Maingear outs new gaming notebooks, Alt-15 and Alt-17

By on November 18, 2010, 7:01 PM
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.

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princeton princeton said:

Not bad but these mobile GPUs aren't even close to matching desktop ones. The only reason the price is so steep is because you can't build a lappy yourself.

Nima304 said:

W.O.W. This is awesome. And yet another OEM adds SSDs to their listings. Did you read the outputs!? This thing is awesome!

posermobile89 said:

1080p on a 15.6 inch screen, damn. my 18.4 inch isnt even 1080 >=[

Guest said:

The Sager NP8690/Clevo W860CU puts these machines to shame (
m-gaming-laptop-p-2659.html?wconfigure=yes). Those are terrible GPUs for the price, but the Optimus is nice. If these are indeed gaming laptops, it's time to up those GPUs...

fpsgamerJR62 said:

If I remember correctly, Nvidia's 480M is more or less equivalent to a lower clocked GTX 465 desktop part. Does that make the 425M something close to a GT 430 or lower ?

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The site lists these as Multimedia systems rather than gaming systems. While these systems may not be as powerful as other laptops designed for gaming, these two systems surely hold their own in terms of connections and screen resolution, and in my opinion well spec'd for multimedia.

Seriously, Why don't OEMs and even mainstream manufacturers put 1080p screens in more of their 15" models? My 6 year old Thinkpad has a 15" 1600x1200 screen, and I love the screen real estate so much. It saddens me when "Your screen is 15-20% bigger? Well mine has 30-40% more pixels" is more accurate than not, as I've been looking for a new laptop but my specifications are quite limiting, probably better off getting another thinkpad lol...

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

whoops, accidentally refreshed the posting page.

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