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First Look: Maingear Nomad 17 (hands-on)
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First Look: Maingear Nomad 17 (hands-on)

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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.

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