Maingear Pulse 14


Maingear Pulse 14Notebook: Maingear Pulse 14 (Pulse Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4702MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.9kg
Price: 1800 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Average Score: 74% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 90%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 90%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Maingear Pulse 14

78% A portable gaming PC that deserves a better screen
Source: CNet English
In a field suddenly crowded with smaller gaming laptops, you now have several worthwhile under-15-inch options to choose from. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Alienware 14 has a great custom keyboard and touch pad, and the Origin EON13-S is the most compact.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 90% mobility: 90%
70% Maingear Pulse 14
Source: Laptop Mag English
The $1,903 Maingear Pulse 14 (M5-1492) offers a beguiling combination of horsepower and endurance in a design you can take anywhere. We love the Pulse 14's paint job and slim chassis almost as much as the Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX graphics. Plus, this rig outperforms most of its competitors in gaming tests.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%



New hardware makes thinner machines with enough performance to run some of the most demanding games out there. While gamers had to tote 17 inch desktop replacements to LAN parties once, slim 14 inch powerhouses are taking over nowadays. The Maingear Pulse is one of them and it comes in the kind of colors one dreams of for fast cars. However, a few parts of the body is plastic, which gives it a cheap feel. It weighs in at a decent 1.9 kg, and is slim enough at 0.9 inches but there are a few other similar machines that can beat this. The competition also hosts similar specs, the most disappointing of which is the 1600 x 900 resolution. However, the images are nice enough and the Maingear Pulse 14 has one of the brightest screens in its class.

The layout of the keyboard leaves something to be desired as it is easy to hit the wrong keys, but the touchpad is nice and responsive. With the 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 4702MQ processor and 16GB of RAM, paired with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M GPU with 2GB of VRAM; this is the 14 inch gaming laptop to choose for the maximum amount of power. Battery life is average amongst the competition, clocking in at 8 hours for light use. Of all the 14 inch gaming rigs out there at the moment, this one is the most powerful.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI: Two GeForce GTX 765M graphics cards in SLI combination.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

4702MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.2 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

14.0": 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.9 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Maingear: US-American computer manufacturer, founded in 2002 with low international relevance.

74%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-08-27 (Update: 2013-08-27)