Everyone knows that if you want a 'real' gaming notebook, bigger really is better. More size, more space for space-sapping stuff such as dedicated graphic cards and a huge screen. But with the Pulse 17, Maingear's decided to up the design stakes by packing the hardware into a super-slender chassis.
The model is a departure from its usual approach to notebooks which placed more emphasis on gaming horsepower as opposed to looks.
Where'd the weight go?
The base model has a new 2.4GHz Haswell Core i7-4700HQ, overclockable to 3.4GHz. There's also an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card and, get this, 16GB of RAM. Also built-in: two speakers and a subwoofer (yes, really) and four USB3.0 slots, as well as two MiniDisplay ports. That's a lot of power for one so slim.
As for the screen, what you get is a cool 17.3-inch widescreen at 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Pair it with either two 480GB SSDs in a Raid 0 configuration or a single 1TB HDD. Expect to pay at least US$2,099 and more depending on what options you choose.
Sounds like quite the beast but the release mentions nothing about battery life – so we'd expect to keep this plugged in to a mains. And we also don't know exactly how thin it is, either. But hey, it sure looks pretty svelte. Stay tuned for more information as we get it.
Update: The Maingear Pulse 17 is a ridiculous 0.86in thin when closed. And yes, we might just try shaving with it.