MAINGEAR launches the Pulse 17 gaming notebook

The lightweight Pulse 17 features the Intel Core i7 4700HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics while claiming to be the thinnest 17-inch gaming notebook in the world.

MAINGEAR launched the new Pulse 17 gaming laptop yesterday. At less than 0.9 inches thick, this portable gaming machine offers excellent performance in a thin and light package. According to the official product page, the MAINGEAR Pulse 17 is "the thinnest and lightest gaming notebook" ever built by the American computer manufacturer headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

With a weight of less than 6 pounds, the Pulse 17 has the following base configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4700HQ
  • Memory/Storage: 16 GB DDR3; dual 128 GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 and 1 TB HDD
  • Display: 17.3-inch Full HD LED backlit
  • Graphics adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M with 2 GB GDDR5 and NVIDIA Optimus technology
  • Connectivity: Killer Gaming NIC, 802.11n WiFi and optional 802.11ac, 7-in-1 media card reader, 1 HDMI out, 4XUSB 3.0, 2 mini display ports, 1 RJ-45 LAN
  • Audio: Creative Sound Blaster Cinema with 2 speakers and subwoofer
  • Operating System: Windows 8 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-bit (Windows 7 also available)
  • Dimensions: 16.47X0.85X11.29 inches

The price starts at $2,099 and can go much higher depending on the configuration chosen. Unfortunately, there are no options to replace the processor, memory or the graphics adapter, but buyers can choose one of the following:

  • 8 exterior paints available for $199 (Alpine White, Burnt Orange Metallic, Rosso Scuderia, Synergy Green and four others)
  • Secondary display (up to a huge 46-inch Samsung 460EX 1920x1080 LCD Monitor for $2,599)
  • Cyborg V.5 gaming keyboard ($59.99 or $99.99 when painted to match the custom exteriors mentioned above)
  • Other peripherals such as headphones, speakers or gaming mice

The MAINGEAR Pulse 17 can be purchased and customized online on or by calling 1-888-MAINGEAR. Shipments will begin on Monday.

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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11- 5 (Update: 2013-11- 5)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.