There’s a new 17" gaming laptop out there—and this one isn’t a gigantic, workstation-sized thing with a two-inch thick chassis. In fact, according to the press release that went up on Engadget this morning, Maingear claims its new 17" gaming notebook is the world’s thinnest.
The Pulse 17 is certainly thin, at 0.85", and it’s rather light, too, at "less than 6 lbs." Its 17.3" screen has a 1080p resolution, which isn’t anything to write home about—but that may not be such a bad thing, since fewer pixels make it easier to drive games at the native res with the eye candy turned up.
In this case, GPU horsepower is provided by a GeForce GTX 765M 2GB, whose specs seem to be roughly comparable to those of the desktop GeForce GTX 650 Ti. (Clock speeds are lower, though.) The GTX 765M is accompanied by a Core i7-4700HQ processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 system memory, dual 128GB mSATA solid-state drives (arranged in a RAID-0 setup with a peak read speed rating of 1000MB/s), a 1TB WD Scorpio mechanical hard drive, Atheros Killer 802.11n networking, a six-cell removable lithium-ion battery, and Windows 8.1 x64. There’s an external DVD burner in the box, too.
All that gear will set you back $2,099, which is the starting price for the Pulse 17. Other standard features include a built-in subwoofer, a backlit keyboard with a "full range of color options," and dual Mini DisplayPort outputs.
Now, the Pulse 17 may not be the only system of its kind. As someone in the Engadget comments pointed out, this thing looks an awful lot like MSI’s GS70 Stealth—similar chassis, same CPU and GPU under the hood, same 0.85" thickness and sub-6-lb weight, and so on. Even the multi-colored keyboard looks identical. The difference? The GS70 Stealth is available for $1,549 at Newegg with 12GB of RAM, a single 128GB SSD, and 500GB of mechanical storage. I’m not a gaming notebook kind of guy, but that looks like it might be a better deal to me.