Slim Chassis, 3K Display: Meet the Maingear Pulse 15

Maingear Pulse 15

Okay, so we’ve established that thin is in for gaming laptops. We’ve also figured out that Retina-like displays are pretty snazzy. In what might be the best combination since peanut butter and chocolate, Maingear has combined these two features into one with the newly launched Pulse 15 gaming notebook.

Starting at $2,199, the Pulse will feature a 2880 x 1620 IPS display with a 3.75 pound, 15.25 x 10.5 x 0.75-inch frame, putting it in contention for the lightest gaming notebook in the world. The company is looking to extend its reach beyond gamers, however, and is hoping to attract the creative professional crowd. 

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Similar to the Pulse 17, the Pulse 15’s all-metal chassis will be available in a myriad of colors, using a paint finish typically reserved for cars. The company will also offer matte finishes for those who aren’t into the high gloss look. There are also options for laser engraving for consumers looking for a unique, custom look. When the laptop ships, it will be the lightest notebook in Maingear’s sizable arsenal.

In addition to the ultra high res 15.6-inch display, the Pulse 15 will feature a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor with 16GB of RAM, up to a 1TB hard drive with 256GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 configuration and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU. Ports include 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 mini DisplayPort, a 7-in-1 card reader, HDMI and Ethernet.

If the Pulse 15 is anything like its 17.3-inch counterpart, we’re looking forward to reviewing the newest entry into the slim gaming notebook arena.

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