Windows 7 or Windows 8? Maingear Gives Gamers Buying Options

Retail laptops and desktops won’t be the only computers preening around with a fresh new coat of Modern-style paint today. The boutique system builders over at Maingear just dropped us a line to let us know that it, too, will be offering Windows 8 in its lineup of high-end gaming offerings going forward.

One of the big reasons to go to a boutique system builder is their superior hardware and software flexibility compared to the big guys, and Maingear’s keeping that in mind with the jump to the new operating system. The company plans to continue offering Windows 7 as an alternative “for a limited time,” which we take to mean “until Microsoft stops selling it to us.”

Maingear’s complete line of gaming notebooks now offer Windows 8 as an option, from the diminutive Pulse 11 all the way up to the behemoth Nomad 17. Speedy boot times and a bevy of under-the-hood improvements may entice gaming enthusiasts, but the mouse-unfriendly Modern interface could just as likely drive them back into Windows 7’s aging arms. No matter which operating system you choose, Maingear tosses in lifetime labor and phone support for its products.

MSI recently announced plans to start shipping its GT60 and GT70 gaming laptops with Windows 8 as well, but didn’t mention any ongoing support for Windows 7. Most manufacturers seem prepared to jump to Windows 8 whole-hog. Boutique builders like Maingear may be the best bet for gamers still hoping to buy a Windows 7 notebook after existing inventories wear thin, though Dell has also said it plans to continue offering Windows 7 as an option on Alienware gaming PCs for as long as possible.


LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE