Just a month after pushing out a smaller duo of gaming laptops, Maingear has now revealed an entirely new line catering to mid-range gamers. The Alt-15 and Alt-17 both start right around the magical $1,000 point, and moreover, both rely on NVIDIA's graphics-switching Optimus technology to conserve battery life when you don't need the GPU pegged. The Alt-15 is a 15.6-incher with a Core i5 or Core i7 Mobile processor, NVIDIA's GeForce GT 425M (1GB), up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, an optional Blu-ray drive, your choice of an HDD or SSD, Windows 7, a fingerprint reader, HDMI / VGA outputs, a USB 3.0 socket (plus a trio of USB 2.0 sockets) and a $1,049 base price. The bigger, beefier Alt-17 gets away with a 17.3-inch LCD (1080p) and most of the same specifications as listed above, though you'll see a starting tag that's $50 more. Hit the links below if you're up for a little customization.
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MAINGEAR LAUNCHES THE ALT-15 AND ALT-17 NOTEBOOKS POWERED WITH NVIDIA® OPTIMUS™ TECHNOLOGY

Kenilworth, New Jersey – November 18, 2010 - MAINGEAR™, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers has just added two new high performance notebook options to their product line, The Alt-15 and Alt-17, both notebooks utilize NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology with Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 mobile processors that will give the performance and longevity for mobile users on the go.

The MAINGEAR Alt-15 and Alt-17 are hybrid notebooks that offer outstanding graphics performance while also prolonging battery life utilizing NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology. Both notebooks pack a dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 425M GPU with 1GB GDDR3 memory, choice of Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 mobile processor, 1920x1080 16:9 HD resolutions, up to 8GB of DDR3 1066MHZ memory and up to 512GB Solid State Drive or up to 500GB Hybrid SSDs hard drives. Gamers and PC enthusiasts who are on the go can now enjoy watching a HD movie, surfing the web, or playing the latest PC games with the reassurance of getting the best performance and the longest battery life.

Both of the new notebooks combine functionality and design with built-in biometric security via fingerprint reader and Kensington locks for security, touch sensitive hotkeys for executing customizable macros and applications, and MAINGEAR's M.A.R.C. laser engraving that offers a clean and elegant design.

"We are proud to offer two new notebooks with NVIDIA's Optimus technology that extends battery life which for people on the go is a must." said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. "Power, portability, and style is what MAINGEAR is what the Alt series notebooks is all about."

"MAINGEAR new line of notebooks use GeForce GPUs and their inherent graphics plus features to offer users an experience they cannot get from competing solutions," said David Ragones, director of GeForce product marketing at NVIDIA. "The battery efficiency of Optimus technology, or the gaming visuals of GeForce GPUs, NVIDIA is providing the technology that consumers get excited about."

MAINGEAR Alt-15:

* Video Card: NVidia® Geforce® GT 425M with 1GB GDDR3 Memory
* Display: 15.6 LED Widescreen glossy display full 1920x1080 16:9 HD resolutions
* Processor: Intel® Core™ i5/i7 mobile processor – up to 2.8GHZ (3.4GHZ Turbo Mode)
* Memory: Up to 8GB DDR3 1066MHz
* Optical Drive: DVD±R/RW Combo drive, Blu-ray/DVD±R/RW Combo Drive
* Hard Drive: Up to 512GB Solid State Drive, up to 500GB Hybrid SSDs, or up to 750GB 5400RPM SATA 2.5
* Network Adapter: Integrated b/g/n wireless
* Audio: Integrated High-Definition Audio
* Media Card Reader: 3-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC)
* Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-Bit
* Battery: Removable Li-Polymer Lithium-Ion
* Security: Fingerprint reader and Kensington lock
* I/O Ports: 1 HDMI out, 1 CRT out, 1 USB 3.0 Port, 3 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 eSATA, 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack, 1 S/PDIF output Jack, 1 RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)
* Camera: Built-in 2.0M Digital Video Camera
* Optional: External USB ATSC HDTV / ANALOG TV-Tuner with Remote
* Dimensions: 14.72" (w) x 9.8" (d) x 0.98~1.46" (h)
* Starting at $1,049

MAINGEAR Alt-17:

* Video Card: 1GB DDR3 NVidia® Geforce® GT 425M with Optimus Technology
* Display: 17.3" LED Widescreen glossy display full 1920x1080 16:9 HD resolutions
* Processor: Intel® Core™ i5/i7 mobile processor – up to Intel Core i7 640M Processor
* Memory: Up to 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1066MHz
* Optical Drive: DVD±R/RW Combo drive, Blu-ray/DVD±R/RW Combo Drive
* Hard Drive: Up to 512GB Solid State Drive, up to 500GB Hybrid SSDs, or up to 750GB 5400RPM SATA 2.5
* Network Adapter: Integrated b/g/n wireless
* Audio: Integrated High-Definition Audio
* Media Card Reader: 3-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC)
* Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-Bit
* Battery/Keyboard: Removable Li-Polymer Lithium-Ion, full size keyboard with numeric pad
* Security: Fingerprint reader and Kensington lock
* I/O Ports: 1 HDMI out, 1 CRT out, 1 USB 3.0 Port, 3 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 eSATA, 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack, 1 S/PDIF output Jack, 1 RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)
* Camera: Built-in 2.0M Digital Video Camera
* Optional: External USB ATSC HDTV / ANALOG TV-Tuner with Remote
* Dimensions: 16.26" (w) x 10.93" (d) x 0.99~1.53" (h)
* Starting at $1,099

All of MAINGEAR products are supported with lifetime labor and phone support with one to three year hardware warranty. For more information about MAINGEAR's Alt-15 and the Alt-17, please visit www.maingear.com