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Maingear's 11.6-inch Pulse 11 gaming laptop starts shipping

Darren Murph

Alienware's M11x may be history, but as these things tend to go, there's always someone willing to carry the torch. Maingear's recently-introduced 11.6-inch Pulse 11 just so happens to be that rig in this here story, and those that've been waiting won't have to twiddle their thumbs any longer. The company is shipping the bantam gaming rig in the US starting this week, offering a Core i7 CPU (or a Core i5, if you'd rather), NVIDIA's Optimus graphics switching (tied to a GeForce GT 650 'Kepler' GPU), 11.6-inch LED-backlit panel (1366 x 768), up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 9-in-1 card reader, six-cell Li-ion battery and plenty of ports. It's starting at just $999, but speccing it out all proper like will send the asking price well north of that. (But trust us, it's worth it.)

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MAINGEAR begins shipping the 11.6-inch Pulse 11 powerhouse delivering the best in 3D graphics and small form factor mobile computing.

Kenilworth, New Jersey – June 3rd, 2011 - MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations, is now adding the Pulse 11 high performance ultraportable laptop solution to their product lineand is unmatched in its class for PC gamers who want to harness desktop-like power wherever they go.

The MAINGEAR Pulse 11 combines the best in small form-factor laptop design featuring the latest mobile technology such as Intel's 3rd Generation Core processor with up to 8-thread processing with the Intel® Core™ I7 mobile processor and offering 75% better performance with Intel's 3rd Generation Core i5 mobile processor compared with Intel's previous Core™ 2 Duo E8400/ P8600 processors*. It's a perfect engine for power users who demand unparalleled performance on the go in HD, multitasking, or multimedia.

The MAINGEAR Pulse 11 custom laptop also utilizes NVIDIA's unique Optimus technology featuring the powerful 384 CUDA core GeForce GT 650 "Kepler' GPU that can automatically turn on or off the discrete DX11. Optimus technology also provides a rich 3D experience when you need it, yet delivers the power-sipping savings of integrated video when you don't.

The MAINGEAR Pulse 11 was made for gamers looking for a powerful ultraportable that delivers the best of mobile entertainment in its size, and can go from the bedroom to car to a 60" HDTV in a living room via the HDMI output offers. Pulse 11 custom laptops offer clean and simple design along with great added features such as built-in THX TruStudio Pro Sound-certified speakers that deliver a richer mobile sound stage. The MAINGEAR Pulse 11 was designed to meet the needs of gamers, students, on-the-go digital warriors, and anyone looking for power in the smallest package possible.

Technical Specification:

  • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with 2GB GDDR3/Intel® GMA HD GPU
  • Display: 11.6" (16:9) HD (1366x768) LED-Backlit Display
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core i7 and i5 processors, up to Intel® Core i7 3612QM (35W)
  • Memory: Up to 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 - 1600Mhz
  • Hard Drive: Up to 1x 600GB SSD or 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive
  • Network Adapter: Internal 802.11 B+G+N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module
  • Audio: Built-in two speakers with THX TruStudio Pro Sound
  • Media Card Reader: Built in 9-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC)
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-Bit
  • Battery: Removable Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack (6 cell)
  • I/O Ports: 1-HDMI 1.4a out, 2-USB 3.0, 1-USB 2.0,1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack, 1 RJ-45 LAN
  • Security: Kensington Lock
  • Dimensions: (W)11.30" x (H)1.46" x (D)8.15", 3.97 LBs with battery pack
  • Price: Starting at $999

"The MAINGEAR Pulse 11 offers it all; the best of a desktop in a ultraportable form factor." Said Wallace Santos, CEO and Co-founder of MAINGEAR Computers. "With the power of the latest 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 and i5 Mobile processors, dedicated discrete GPU and high performance wireless, this system is packed with amazing gaming and 3D performance; giving our customers the best mobile experience they have come to expect from MAINGEAR."

"With the Intel® Core™ i7 mobile processor in MAINGEAR's Pulse 11 offers unrivaled PC performance that gives gamers what they are looking for; power and lightweight mobility with desktop like performance." Said Joakim Algstam Gaming Segment Ecosystem Marketing Manager for Intel Corporation. "MAINGEAR has always been in the forefront of adopting new technologies and providing innovative options to meet the demands of PC enthusiasts, the MAINGEAR Pulse 11 is the perfect example of this."

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 Pulse 11 custom laptop, click here.

MAINGEAR is an innovative high performance PC system builder that offers custom laptops, desktops, workstations and media centers. Each system is hand crafted for precision performance and uncompromised quality, and has won multiple Editors' Choice awards from publications such as Hot Hardware, PC World, Maximum PC, Computer Shopper and more. With a passion to build the best high performance computers, MAINGEAR will continue to set the standard among system builders. MAINGEAR's expert team custom builds and supports all products in the United States. For more information visit:

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