Maingear Nomad 17

The Good The Maingear Nomad 17 offers fast performance and deep configuration options, and Maingear has a great rep for support.

The Bad A $2,000 laptop really needs a better keyboard and touch pad, and a less generic body.

The Bottom Line A hefty investment if nicely configured, the Maingear Nomad 17 delivers for serious gaming, although the look may not be for everyone.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Support 8.0
8.0 Overall

Compare

Maingear Nomad 17
Maingear Nomad 17
Lenovo Yoga 920
Lenovo Yoga 920
HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2017)
HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2017)
Samsung Chromebook Pro
Samsung Chromebook Pro
Dell XPS 13 (late 2017)
Dell XPS 13 (late 2017)
Price $2,099 MSRP $2,099 MSRP $2,099 MSRP $2,099 MSRP $2,099 MSRP
Design
6
9
9
8
9
Features
7
8
9
9
8
Performance
9
8
8
7
8
Battery
8
9
8
8
8
Support
8
... ... ... ...

Review

Built-to-order gaming power, for a price

In a world filled with superslim ultrabooks and inventive touch-screen convertibles, is there any room left for the classic desktop-replacement laptop? As inelegant as that category name is, it still represents the first choice for the most serious PC gamers and multimedia enthusiasts who want something close to a portable home theater, complete with a high-res screen and booming (for a laptop) sound system.

A handful of companies still seriously compete in this space, from the more mainstream Alienware (nowadays a subdivision of Dell) to boutique PC makers such as Origin and Maingear, which charge premium prices but offer wide-ranging configuration options, expert by-hand assembly, and high-touch service and support.

The Maingear Nomad 17 starts at $1,579, but our tricked-out configuration came in at $2,099, and included an Intel Core i7-3740QM CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M GPU. By way of comparison, a nearly identically configured Origin Eon17-S laptop comes out to just about the same price (with one year of warranty coverage for each).

Continue Reading

Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $2,099
  • Brand Maingear
  • Type Core i7
  • Diagonal Size 17.3 in
See full specs

Report errors

How To

15 things to tweak when setting up a new MacBook

15 things to tweak when setting up a new MacBook

3 awesome features coming to Firefox that you can get right now

3 awesome features coming to Firefox that you can get right now

Check if your Chromebook is protected against the Meltdown vulnerability

Check if your Chromebook is protected against the Meltdown vulnerability

3 browser annoyances and how to fix them

3 browser annoyances and how to fix them

How to connect your phone to your Windows 10 PC

How to connect your phone to your Windows 10 PC

How to protect yourself from Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

How to protect yourself from Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

11 things to tweak when setting up a Windows 10 laptop

11 things to tweak when setting up a Windows 10 laptop

5 ways to make a Chromebook feel more like a MacBook

5 ways to make a Chromebook feel more like a MacBook

How to set up a Windows 10 laptop for your kid

How to set up a Windows 10 laptop for your kid

How to make phone calls on your Mac

How to make phone calls on your Mac

10 tips for better laptop battery life with Windows 10

10 tips for better laptop battery life with Windows 10

Latest News