If you get your computing equipment from your local electronics chain, you could be forgiven for having not heard of MAINGEAR. The company has earned a reputation for putting together storming high performance customised computers and media centres and their products look pretty cool to boot. You won’t find them at your local Staples, though. They’d show up the mass-produced machines that are made for buyers who are either too busy or too lazy to shop around for something tasty.
MAINGEAR has just announced its latest slice of laptop hardware and it looks to be about as yummy as it gets. The eX-L 17 3D , an upgrade to MAINGEAR’s existing eX-L 17 laptop, is geared towards the home entertainment enthusiast who wants enough power to burn a hole in their lap. As such, it comes with the kind of high specs that are likely to satiate the appetites of the most power-hungry gamers and video fiends.
The most obvious enhancement – which is implied in the name – is 3D capability. The eX-L 17 3D comes with in-built NVIDIA 3D-vision capability backed up by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX485M graphics card and 2GB of GDDR memory, upgradable to 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz. With that kind of hardware you should be able to slap on the included pair of NVIDIA 3D glasses, fire up the 120Hz 3D-enabled LED back-lit display and expect an eye-popping gaming or 3D movie experience.
The presence under the covers of a second generation Intel® Sandy Bridge Core i7 2920XM processor, overclocked from 2.5GHz up to 4.8Ghz, as well as a 2X Blu-ray reader, is likely to stir the loins of anyone who wants a device well equipped to handle the demanding tasks of playing Blu-ray 3D movies, editing video or processing the most up-to-date DirectX 11 games.
If the 17-inch screen doesn’t provide enough real estate, you can plug straight into an HDTV via the included HDMI or DVI-I ports. With these options, you’re likely to get a high-end video gaming experience with a delivery system that doesn’t have a mega footprint. If you opt for DVI (because goodness knows, you wouldn’t use VGA with kit like this), you can get digital audio output via an Optical Digital Out giving up to 7.1 channels of high definition sound with THX TruStudio support.
Being cutting edge, the eX-L 17 3D comes with two USB 3.0 ports. It hasn’t lost touch with the old school, however. There are also two USB 2.0 I/O options, one eSATA and one IEEE-1394 Fire Wire port and a built in 7-in-1 media card reader.
If wireless interfacing is your bag, the eX-L 17 3D doesn’t look like it will disappoint here, either. It comes equipped with integrated Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N. MAINGEAR emphasizes the value of this for high speed online gaming but it should also be more than adequate for HD media streaming if you have the network to handle that.
Does the CEO and founder of MAINGEAR like the eX-L 17 3D? No prizes for guessing the answer to that:
“Offering a 3D enabled notebook is a great option for our customers, but offering the eX-L 17 3D that is 3D enabled and overclocked up to 4.8GHz with Intel’s mobile Sand Bridge processors and NVIDIA’s GTX 485M is even better.” Wallace Santos said in a press release. “We are constantly pushing the boundaries and leading the way in luxury computing and the eX-L 17 3D is a testament to that commitment.”
The price? Well, “luxury” is the keyword here and this might be where you come down to Earth with a bang. Starting at $2,659 well-equipped, this beast isn’t cheap. That’s another reason why it won’t sit well on the shelves at Best Buy. Still, you can have it laser engraved (below), which is an option you don’t get with the average Dell Latitude. You also get fingerprint biometrics security to make it less likely that someone is going to snitch it. And the full specs suggest that you get what you pay for. You’ll find them below the graphic.
- Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 485M with 2GB
- Display: 17.3″ (16:9) 120Hz 3D-enabled Full HD (1920×1080) LED-Backlit Display with Matte Finish screen and Nvidia 3D vision Glasses
- Processor: Up to Intel® Core™ i7-2920XM Processor Extreme Edition, 8MB L3 Cache Overclocked up to 4.8Ghz
- Memory: Up to Patriot 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 – 1600Mhz
Optical Drive: Up to 2X Blu-ray reader/8x Multi Combo (BD-R, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
- Hard Drive: Up to two 600GB Solid State Drives, 500GB Hybrid SSDs, or 750GB 7200RPM SATA 2.5 drives
- Network Adapter: Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N
- Audio: HDMI Out; Optical Digital Out, up to 7.1 HD Audio with THX TruStudio support
- Media Card Reader: Built in 7-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD)
- Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-Bit
- Battery: 8-cell Removable Li-Polymer Lithium-Ion
I/O Ports: 1 HDMI out, 1 DVI-I out, 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 eSATA, 1 IEEE-1394 Fire Wire, 1 S/PDIF out, 1 RJ-45 LAN, 1 RJ-11
- Dimensions: (W)16.22″ x (H)1.75″ x (D)10.87″ – 8.6LB with battery