Maingear Updates eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook With Core i7 And HD 5870 GPU - HotHardware
Maingear Updates eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook With Core i7 And HD 5870 GPU

Maingear Updates eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook With Core i7 And HD 5870 GPU

If you're in the market for a new loaded gaming notebook, but you don't want a huge 17" screen to lug around, Maingear might have something that's right down your alley. The revamped eX-L 15 is built to handle the latest gaming titles at the highest resolutions, but don't expect it to last too long when away from the wall outlet.

The machine features a 15" HD display (native 1080p screen), DirectX 11 support courtesy of an ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPU and options for Core i5 and Core i7 processors. There's also DVI, HDMI, and S/PDIF audio out, along with eSATA, FireWire four USB ports and a webcam. To combat an overheating lap, MAINGEAR implemented a dual heatpipe cooling design for both the CPU and GPU with Artic Cooling thermal paste. Users will also find a dedicated number pad, Windows 7 Premium, DVD and Blu-ray options as well as a cheaper 1600x900 panel if the 1080p one is too rich for you.

It's available to customize starting today at $1599.


MAINGEAR Unleashes Revamped eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook

15” notebook gives gamers the world’s fastest mobile graphics performance to date

Kenilworth, New Jersey – April 20, 2010 - MAINGEAR Computers, award-winning builders of custom computers for PC gamers and enthusiasts, unveils the eX-L 15, the fastest 15? HD gaming notebook on the market.  Featuring DirectX 11 graphics courtesy of the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics adapter, and resolutions up to 1920×1080 and an LED back-lit screen, the eX-L delivers killer graphics and performance.

Processing Power – eX-L15 can be configured with 45nm quad-core processors for blazing fast performance or the all new 2010 Intel Core i5 and i7 32nm processors for enhanced battery life.

Visual Feast – eX-L 15 packs the world’s fastest mobile GPU in the ATI Radeon 5870 with a crystal clear 1080p LED backlit screen providing the most brilliant resolution for today’s hottest games.  And enjoy a complimentary 30-day, ZERO dead pixel warranty free of charge.

Connectivity, Security, and Expandability– Featuring DVI, HDMI, and S/PDIF audio out, the eX-L 15 gives users enhanced connectivity capabilities to bring movies, games, and music onto a larger monitor and sound system.  Additional connection features include eSata, Firewire, 4 USB ports, and a webcam.

Cooling Capabilities – To combat an overheating lap, MAINGEAR implemented a dual heatpipe cooling design for both the CPU and GPU with Artic Cooling thermal paste.

Additional Advanced Features – eX-L 15 offers gamers a dedicated number pad easing the transition between gaming on a desktop and notebook.

“The eX-L was designed for maximum performance in a portable package,” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR.  “With the DirectX 11 performance of the Radeon HD 5870, we’re not only able to provide that performance, but do it with exceptional visual quality for today’s and tomorrow’s hottest titles.”

Consumers can purchase the eX-L 15 at MAINGEAR’s Web site http://www.maingear.com/custom/laptops/exl-15/ or order by phone at (888-MAINGEAR).  The base price for the eX-L 15 is $1,599 and comes with MAINGEAR’s premium Lifetime Labor and Phone Support with a 1 year hardware warranty and is backed by the best in-house support team in the country.
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So how long is the battery life? If its like an hour i would find this not so portable now :D

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I wish more companies would use ATI mobile graphics as opposed to Nvidia. After the issues with Nvidia mobile graphics I am surprised we do not see more mobile ATI cards in use today. Definitely something to think about. I know they say mobile ATI drivers are bad but I would still would like to see them in more laptops.

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My big problem is that it seems mobile GPUs are evolving at a faster rate than even desktop units - and considering the performance difference and lack of upgrade options down the road, it doesn't seem worth it to invest in a portable gaming rig.

Granted, at least this is far less expensive than the $3000+ I spent on the Dell XPS Gen. 2 laptop several years ago when it was announced - only to see the Geforce 7800GTX model appear later in the same year.

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I like Maingears stuff, But why do they have to be so Dang expensive!

If you go for a 15" then why not just go all the way and get a 17". If you want portability then get the M11.

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