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PCSpecialist Defiance III 17.3 Laptop (w/ GTX 1060)

Rating: 9.0.

Here at KitGuru we have already seen the monster that is the Asus ROG GX800VH – featuring dual GTX 1080s. However, with the price expected to be upwards of £5000, it is out of reach for most laptop gamers. That is where the PCSpecialist Defiance III comes in. It sports a Pascal GTX 1060 GPU, quad-core i7 processor and 16GB DDR4 memory, all in an attractive chassis. At £1349, it is still an investment, but do its features make the price worthwhile?

Given that the PCSpecialist Defiance III utilises a desktop GTX 1060, which we reviewed here, we can expect great performance on the 1080p, 17.3in display. A 512GB M.2 SSD is accompanied by a 1TB SSHD, and given the array of USB ports (Type-C and Type-A) also included, the Defiance III looks like a very exciting proposition on paper.

We put the Defiance III through its paces and see how it fares.

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Specifications

  • Chassis & Display Defiance Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
  • Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor 6700HQ (2.6GHz, 3.5GHz Turbo)
  • Memory (RAM): 16GB HyperX IMPACT 2133MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 – 6.0GB GDDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12.1, G-SYNC
  • Storage: Hard Disk 1TB SEAGATE HYBRID 2.5″ SSHD Drive, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (5400 rpm). M.2 SSD 512GB SANDISK X400 M.2 2280 (up to 540MB/R, 520MB/W)
  • Memory Card Reader: Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
  • AC Adaptor: 1 x 200W AC Adaptor
  • Sound Card: Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + MIC/Headphone + SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3
  • Bluetooth & Wireless: GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH USB
  • Ports: 5 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
  • Battery: Defiance Series 4 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (60WH)
  • Keyboard: DEFIANCE SERIES RGB BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Notebook Mouse: INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
  • Webcam: INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
  • Warranty: 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

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  • Ryuhoshi

    Damn. Putting desktop Pascals aside, the new generation of mobile gpus is basically a revolution, especially incredibly well balanced power consumption to performance wise 1060. Simply brilliant!

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  • Eggfart

    21 pages of review and barely any mention of the quality of screen they’ve used. It’s such a huge factor in choosing a laptop; how on earth did you manage to overlook it?!

    I hope someone’s given you that feedback already between writing this and now!