This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Maingear Nomad 17 (hands-on)

About Video Transcript

First Look: Maingear Nomad 17 (hands-on)

2:05 /

There is still a place in the world for big desktop replacement laptops. The Maingear Nomad 17 comes equipped with a custom painted lid.

I'm Danny Ackerman and we are here to take a look at the Maingear Nomad 17. Now, there is still a place in the world for big deskstop replacement laptops even though a lot of what we've seen lately are super sub ultrabooks or kind of inventive touchscreen, the highly convertible laptops, every once in a while especially if you are a PC gamer, you're gonna want a big, honking tank of a laptop like this. The problem is even if you're willing to spend $2000 on one of those systems, if you get it from the boutique PC maker like Maingear, like Origin, and a couple of others who get great attention to detail, lots of configuration option, the very powerful system, but if filled into a very generic body some company used a Clevo body. Some company chose the MSI body. Like in this particular case right here, which end up with a something that does not exactly look like maybe I spend $2000 on it laptop wise. At the very least in Maingear's case, they take some automotive paint and give you a custom-colored back LED with a kind of big, almost glisteny car finish to it. But there's so much cool, high design stuff going on the laptops right now. It doesn't feel particularly modern. That point aside when you can do with something like the Maingear Nomad 17 is a-- it's right about $1500 for a different set of components, but then you can upgrade all the way up to a quad-core core i7. The latest is video graphics, big hard drive, even big as is the hard drive. This particular configuration is a little bit worth of $2000 and we could have gone up even more if we had let's say like a 256 gig SSD to it. Performance-wise, these were any of the super high-end laptop. You're gonna spend this kind of money, which is below our benchmarks away in everyday use even things like HD video editing or something other-- some other test that's very sort of intensive like that. No problem at all. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Maingear Nomad 17.

New releases

Most anticipated games for Holiday...
3:03 October 31, 2014
The most sought after new titles that gamers want for the holidays.
Play video
RHA T10i: Stainless steel headphones...
2:04 October 31, 2014
The $200 RHA T10i is a great sounding in-ear headphone that's well-built and has some nice extras, including...
Play video
The XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO...
3:00 October 31, 2014
CNET editor Dong Ngo demonstrates how well the XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D printer can replicate a 3D...
Play video
Verizon-exclusive Sony Experia...
2:35 October 31, 2014
If you've been craving Sony's Xperia Z3, this sleek alternative comes close but is a little different: it...
Play video
Amazon Fire Phone burns on
2:54 October 31, 2014
Amazon hasn't given up on the Fire Phone, Facebook makes it easy to mask your identity with Tor, and the Starbucks...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,574: Halloween episode,...
26:08 October 31, 2014
It's an ultra-creepy episode of The 404 today -- way creepier than normal. Will Seth Rogen play Steve Wozniak?...
Play video
Skylink's boring security system...
2:37 October 31, 2014
This low-cost, DIY smart setup offers basic security without monthly fees
Play video
Everything you need to know about...
2:05 October 31, 2014
Google's Android Wear software is cropping up on a host of smartwatches. But what exactly is Android Wear...
Play video