Maingear Makes a Move on Thin and Light Gaming Laptops with Pulse 17

Paul Lilly

The Pulse 14's bigger brother

Thin. Light. Sexy. These are three adjectives boutique system builder Maingear is using to describe its latest laptop, the Pulse 17, though it's not an Ultrabook (Intel) or an ultra-thin (AMD). So what is? The Pulse 17 is a full-fledged gaming notebook that pairs Intel's 4th Generation Core processor family (Haswell) with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 765M GPU in a package that weighs less than 6 pounds.

Maingear claims the Pulse 17 is the world's thinnest gaming laptop. It measures just 0.85 inches thick, along with 16.47 inches (W) by 11.29 inches (D). That's big enough for a 17.3-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) LED-backlit display, plus a whole lot of gaming goodness.

There are "Good," "Better," and "Best" configurations to choose from. Pricing starts at $2,099 and includes an Intel Core i7 4700HQ processor, GeForce GTX 765M GPU, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, up to 1TB of hard drive storage and up to two 480GB solid state drives, Killer Gaming NIC (802.11ac optional), 7-in-1 media card reader, built-in 2.1 speakers, HDMI output, four USB 3.0 ports, two mini DisplayPorts, GbE LAN, and various flavors of Windows 8.

Maingear's Pulse 17 is available to configure and order now.

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