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Maingear Intros New Mid-range Gaming Laptops

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Just in time for the holiday rush of spend-thrifty people with gamers to buy for, Maingear has launched two new mid-range gaming laptops in 15- and 17-inch flavors.

Specifications for the two notebooks are largely the same (apart from the differing displays, obvious), with both the Alt-15 (15.6-inch display) and Alt-17 (17.3-inch display) packing an Nvidia GeForce GT 425M GPU with 1GB GDDR3 memory; a choice of either Intel's Core i5 or i7 CPU; a 1920x1080 16:9 HD display resolution; up to 8GB of DDR3 1066MHZ RAM; up to 512GB of SSD storage or up to 500GB of hybrid storage; USB x 4 (1 x USB 3.0 and 3 x USB 2.0); Bluray; integrated b/g/n wireless; HDMI; 3-in-1 card reader; and an integrated webcam. Additional features include Kensington locks along with biometric security via a fingerprint reader, as well as touch sensitive hotkeys for executing customizable macros and applications. The Alt-17 also features a full-sized keyboard complete with numpad.

Base prices for two Alt-15 and Alt-17 start at $1,049 and $1,099 respectively. Hit up Maingear to start customizing and jack those prices up to a $3,247 (for the 8GB, Core i7 Alt-15 with 512GB SSD) and $3,297 (for the Alt-17 packing 8GB of RAM, Core i7 and 512GB SSD).

Source: MainGear via HotHardware

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    jskilnyk , November 23, 2010 3:35 AM
    Thats great! More competition for the other manufacturer. However, there is nothing mid-ranger about their prices though.
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    theshonen8899 , November 23, 2010 4:54 AM
    Not sure what the rage is with gaming laptops. Seems like too much of an investment for something so fragile and hard to repair :\
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    killbits , November 23, 2010 4:54 AM
    uhh, geforce 425m is a piece of SH*T card- these can barely be called gaming laptops with that graphics card in them.

    i went to xoticpc.com and put together the exact same hardware configuration (4gb ddr3, 500gb 7200rpm hdd, i7 640m, blu-ray) except with a geforce 460m and it turned out $120 cheaper for a 15" with 1920x1080 display. also maingear doesn't seem to have the option to ship the laptop without an operating system.

    I'm in the market for a new laptop, about $1500, and im not even remotely interested in these maingear machines.
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    painis , November 23, 2010 7:13 AM
    There is no such thing as gaming laptop.
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    sinner01 , November 23, 2010 7:59 AM
    These are mid-range gaming laptops. an nvidia 425m can easily run games. thats all you need, because laptops don't EXCEL at running games. simple as that. All you need is something capable of doing it. This card is very capable. What isn't capable is a fully integrated graphics card.

    Not sure where Killbits gets off saying they aren't 'gaming' laptops when they have a card that is perfectly capable of running 'games'.

    Wait...

    Great laptops that don't look too flashy, I really hate alienwares.
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    liveonc , November 23, 2010 9:57 AM
    I've seen cheaper Core i5 with HD5650. Just replace the 5400rpm hdd with an SSD & you've got a cheap mid-range gaming laptop. You can even upgrade the RAM too & still be cheaper then this.
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    Lutfij , November 23, 2010 10:15 AM
    more compettion = lower prices = more confusion for customers = crap bubled into hardware
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    reaper2794 , November 23, 2010 10:25 AM
    A "gaming laptop" is a laptop that has a higher end video card meant to be able to run games, so stop whining, you guys all know what it means, it doesn't mean the laptop does it well.
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    theholylancer , November 23, 2010 11:42 AM
    Reaper2794A "gaming laptop" is a laptop that has a higher end video card meant to be able to run games, so stop whining, you guys all know what it means, it doesn't mean the laptop does it well.



    a anything from the lower end should not be called that gaming, at least a 460 M or a mobility 5770 for 1080p, GT 435s/5570s are going to be gaming if you are dealing with 1366*768 screens, if this was a 11 inch laptop competing with the m11x, then the 425 would have been meh okay, but it isnt and STILL cost a ton


    If you want to say that the LED screen is really good for multi media (or what nots) then do that and maybe you are paying the premium of a good screen (like in apple's MBP) but claiming its a gaming laptop with this kind of gfx power, nty.

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    cookoy , November 23, 2010 12:22 PM
    those are huge numbers and fast. high prices make your money disappear pretty fast.
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    warezme , November 23, 2010 12:30 PM
    killbitsuhh, geforce 425m is a piece of SH*T card- these can barely be called gaming laptops with that graphics card in them.
    It's all Bullsh*t, how they just keep changing the number on the cards and the performance does not change or gets worse. They assume people are just to stupid to realize they've been had, and maybe they are right.
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    bildo123 , November 23, 2010 1:24 PM
    painisThere is no such thing as gaming laptop.


    Oh there certainly are, just $1000+ more than your comparable desktop.
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    reaper2794 , November 23, 2010 2:03 PM
    cookoythose are huge numbers and fast. high prices make your money disappear pretty fast.


    What I meant by higher end is compared to CHIPSETS and integrated video cards in motherboards. Those do NOT run games other than light ones, while any GeForce or Radeon ones do run FPS and stuff, not very well, but they run it regardless.

    I'm NOT TALKING ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE, I'm simply saying the reason why it is CALLED a freakin GAMING laptop is simply because it has the parts to run the game, DOESNT MEAN its gonna run it well. How hard is that to understand?
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    bounty , November 23, 2010 3:21 PM
    Realistically it's similar to an ATI 5650. That makes it ok for older games. It's a low end gaming laptop.

    A midrange gaming laptop will have an ATI 5850 or higher, probably an ATI 5870 or a Nvidia GTX 460M. A high end gaming laptop will have 2 cards in crossfire or SLI.
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    ProDigit10 , November 23, 2010 5:21 PM
    they seem to have a 13" laptop too!
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    reaper2794 , November 23, 2010 6:03 PM
    D'oh I quoted the wrong person >.
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    mac_angel , November 23, 2010 7:43 PM
    unimpressed. PCTorque is still way better
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    reaper2794 , November 23, 2010 7:53 PM
    Dell 15 (1558) is a very nice laptop for the price and performance, but it's not a gaming laptop.
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    dEAne , November 24, 2010 12:39 AM
    I like the Alt-17 packing 8GB of RAM, Core i7 and 512GB SSD - but I like to know at least a little comparison to other gaming laptops as well.