MAINGEAR, which touts itself as “award-winning builders of custom computers for PC gamers and enthusiasts”, has a new multimedia laptop to drool over, the mX-L 15 .
The mX-L 15 is powered by Intel’s Core i5 or i7 mobile processors, has an integrated memory controller, and support for up to 8GB of dual channel DDR3 memory. The graphics engine is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570, with 512MB of memory, which drives a back-lit LED screen at resolutions of 1355 x 768 or 1600 x 900. Options exists for 7200RPM 2.5-inch SATA hard drives, from 160GB up to 320GB, or solid state drives, from Kingston or Intel, ranging from 64GB up to 512GB. The mX-L comes stock with Windows 7 Home Premium, 32-bit or 64-bit--your choice.
Ports galore, but then what laptop doesn’t come with ports galore? There’s 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an integrated fingerprint reader, a 2 megapixel camera, an e-SATA port, three USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, a VGA port, and HDMI-out port, a 7-in-1 card reader, an Express Card 54 slot, and an RJ-11 phone jack. (A modem port, how quaint!) There’s also a full numeric keypad, just in case you plan any serious work for the mX-L 15. But, with only 2.5 hours of life on the primary battery, you better work fast.
Price for the base system is a reasonable $999 . But, if you want to bump things up a bit, be prepared to shell out more--in some cases a whole lot more. For example, the 1600 x 900 screen will set you back another $65. The stock processor is a Core i5-520M, 2.4GHz. Moving up to the slowest Core i7 will add another $144. Hard drive upgrades are pretty cheap--you can move from 160GB to 320GB for $35. SSDs, as expected, will cause some pain--anywhere from $183.75 more for a 64GB SSD, up to $1,789 for the 512GB SSD. Still, it’s nice to have the option.
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