Do 11.6-inch Gaming Notebooks Still Have a 'Pulse'? You Betcha, Says Maingear

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Gamers on the go were saddened to learn that Dell plans to discontinue the Alienware M11x, a potent gaming laptop about the size of a netbook but much, much more powerful. Well, wipe away those tears because small size gaming laptops still have a pulse. More specifically, Maingear is getting ready to launch the Pulse 11, an 11.6-inch gaming laptop built around Intel's newfangled Ivy Bridge platform.

Engadget managed to get the inside track on the Pulse 11, which was confirmed by Maingear's CTO and VP of Marketing, Chris Morley, on Facebook.


"Pulse is short for Pulse Rifle, which killed aliens in Ridley Scott's franchise. Yes, that was on purpose," Morley explains.

The pint-sized laptop will feature a 1366x768 LED display, 8GB of DDR3 memory (expandable to 16GB), 320GB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics (mobile Kepler), a Core i5 processor, HDMI output, USB 3.0, and THX TruStudio Pro sound. It will begin shipping June 3 starting at $1,099.
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With a friend who lives in Boston and takes public transportation all the time these 11 inch laptops were ideal. He was able to sit on the train and game without bumping other individuals. I don't thing the market is huge for them but it definitely still has a pulse.

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karanm replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 9:43 AM

I generally dont like bigger laptops, to me they defeat the purpose of being mobile. The pulse sounds awesome but i would love a better resolution screen.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 12:56 PM

I don't know about the 11's really that is so small I would rather be more on the 13" side than 11. Though having performance in a 11 package is definitely a nice thing games are just visual and you can get a 10.7" tegra 3 quad core in a second right.

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Inspector replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 2:42 PM

Not bad, but i wouldn't get anything smaller then 15.6" for gaming. It would just be too small to do anything on it with out sticking ur head to the screen. I see professionals using 11.6" laptops for work but a gaming laptop i say no.

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ZTimpson replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 4:25 PM

i was very dissapointed to hear that Dell was going to discontinue the Alienware M11x, its good to hear there is still a "Pulse" for us gamers!

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AKnudson replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 7:45 PM

M11x just didnt have the market to keep it going. Dell has had trouble with alien ware several times in the past, so its easy to see why they cut it so quick.

The 11 inch laptop is hard to swallow for gaming, i agree that at least 13 inches are needed. but for a business laptop with those kind of specs this is a phenomenal option and product. I do believe there is a market for them i am just not part of it.

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News replied on Sat, Apr 28 2012 11:22 PM

Y'all are right, the 11" gaming market is not large enough for a boring commodity PC builder like Dell. But for boutiques, it's just the kind of these we like to do. ;)

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pwrntspd replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 12:51 PM

Theyre cute...but not practical. Gaming on screens that small is a pain.

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I would recommend you guys to game on nothing smaller than 13". Please, for the sake of your eyes. They will thank you later (did I just quote Drake? eww).

Having said that, if there's demand there, why not? Go get 'em Maingear.

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BBonus replied on Fri, Jun 1 2012 10:31 PM

I have had the M11x R3 for almost a year and I absolute love it. I was so saddened by the recent news from Dell, I only found out yesterday. I actually game a lot on my M11x and found that when I had larger 17 inch and 19 inch screens, I couldn't really get into the game. Not sure why, but I find I can focus better when I have a smaller screen. Even 13 inches was on the fine line of too big, and not too small. I can play all my games at full settings and on a trip a few days ago to Montreal, I was able to prepare for my meeting (video game industry), I was able to play their recent game on the plane with a wireless mouse. Using Iobit game booster I was able to game for an hour straight at full settings and then have about 2.5 hours of battery left when I landed. I'm glad Sager and a bunch of others including Origin have picked up the Clevo 11.6 inch laptop. I will miss my M11x when I'm in the market for an updated laptop in about a year.

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Interesting, about $1350 for a mobile Core i7, 8 GB  DDR3-1333, a 500Gb hybrid hard drive. not too shabby.

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