Maingear Pulse 17 review: portability, paint and power come at a hefty price
Maingear’s Pulse 17 is a powerful and gorgeous laptop, crammed full of high-end specs and wrapped up in a sports car shell. The only downside is that you’ll be shelling out the better part of three grand just to get one on your desk.
- Thin chassis makes it more portable than other 17-inch gaming laptops
- Great display and sound
- Sportscar finish is an expensive add-on
- Weak backlight
- Soft keyboard
Whisper it, but we think that 2014 is going to be a watershed year for PC gaming. Despite dwindling interest in the platform (compared to smartphones and tablets), heavy-duty machines for polygon cranking are gaining more prominence. After all, the Xbox One, PS4 and Steam Machines are all, broadly speaking, gaming PCs in boxes that will more comfortably sit beneath your DVR. But what does this mean for the traditional desktops and laptops we grew up with?
It's a question that high-end outfit Maingear is wrestling with as it releases the Pulse 17. The 17-inch gaming notebook was trumpeted as the "world's thinnest," and more than just a desktop replacement. No, this is designed to go places, and that's why as much time has been spent on the outside as the in. But will an expensive paint job really be what sells you on this gear? Join us as we give this machine a proper shakedown.
How It Stacks Up
Yoga 3 Pro
MacBook (early 2015)
XPS 13 (2015)
Series 7 Chronos (2013)
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