Maingear claims world’s thinnest 17” gaming laptop

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.

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    • shank15217
    • 6 years ago

    Correction, the MSI laptop is now being offered with a $60 instant discount making it an even better choice.

    • tbone8ty
    • 6 years ago

    reading reviews of the GS70, the main grips are with the trackpad and cooling…which leads to throttling.

    cooling is going to be tricky since this is the thinnest gaming laptop…however the Razor blade has a similar chassis and no such issues but the price tag is much higher.

    these are nothing a cooling pad and gaming mouse cant handle.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 6 years ago

    ‘Removable battery’

    WTF!

      • Pwnstar
      • 6 years ago

      Weird, huh? What is this strange, new concept?

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 6 years ago

    Run BF3 and other games on that laptop. If it throttles or gives the user 3rd degree burns (yes, my Asus N61Jq laptop will do that to my left fingers if left in stock conditions, while RUNNING TF2), then it’s a very overpriced gaming laptop.

    • JohnC
    • 6 years ago

    Of course it looks like MSI’s model – Maingear are just resellers of rebadged chassis.

      • Visigoth
      • 6 years ago

      Welcome to the world of computers, newbie.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    Well I’m just happy you posted about the MSI laptop. damn nice laptop.

    Edit, no touchscreen??? That’s pretty standard with win 8. Sorta sad its not in there.

      • slowriot
      • 6 years ago

      Why in the world would you want them to waste money on a touchscreen? Who is sticking their fingers constantly on these screens? The smudges should drive anyone crazy. Desktop mode + your Start Menu replacement of choice + mouse = a better experience than poking your laptop’s screen.

        • Andrew Lauritzen
        • 6 years ago

        Have you actually tried it/owned a touch screen laptop? I was initially skeptical as well, but for a lot of things the touch screen is better than a touch pad even on desktop stuff (touching ribbon buttons and such, drag and drop, etc. works just fine). Mice are obviously way better than both, but touch pads are not exactly god’s gift to mankind…

        That said, 17″ laptops have never made much sense to me. The vast majority of people who aren’t on the road every other week would be better served with a standard desktop + optional ultra-portable. Unless you’re extremely budget constrained, carrying around big laptops and a swath of peripherals (mice, etc) just doesn’t seem fun.

    • Chrispy_
    • 6 years ago

    /facepalm…

    I guarantee that the 765M and the 4700HQ cannot be quietly cooled with such a thin profile. Hell – that’s [b<]easily[/b<] over 100W when gaming on the CPU and GPU alone. That cooling is good for 75W quietly and [i<]maybe[/i<] 100W when it's screaming along full-whack. The one thing gamers want is a decent cooling solution to prevent throttling, screaming fans and hot laptops. I'm calling this bet early as "will throttle like hell" [i<]Thin is the new stupid...[/i<]

      • Duct Tape Dude
      • 6 years ago

      If you look at the design, it’s markedly similar to the Razer Blade Pro, which has equivalent specs and cooling. Even the 14″ Razer Blade has comparable specs. It’s doable, especially with an aluminum chassis.

      [url<]http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade-pro/[/url<] /hail corporate

        • Chrispy_
        • 6 years ago

        [b<]Edit2:[/b<] Actually, if this is a carbon-copy of the MSI GS70 Stealth, this exact configuration is extremely hot and noisy given the modest GPU involved Notebookcheck.de or .net had the GS70 thing generating 49 dB(A) at 90-100C. [b<]Old comment that is now irrelevant after reading the GS70 review:[/b<] [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/5606/razer-blade-review/8[/url<] It is noisy as hell: [quote<]any of the games from our test suite—and the acoustic noise can break the 44dB level. After several minutes looping Cinebench 11.5 with Furmark, the maximum noise output registered 46.5dB, which is quite possibly one of the highest results I've seen from a notebook in the past four years![/quote<] It gets ridiculously hot: [quote<]We didn't have a thermometer on hand capable of measuring surface temperatures, unfortunately, but I'd peg them at >50C if you've been running games for 30 minutes or more."[/quote<] and [quote<]Temperatures from the system are equally unimpressive. Starting with our HWmonitor results, the internal temperatures on both the CPU and GPU can get very high. Actually, the CPU is worse off than the GPU, as we hit 95C on the cores compared to "only" 79C on the GT 555M[/quote<] Please bear in mind that [i<]this review[/i<] uses a lower wattage i7-2640M (35W instead of 47W) and a 555m GPU with half the TDP too. Maingear has dumped 112W (42W more than Razer) of CPU+GPU into their ultra-thin chassis. I just can't see it working and for the final nail in the coffin, I'd like to point out that 95C is the [b<]throttle temperature[/b<] of Sandy used in that review.

