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CNET First Look
Hands on with the new Maingear gaming laptopWith desktop replacement power in a midsize package, the 15-inch Maingear eX-L 15 is a niche product, but one that largely delivers.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Maingear EXL15. This is something that you don't terrible often. It's a 15 inch gaming laptop and of course you see from boutique laptop makers like Origin and Alienware and obviously major to big gaming desktops, big desktops replacements 17 inch gaming laptops. Not as often do you see a 15 inch one but what you get in this case is something that I think is potentially valuable depending on what your circumstances are, it's basically desktop replacement power boiled down to a mid sized laptop that I wouldn't exactly call portable but at least you can pick it up and carry it around with you, you know maybe once a week if you're going to somebody house or going from you know home to work or something like that. It's a little bit plain looking and that's because unlike Alienware which can have a very customized laptop body with the alien head and the grills and the lights, smaller companies like Maingear or Origin, they get off the shelf laptop bodies often from a company called (Clevo?) and then they customize them by adding in this case, this little Maingear logo panel on the back and they put their name right here on the speaker grill but more importantly, they customize the inside. What we've got in this particular model, starts at about 1499. This configuration is at 2300 is the latest and greatest laptop part. It's got one of the new Core i7 quadcore Intel CPU for 3rd generation of those which we sometimes use the codename Ivy Bridge to describe it. It's also got the very latest NVIDIA graphic and when you put those together, you get a pretty powerful gaming system that is set by the fact that even though it's very expensive, doesn't seem to look like a premium product, looks a little bit generic. The keyboard is kind of an older style. Not the widely spaced island keys we're used to. I also found that with the number pad here, the keyboard kinda get pushed up a little bit too far to the side. They made a lot of mistakes while typing on it and the touch pad, it's got the buttons below. It's not a big click pad. It doesn't have a special surface. Same service with the rest of wrist (??). Just not a very premium feel there for the touch pad as well. You do get what you look for in a gaming laptop which is a full 10ADT Screen 1920 x 1080 resolution. When I fired up the Diablo 3 on here, I actually got tired of playing on a small 15 inch screenplay. I just took the HDMI output and plugged it into the big 24 inch monitor and was able to take advantage of all the components while moving it on to a bigger screen. That is actually one of the nice extras here you get. Not just HDMI but also display port and DVI output and a whole bunch audio in the (??) as well. This is definitely a good system, if you're a multimedia junkie and have a lot of things you wanna hook up to. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Maingear EXL15.