Maingear Pulse 14 2014
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Maingear Pulse 14 2014
For a considerable chunk of most folks' salary, they expect a premium device and experience. And while Maingear offers excellent paint jobs and incredibly dedicated customer service, the Pulse 14 simply doesn't stack up against competitors in its price range. Pick up this laptop and it will play almost any game you throw at it with gusto. That much is for certain. But the Pulse 14 doesn't exist in a vacuum, and for the same cash or a little bit more, you'll find superior offerings with ease.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 70% features: 60% workmanship: 50%
Maingear fixed the single thing I most disliked about the previous Pulse 14 model we reviewed, giving it a full HD display. While it's still not going to wow anyone with its design, construction, or extra features, this is a very capable gaming laptop on the smaller side of the spectrum.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 80% mobility: 70%
The Maingear Pulse 14, 2014 edition is a highly customizable laptop, which can hold its own in power and style. There is a plethora of colors with Glasurit finish for that shiny elegant look found on luxury cars. The display is a 14" Full HD 1980x1080 IPS-class AHVA LED panel. Users have the option of choosing either an Intel Core i7 4702QM 2.2GHz/3.2GHz Turbo 6 MB L3 Cache HD 4600 or Intel Core i5 4300M 2.6 GHz/3.3 GHz Turbo 3MB L3 Cache HD 4600 processor depending on their needs and budget.
There are also various types of RAM to choose, whereas 16 GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-1866 are the maximum offered. The graphics processor is a GeForce GTX 850M 2GB GDDR5, which breezes through 3D applications and games. There is a power saving feature that allows the Maingear Pulse 14 to switch to the processor's GPU when in non-3D applications.
Storage is another area users can choose suitable options such as 500GB Seagate SSHD Hybrid Storage, 1 TB SATA HDD + 32 GB Caching SSD or 240 GB SuperRAID (2x Crucial M500 128 GB mSATA in RAID. Audio is also top notch with THX TruStudio Pro technology and immersive 2.1 speakers.
There are even options for the external optical drive such as a 6x Blu-ray Burner/8x Super Multi Combo or 8x DVD Dual Layer Burner. The Maingear Pulse 14, 2014 is definitely a desktop replacement option which can satisfy hardcore users.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M: Upper mid-range graphics card from the GeForce GTX 800M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
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.
69.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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