      • hoboGeek
      • 6 years ago

      Well, but our testing shows that there is no heating even after playing 2 hours of Angry Birds followed by 3 hours of continuous and strenuous FB postings.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 6 years ago

        Well, yeah, but was that Angry Birds with ALL the eye candy turned on? Catapulting birds really stress the thermals…I’m afraid the GPU AND CPU would melt if you then tried an intense session of Bejeweled..

      • JohnC
      • 6 years ago

      It may not necessarily “throttle”, it might just have low stock clocks by default 😉 But I agree that “thin” and “gaming” do not mix well – the slim fans in this thing will have over 9000 RPM’s at full load due to tiny surface area of the heatsinks.

      Personally I would gladly settle for extra thickness of any Sager/Clevo chassis in case if I’ll ever need a decent “gaming” laptop.

        • Airmantharp
        • 6 years ago

        They’re loud too :/

        (at the desktop, even)

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      Well, thin is in at Starbucks, never mind the noisy fan as long as the patrons are pretending to act cool and chatty. 😛

      • HyperDuc
      • 6 years ago

      I have the model from NewEgg mentioned in the post and it never throttles. I played BF4 for 4 hours on medium settings and got 70 fps the whole time and didn’t have a single hiccup. I play LOL, which admittedly isn’t that intense, on ultra high settings for 6-10 hours at a time and never have an issue with heat. It’s pretty quiet too, no louder than the fans on my Xbox 360. The only real issue I have with it is the trackpad. I game and work with a mouse, but I take it to bed with me to watch Netflix and the trackpad is just short of useless. Sometimes it supports gestures and 2 finger scrolling, other times it doesn’t. I’ve updated the drivers, but it sucks no matter what. As thin and light as it is, it’s no ultra book as MSI would have you believe, but you’d be hard pressed to find a gaming laptop that’s as versatile, powerful and portable as this one. I’m loving mine.

    • superjawes
    • 6 years ago

    When they say “gaming laptop,” they obviously mean [url=https://techreport.com/gallery/25604/maingear-claims-world-thinnest-17-gaming-laptop/70285/2<]Battleship![/url<]

    • DPete27
    • 6 years ago

    Being the thinnest is all well and good unless it can’t handle the thermal load quietly / at all. Throttling is not acceptable.

    • chµck
    • 6 years ago

    Maingear sells MSI barebones laptops. Many bouquet laptop retailers do (origin pc, xotic pc, powernotebooks, etc)

    Edit: Expect 90C+ cpu temps with such a thin chassis.

    • tbone8ty
    • 6 years ago

    Is a 765m gonna be enough HP for the 1080p screen?

      • chµck
      • 6 years ago

      Depends on the game.
      I was able to play tomb raider at that resolution, getting ~40fps with med-high settings, on my similarly spec’d GE60.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 6 years ago

    128+500 seems a little light on storage for a $1500-2000 notebook explicitly marketed for gaming. And if the Newegg discussions are accurate for the Maingear as well, then you’re also looking at 5400RPM storage on top of that. Blech.

      • cheddarlump
      • 6 years ago

      Perhaps you missed it, but it’s DUAL 128GB SSD’s in RAID 0, and 1TB of mechanical storage.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        Oh I guess I’m a dolt. I got to looking at the Newegg listing for the MSI and got the two confused.

        • hiro_pro
        • 6 years ago

        the release says dual msata drives but with the speed they are stating i am wondering if they are actually the new pci-e sata drive like in the 2013 haswell based macbook air?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 6 years ago

          2x SATA 3.0 will do a peak theoretical max of 1200MB, 600 x2.

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