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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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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.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Thin chassis makes it more portable than other 17-inch gaming laptops
  • Great display and sound
Cons
  • Sportscar finish is an expensive add-on
  • Weak backlight
  • Soft keyboard
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Model
Good

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
16 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (4700HQ)
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Battery

Battery type
Li-polymer
Battery access
Removable

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (4 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo (Integrated subwoofer)

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD, miniSD, MMC, RS-MMC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick)
Model
Better

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
32 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (4700HQ)
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
32 GB

Battery

Battery type
Li-polymer
Battery access
Removable

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (4 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo (Integrated subwoofer)

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD, miniSD, MMC, RS-MMC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick)
Model
Best

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
32 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (4700HQ)
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

RAID support
yes

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
32 GB

Battery

Battery type
Li-polymer
Battery access
Removable

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (4 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo (Integrated subwoofer)

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD, miniSD, MMC, RS-MMC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick)