Maingear Pulse 14
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Maingear Pulse 14
Source: PC Mag
Armed with a powerful quad-core processor and the latest mobile graphics powerhouse from Nvidia, the Maingear Pulse 14 offers an excellent mix of features and gaming performance. While the lack of keyboard backlight or high-end sound might leave us a little disappointed, there's no arguing with performance. The Maingear Pulse 14 offers some of the best graphics performance we've seen in this category, putting it high on our list of current ultraportable gaming laptops, and making it the system to get if graphics performance is your paramount concern.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
For its size—heck, for any size—the Maingear Pulse 14 is a powerful gaming rig. The machine flew through our gaming benchmarks, and thanks to its sizzling Core i7 and dual solid-state drives it handled everyday computing with equal ease. Moreover, the laptop boasts a gorgeous 1080p screen, an excellent keyboard, and almost five hours of battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
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%
Source: Laptop Mag
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:
High-End Graphics cards as part of the Geforce 700M series based on the Kepler architecture.With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » 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.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Maingear: US-American computer manufacturer, founded in 2002 with low international relevance.
74.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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