Maingear has notified us about the launch of two new gaming notebooks: the Alt-15 and Alt-17. Neither appear to be available on the company's website
right now, but they should be posted sometime today. Although the machines carry different screen sizes (15.6 and 17.3 inches), both have a 1080p resolution -- in fact, nearly all of their specs match up.
Both are outfitted with your pick of an Intel Core i5 or i7 mobile processor as well as a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 425M GPU with Optimus automatic graphics switching tech. You can also equip the systems with as much as 8GB of DDR3 1066MHz RAM, up to a 512GB SSD, 500GB hybrid, or 750GB hard drive (at max), and either a DVD or Blu-ray drive.
The expected assortment of connectivity is present, including HDMi and VGA outputs, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 and eSATA port, S/PDIF-out, and wired and wireless LAN. Other niceties include a USB TV-tuner with remote and an integrated 2.0-megapixel camera. Pricing starts at $1,049 for the Alt-15, while the Alt-17 is $50 more at $1,099.