Best Gaming Laptop for 2011

Hardcore gaming has taken a new leap into the mobile world and can now be done anywhere. Gaming laptops have given gamers around the world a new way to destroy their friends online or work together to take down the next raid boss. Being able to play a game while on a plane or on the road is not only possible but has become very popular. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 from iBuypower gives the player an absolutely amazing gaming experience every time. The 2x Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire graphics card, 4GB of DDR3 memory and Intel Core i7 740QM processor give this computer plenty of power to handle most any game on the market. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 has the best hardware out of any gaming laptop we reviewed and has earned our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for its amazing performance.


When looking into getting a gaming system of any kind the first thing to look at is the graphics card. You are going to want a card that will not only work for the current games out, but one that will be able to handle games for the next few years as well. It is even more important to look at what comes in a gaming laptop because it is very hard to replace parts on your own, so having something that is going to work for a long time is a must. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 has one of the best mobile ATI graphics cards on the market which means you are going to be able to run pretty much any game on the highest graphic settings. The 2x Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire has 1GB of memory which allows the card to display those very detailed images even better.

A 3D premium surround sound onboard sound card is used for the audio on this laptop. Almost all laptops use simple sound cards and will not be able to produce the amazing sound you will find on a desktop computer. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 and all of the other gaming laptops we reviewed all have this same issue; the sound quality is far below that of standalone speakers. That being said, the Battalion does produce very good sound for a laptop and that is due to the size of this notebook. With a 18.4 inch screen and base they were able to fit a lot more into this gaming laptop.


The processor is basically the brain of your computer; it tells the computer what instructions to do and how to carry them out. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 gaming laptop has one of the best CPUs (Central processing unit) available for laptops. The Intel Core i7-740QM mobile processor will keep your computer and all of its programs running at top notch. This amazing little device has a clock speed of 1.72GHz, four cores and eight threads. What does all of that mean in terms of processing speed and how your gaming laptop will work? Basically, the clock speed is how fast information can be processed (speed limit); the threads and cores would be similar to freeways (four cores) and lanes (eight threads) on the freeway. There are four areas that have eight threads in which information can move to and from the processor. 1.73GHz is actually quite fast when compared to the best processors which run around 1.86GHz or really close to that speed.


If we take a step back and look at what games required to run at top performance 5 years ago and look at what they take now, it is easy to see why RAM (random access memory) is becoming even more important. If you are not running at least 4GB of ram in any gaming laptop or computer, odds are you are not having the best performance. Luckily for those who choose this top ranked gaming laptop you will have 4GB of DDR3 RAM which is about perfect for most games. There is an option to upgrade and if you are planning for the future it may be a good choice.

That being said, almost all gaming laptops out right now use 4GB so the Battalion 101 X8100-U3 is right on track. The only place this laptop lacks is when we look at the amount of hard drive space it has, with only 320GB of RAM you will want to be careful about loading too many movies, music or other such extras. 320GB is more than enough for most gamers since some of the biggest games out only use about 30GB at most.

Additional Features: 

The first thing you are going to notice is that all of the high end gaming laptops use Windows 7 Home Premium. This is because all gaming companies are making games for this OS (operating system) because it works well and can handle multitasking. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 is by far our largest gaming laptop coming in at 18.4 inches. Some may find this to be a huge plus because of the very large screen whiles others may not like the large size when it comes to portability. It does weigh a lot more than the 15 inch screens, but will provide a much better gaming experience. It also has a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels which is what we would expect from our number one gaming laptop.

One thing we really loved on this computer was the overall look and feel of the laptop; it feels very sturdy and the buttons don’t feel like they are going to fall off. You will find all of your basic volume and other touch screen controls along the top of the keyboard, along with a set of hotkey buttons on the left hand side of the keyboard. One of the most important connection types for a laptop would be USB ports and this computer offers four. These allow for connecting a mouse, external hard drive, Blu-ray player and just about anything else. When running games, media and other such software the Battalion 101 X8100-U3 will run for about two and half hours on a full charge. This is about average for a gaming laptop and plenty long for most people.


iBuyPower’s support and warranties page is very easy to navigate and you will find all of the different help options on one page. This is a huge plus since some sites send you from page to page just to view additional information. Drivers, FAQs, technical support and warranty services are all quick and simple to use and find the answers you seek. There is also a live chat option for those concerned about the purchase process. Overall, we were pleased with the one year warranty offered for this gaming laptop and found this site’s support and warranty section very inviting.


Purchasing a gaming laptop can be a very scary thing but iBuyPower has made it very easy, the Battalion 101 X8100-U3 is by far one of the best gaming laptops on the market today. This amazing device allows you to take your gaming experience on the road and still run those graphic-intense games with ease. When it comes to top of the line hardware and large viewing experience, you will be hard-pressed to find anything better than the Battalion 101 X8100-U3.


Battalion 101 X8100-U3 18.4″ Full HD 1920X1080 Widescreen LCD TFT Laptop w/8 Gaming Key, 2 HDMI ports, eSATA port, Fingerprint Security, Bluetooth, Li-Polymer battery, Universal AC Power Adapter – Original Metallic Black

Intel® Core™ i7-740QM Mobile Processor (4x 1.73GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

4GB [2GB x 2] 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] – Corsair or Major Brand

Video Card
2x ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 – 1GB [X8100] – CrossFire Mode

Hard Drive
320 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive

Optical Drive
8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [X8100]

Flash Media Reader/Writer
Built-in 7-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop]

Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card
Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN [Laptop]

Fax Modem
Built-in 56K V.92 Fax Modem [Laptop]

IEEE 1394 FireWire Card
Built-in 1x IEEE 1394 FireWire Port [Laptop]

Internal Wireless Network Adapter
Standard 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) – 64-Bit

USB Accessories
Built-in 4x USB 2.0 Ports + 2x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop]

Carrying Case
Free Deluxe Carrying Case

Video Camera
Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera

Standard Warranty Service – Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime