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PC Specialist Defiance IV (w/ Core i7 & GTX 1070)

Rating: 8.0.

The PC Specialist Defiance IV is a large, subtle gaming laptop that eschews extravagant features for solid specifications and a low price – but can this £1,399 machine outpace rivals that offer more glamour?

It certainly gets off to a good start – at least when it comes to the components. The GTX 1070 is one of the world’s most popular graphics chips, and it’s paired with a familiar Core i7 processor. There’s the usual 16GB of memory alongside an SSD and a hard disk.

It’s got a 17.3in screen, too, so it’s got the size advantage over many smaller notebooks – and the screen can rattle through the frames at 120Hz, which means gaming will appear smoother than on panels that rely on lesser refresh rates.


  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel core i7 7700HQ (2.8Ghz – 3.8GHz)
  • Display: 17.3” 120Hz Full HD LCD in LED backlight 1920×1080 16:9
  • Memory Supplied: 1 x 16GB
  • Memory Type: DDR4
  • Memory Speed: 2133
  • Max Memory Support: 32GB
  • Graphics Chipset: nVidia GeForce GTX 1070
  • Graphics Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD
  • Keyboard Type: Chiclet
  • 1 Ports: 5
  • HDMI Port(s): 1
  • Microphone/headphone Jack(s): 3
  • Card Reader: SD (XC/HC)
  • Audio: 2.0 sound by Realtek
  • Wireless LAN – Intel 2×2 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth: V4.2
  • Webcam: Full HD type ([email protected])
  • Warranty: 3yr Labour w/ 1mth C&R, 1yr parts

Total cost £1,399 inc vat

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  • James Vader

    Low carbon economy is here.

  • cool specs look okay

  • Decends

    Gonna have to install a hard drive or second large cappacity SSD for main storage of game libraries. 256GB aint jack for storage space anymore.

  • Trevor Partington

    uuuugh its a laptop !

  • Calvin Summerlin

    This is one of many laptops based on the Clevo PA70HS chassis.

  • ferryporsche

    96c on a 7700hq? Looks like it needs a thermal paste replacement…

  • Hatsune Vocaloid Miku

    Didn’t you read? There’s already a 1TB HDD.

  • Decends

    Must be a typo on front page then. Under storage in the list of specifications it only mentions the SSD not the hard drive.

  • Rebecca Pease

    I can’t find the laptop with these specs at the price given on here (£1,399). I have put the specs into the website and it is coming out at £1,544. Have I got it wrong or has the review?

  • Rebecca Pease

    It was me. The link wasn’t working correctly on my mobile device.