Maingear Launches EX-L 15" Notebook With Sandy Bridge

World's fastest notebook? We hear that a lot these days. Almost every single time that NVIDIA, Intel or AMD release new mobile hardware, the first laptop company to implement that technology into their gear gets to lay claim to a "world's fastest." Today, the award goes to Maingear. The company has just introduced the new EX-L 15, which is the fastest 15" notebook available to feature NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 485M and Intel's second-generation mobile processors.

That means that you'll find Sandy Bridge and DirectX 11 performance under the hood, complete with a dedicated tessellation engine that delivers up to 6x more performance than any other notebook GPU. There's also support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision, PhysX technology and options for the Core i5 and Core i7 CPU. It also ships with a Full HD (1080p) LCD, with both glossy and matte options available. There's a high-end model with 16GB of DDR3-1333 memory and a Core i7-2920XM, with the GeForce GTX 460M (1.5GB) and GTX 485M (2GB) being available in the GPU department.

Other specs include a hard drive as large as 750GB (7200RPM) / 1TB (5400RPM), a 2x Blu-ray reader / DVD combo drive, HDMI output, DVI out, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, a headphone port and Gigabit Ethernet. The starting price is listed at $1579, and it's available to customize starting today.



The eX-L 15 provides exceptional performance for realistic games and advanced multi-threaded applications

Kenilworth, New Jersey –  January 25, 2011 - MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom built desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, is one of the first to offer the new NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 485M mobile graphics solution to their updated eX-L 15 notebook along with the latest Intel ® 2nd generation mobile processors. The winning combination update on this notebook offers PC enthusiasts, gamers as well as business user the fastest 15” notebook available to take on any task.

The MAINGEAR eX-L 15 is packed with the fastest mobile graphics on the planet. NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 485M notebook GPUs offers revolutionary DirectX 11 performance that gives PC games an adrenaline shot with the fastest performance and visually-stunning graphics. With a dedicated tessellation engine that delivers up to 6x more performance than any other notebook GPU, users will experience twice the performance of dynamic game effects as well as interactive environment with NVIDIA® PhysX® technology. If you are into 3D, you can bring it up a notch with NVIDIA 3D Vision™ for an immersive 3D gaming experience on your 3D monitor or 3D TV.

The eX-L 15 also harnesses the power of Intel’s 2nd generation mobile processors. With the power of the next generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processor family, MAINGEAR notebooks will be able to take advantage of the new and improved chipset features that offers a new architecture with shared cache delivering more performance and energy efficiency.  The mobile processor integrates CPU, graphics, memory controller, PCI Express all on a single chip.  This allows end users to have extreme gaming, amazing multimedia, and flexible overclocking.

In addition to the cutting edge processor and graphics technology, the eX-L 15 also features a breath-taking full 1080p HD LED display that comes with optional matte or glossy screen panel. The notebook also offers SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, eSATA & IEEE-1394a ports, 2.0 Megapixel high resolution video camera and a fingerprint reader for added security.  This accompanied by a rubberized matte surface that is unique and soft to the touch that matches MAINGEAR’s style.  All of MAINGEAR products are supported with lifetime labor and phone support with one to three year hardware warranty.

MAINGEAR eX-L 15  Highlights:

Chassis:                eX-L 15 Performance chassis with matte rubberized finish
Display:                15.6" HD+ 16:9 LED Display (1920x1080)
                            (panel comes in matte (460m only) or glossy (460m or 485m)
Processor:           Up to Intel® Core™ i7  2920XM
Graphics:             NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 or the GTX 485M 2.0GB GDDR5
Memory:             Up to 16GB DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM
Hard drive:          Up to 750GB 7200rpm SATA 2.5” drive or 1TB 5400rpm SATA 2.5” drive
Optical Drive:     2x Blu-ray Reader/ 8x Super Multi combo Drive
Ports:                  1 HDMI output Port, 1 DVI-I output Port, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, 2 USB 2.0 Ports (one with Power Share)  1 eSATA Port (USB combo), 1 IEEE-1394a Fire Wire, 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack, 1 Line-In Jack, 1 S/PDIF output Jack, 1 RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)

Starting at price: $1,579

“We continually strive to push our system’s performance over the edge. With Intel and NVIDIA’s latest mobile technology, we are giving our customers a notebook that will really plow through anything they try throwing at it.” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. “It will be no surprise that any PC enthusiast will want to get their hands on our eX-L 15.”

“Visually-stunning graphics and the fastest mobile performance available - that is what you get with an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 485M-powered eX-L 15 notebook from MAINGEAR,” said David Ragones, Director of Product Marketing, NVIDIA. “The  GTX 485M brings cinema quality effects to notebook gaming with the combined power of GeForce with DirectX 11 and NVIDIA® PhysX® technologies.”