mobile Ivy Bridge chipset has arrived, and it should come as no surprise that boutique system builder Maingear
is ready to make a run at the new platform. Three of Maingear's popular notebook lines have been upgraded to support Intel's 3rd generation Core processors, including the 15.6-inch ALT and 15.6-inch and 17-inch eX-L series, all of which also boast refined designs and new screen options.
Working our way from the bottom, the ALT 15 is a hybrid notebook with a 15.6-inch display and either a 1366x768 screen resolution or a Full HD 1920x1080 panel. These can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 2860QM processor, up to 16GB of DDR3-1333/1600 memory, up to a 600GB solid state drive or 750GB hybrid solid state hard drive, Blu-ray reader or DVD burner, 9-in-1 card reader, and other odds and ends. Pricing starts at $979.
Sitting one rung higher is the eX-L 15. It features a 1920x1080 panel, up to an Intel Core i7 2960XM processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M (Stock) or 675M (Super Stock) graphics, up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 or up to 16GB of DDR3-1866 memory, the same storage and optical options as the ALT 15, and plenty of amenities, such as HDMI, USB 3.0, built-in speakers made by Onkyo, and more. Pricing starts at $1,399 for a Stock build or $1,499 for a Super Stock option.
Finally, there's the eX-L 17, essentially a bigger version of the eX-L 15 with many of the same features and options, but with a larger size screen. Pricing starts at $1,599.