Most notebooks that are capable of pulling off a true frag fest on the run are portable in name only, being heavy-duty 15- to 17-inch monsters with battery lives briefer than butterfly's lives. To make mobile matters worse, Alienware recently announced that its M11x is being put out to pasture. Fear not, traveling gamers: all is not lost. Maingear is, well, gearing up a new 11-inch gaming notebook of its own, the Pulse.
Don't worry; even though it sports the same name as an older (and ill-fated) tower/box PC produced by Maingear, this Pulse is a totally different beast. Engadget reports it'll pack in an Ivy Bridge CPU, an Nvidia GT650M with 2GB of RAM, an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, THX TruStudio Pro audio and up to 16GB of dual-channel RAM. The base model rocks 8GB of RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive and a Core i5 for $1,099. Of course, this is Maingear we're talking about, so expect a flood of customization options to be available.
Look for these portable powerhouses to start shipping on June 3rd.