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November 13, 2012

Big Display, Big Hardware Drive New Maingear Nomad Gaming Laptop

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

When it comes to PC gaming, gamers know that the hardware is a major chunk of just what powers the experience. Maingear, meanwhile, has rolled out its newest entry in the gaming PC market, the Nomad 15, a gaming laptop that's going to put a lot of punch in a small package for gamers on the move.

The Nomad 15 is a follow-up release to the Nomad 17 released back in September, but offers some seriously potent features of its own. Included in the Nomad 15 are quad-core Intel (News - Alert) Core i7 mobile processors running at a clock speed of up to 3.8 GHz, with a 17.3-inch full HD anti-reflective screen display (showing in full 1920 x 1080 resolution, no less) to back them up.

Naturally, a gaming PC isn't a gaming PC without a wide variety of options to choose from for added customization, and the Nomad 15 will have them and then some. Users will be able to choose from a suite of graphics processors from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 670MX, the GTX 675MX and the GTX 680M. Users will also be able to choose their RAM loadout, starting with eight gigabytes of Corsair (News - Alert) DDR3 and working their way up to 32 gigabytes of Corsair Vengeance DDR3. Hard drive options will go up to a 750 gigabyte hard drive backed up by as much as 60 gigabytes of Corsair Accelerator solid state caching for added speed in loading.

Three versions of Windows 7 come in as an operating system, and the whole thing is backed up by THX TruStudio PRO sound and Dynaudio Premium speakers, complete with subwoofer.

As impressive as that is, that's not even the end of it. The Nomad 15 even includes a backlit keyboard for gaming in lower-light conditions, and just to make things even better, Maingear is promising users a "zero bloatware" environment to get the best performance out of its hardware and give users the best gaming experience they can get.

It also comes in a variety of colors.

The down side, of course, is that you'll be paying for that kind of high-end experience, and out the nose. Expect to drop at least $1,549 for this laptop, which should prove worth it for the hardcore PC gamer, but may be tougher for others to justify.

Still, PC gaming needs powerful hardware to operate. It's not like console gaming, with which a device can just be plugged in and it's ready to go; PC gaming offers a lot more in the way of options so users can tailor their experience according to their needs and budgets. It's therefore not surprising to see an impressive new offering from Maingear come out, which has regularly proven itself in terms of the power of its hardware.

Even better, it's timed just right for the holiday shopping frenzy that should be kicking off in just over a week and a half now, so PC gamers – or those looking for a gift for PC gamers – should be very happy to see this one land.

It's definitely got the specs to be a solid release, and should make some gamers' day to see.

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Edited by Braden Becker
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