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
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.
Not sure where Killbits gets off saying they aren't 'gaming' laptops when they have a card that is perfectly capable of running 'games'.
Great laptops that don't look too flashy, I really hate alienwares.
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.