Today, MAINGEAR announced two new notebooks designed specifically for gamers and content creators. The new Pulse 15 and Pulse 17 gaming notebooks use the NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUS, and allow owners to play the latest games and easily run content creation software, including graphics and video creation programs.
The Pulse series comes with either 15″ or 17″ 1080p displays — hence the names — and are ultra-thin. The Pulse 15 is .86″ thick when closed and weighs 4.4 lbs, while the Pulse 17 is .98″ thick and weighs 5.2 lbs. Both features a back-lit mechanical keyboard with controllable lighting and replaceable keycaps. This makes them the thinnest laptop available with mechanical keys.
As for graphics, the Pulse 17 does offer a slightly better graphics card than the Pulse 15. The former runs an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q while the latter has a 2060.
Both computers can be purchased with up to 2TB of storage space (according to the press release, the site says 4TB) in the form of 970 Pro NVMe M.2 SSDs from Samsung. Both will also allow for up to 32GB of DDR4 memory.
As with any laptop that’s sold as a gaming rig with promises to perform as well as a desktop PC, players may be concerned about the possible heat issues — especially with these being so thin. According to MAINGEAR, the Pulse line is designed to stay cool using a dual fan copper pipe cooling system. This system is “thermally balanced to deliver maximum performance with minimum noise.”
For those concerned about how their laptop looks on the outside, the standard look of the Pulse series is fairly clean — with either a black or silver, brushed stainless-steel look. But those wanting something more flashy can order theirs in a variety of MARC III texture finishes. (This is an automotive paint finish, so it won’t just peel off.) Purchasers can even upload their own art to be used as the finish.
Of course, all these options will make the price of the Pulse laptops vary, but the base price starts at $1,499 for the Pulse 15 and $1,899 for the Pulse 17. That said, buyers can easily run that price up to over $4,000.