Gaming notebooks usually don't mind being a bit bulkier than regular laptops, but Maingear figured it was time for one of those rare, ultraportable gaming mobile PCs to appear.
The product just launched by the company is called Pulse 11 and gets its name from its 11.6-inch LCD (liquid crystal display).
Speaking of which, the panel has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and the 16:9 aspect ratio (cinematic), plus LED backlighting.
Deep within the notebook, an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Ivy Bridge central processing unit is located, along with up to 16 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM.
A 2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete GPU is available as well, for when the CPU integrated chip doesn't cut it.
As for storage, a 600 GB SSD or 750 GB HHD (7,200 RPM SATA hybrid hard drive) can be selected.
"The MAINGEAR Pulse 11 offers it all; the best of a desktop in a ultraportable form factor," said Wallace Santos, CEO and co-founder of MAINGEAR Computers.
"With the power of the latest 3rd generation Intel Core i7 and i5 Mobile processors, dedicated discrete GPU and high performance wireless, this system is packed with amazing gaming and 3D performance; giving our customers the best mobile experience they have come to expect from MAINGEAR."
Maingear gave its new product a multi-card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4a, audio jacks (microphone and headphones), two built-in speakers and a 802.11 B+G+N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module.
All this, along with a Kensington Lock, fits inside a package weighing 1.8 kilos (3.97 lbs) and measuring 11.30 x 1.46 x 8.15 inches (287 x 37 x 207 mm). The starting price is $999
/ 805 Euro.
"With the Intel Core i7 mobile processor in MAINGEAR's Pulse 11 offers unrivaled PC performance that gives gamers what they are looking for; power and lightweight mobility with desktop like performance," said Joakim Algstam, gaming segment ecosystem marketing manager for Intel Corporation.