy trade off for those that want a more portable gaming experience.


  • Thinner and Lighter Than Most 17-inch Gaming Laptops
  • Strong Gaming Performance
  • Excellent SSD Options


  • Below Average Battery Life
  • Limited to Just One CPU Option
  • No DVD Burner


  • Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive and 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display with 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Graphics with 3GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 3.0, One eSATA (shared), Two mini-DisplayPort, One HDMI, 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16.41" x 11.3" x 1.18" @ 7.05 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review - iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 P670SE

Jan 16 2015 - iBUYPOWER is a systems integrator that takes other companies designs and then customizes them under their own brand name for consumers. The Battalion 101 P670SE is based upon the Clevo P670SE white box notebook that its name is based upon. This is a 17-inch gaming laptop design that tries to emphasis portability rather than raw performance but does so without sacrificing too many features. It is just under one and a fifth inches thick and just over seven pounds. This makes it thinner and lighter than many systems though still not as still as the Razer New Blade Pro but this is a much more affordable system.

One interesting aspect of the Battalion 101 P670SE from iBUYPOWER is the processor. Buyer's only have the selection of the Intel Core i7-4720HQ quad core processor. Frankly, this is a solid processor that should provide it with plenty of performance particularly for gaming. It will lag slightly behind higher processors and it is a bit disappointing that buyer's don't have the option for a higher grade processor but this is likely the result of thermal restrictions. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory which should provide it with a smooth overall experience with Windows.

Now the base configuration of the iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 P670SE features a single hard drive but the configuration that people should really consider features a 256GB solid state drive. This provides it with a nice amount of space for the primary operating system and applications which gives it very fast boot and loading times. The best part is that this uses the new M.2 interface for improved performance depending upon the drive that iBUYPOWER installs in this slot. The other option is to just purchase it with a hard drive and then add your own SSD after purchase to ensure the best performance from a PCI-Express based drive. Using the M.2 slot also allows for a secondary data hard drive to be installed for storing extra programs and media files. If you need to add additional external storage, there are four USB 3.0 ports, one of which shares an eSATA port for use with high speed external storage drives. There is no optical drive so if you need to burn or playback CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs, you will need to use an external drive.

Even with its smaller size, the Battalion 101 P670SE is actually a very strong mobile gaming platform thanks to the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics processor. This is not the highest model available but the performance offers a marked improvement from the last generation such that it can drive games at the full 1920x1080 resolution of the display with high detail levels and smooth frames rates. Now this version of the graphics processor does use just 3GB of video memory which means that it does not work as well when trying to game across multiple displays which is a bit of a shame since it does feature two mini-Displayport connectors and can have three full HD displays. In terms of the LCD panel, it is fairly typical of a gaming laptop that is focusing on fast frames. It sacrifices colors and viewing angles by using a TN technology panel that provides it with faster response times.

The keyboard design for the P670SE uses the isolated layout that is common to many laptops these days. It offers a nice overall spacing that makes typing functional without many errors. The feel may be a bit less than some gamers would like but this is a sacrifice for trying to make the system slimmer. There is a white backlight for those gamers playing in low light. The trackpad is a nice large size centered upon the space bar. It features an accurate enough experience with single and multitouch gestures. There are dedicated left and right button beneath the trackpad which is better than integrated clickpads. Of course, the trackpad is a lesser concern for most gamers that use an external mouse.

To keep the weight down for the P670SE, a relatively small 60WHr capacity battery is integrated into the system. This is smaller than many other gaming laptops but helps keep the size down as well. In digital video playback tests, the system lasts for roughly three hours. This puts it below other high performance gaming systems with larger batteries and well behind the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch which runs for twice as long on a similar sized battery but with more power efficient components. It should be noted that gaming while on batteries will greatly reduce the running time such that you need to be near a power outlet.

With a base price of $1475, the iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 P670SE is a relatively affordable system. With the SSD drive and larger hard drive, the price gets pushed up to $1600. This pits it squarely against a number of larger gaming laptops in a similar price range including the ASUS ROG G751JT and Cyberpower FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200. They offer a similar level of performance from the same graphics and CPU. The ASUS does feature a nicer IPS based display and each has longer running times. An affordable option for those looking at a compact laptop might be the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition but it has less graphics performance from using a GeForce GTX 860M graphics but it is more affordable at $1300 and also features an improved IPS display.