There's never a convenient time for your notebook to run out of juice when you're on the road, yet somehow the low battery indicator always manages to pop up at the worst possible moment. Like after boarding a cross-country flight, as opposed to five minutes ago when you sat in the terminal right next to a power outlet. Nvidia's Optimus technology won't prevent such a scenario from playing out altogether, but it does offer a bit of insurance against Murphy's Law, giving you more time in between charges by intelligently switching between integrated and discrete graphics depending on the load. And it's now available on Maingear's Clutch-15 notebook series.
Maingear describes the Clutch-15 as a "hybrid notebook" equipped with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 525M GPU with 1GB of GDDR3 memory. When you're not doing anything particularly graphic intensive, the Clutch-15 will use the Core i3/i5 processor's less demanding integrated graphics.
Other features include a 15.6-inch WXGA screen (1366x768); up to 8GB of DDR3 memory; up to a 750GB HDD, 500GB hybrid SSD, or 512GB SSD; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GbE connectivity; HDMI output, eSATA, and 34mm ExpressCARD ports; DVD burner or Blu-ray drive; full-size keyboard with number pad; and Windows 7.
Pricing starts at $1,029.
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