What with the explosion of high-on-performance-but-small-on-size laptops in recent weeks – MacBook Air, Sony Vaio Y Series and Lenovo IdeaPad U260 – it is no surprise that gaming-centric manufacturer Maingear would try and get in on the act.
A month ago Maingear launched its Clutch-13 and Clutch-15 series with, not surprisingly, a 13.3in and 15.5in screen respectively. Now it seems to be looking to get into the mid-range market with the Alt series, which has an attractive base price of $1,049. One of the best features of these two new laptops is the extended battery life as a result of using NVIDIA’s Optimus technology. This will appeal to those using power-draining applications on the laptop – such as playing games.
While not the best looking laptops around, both pack some serious specs. Both have a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M GPU with 1GB GDDR3 memory, a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 mobile processor, 1920x1080 16:9 HD resolutions, up to 8GB of DDR3 1066Mhz memory and up to 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or up to 500GB Hybrid SSDs hard drives. Both devices also have built-in biometric security with fingerprint readers - which will give gamers that bit of extra reality when playing games on the laptop. There is a USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports and a HDMI/VGA port available on both the Alt-15 and Alt-17.
"We are proud to offer two new notebooks with NVIDIA's Optimus technology that extends battery life which, for people on-the-go, is a must," said Wallace Santos, CEO and founder of Maingear. Both Alts are very customizable with options of a Blu-ray player, optional SSD or HDD, cameras and even various images available to be laser-etched onto your laptop.
For more information visit Maingear’s website.