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The MAINGEAR ALT-17 utilizes a unique technology from NVIDIA, Optimus, to provide a rich 3D experience when you need it, yet deliver the power-sipping savings of integrated video when you don’t. By dynamically sensing graphically intensive programs, Optimus can turn on or off the discrete DX11 GeForce GT 425M graphics card only when you need it.


The GeForce GT 425M with 1GB GDDR3 memory is a fully capable DirectX 11 part that is capable of delivery a 3DMark06 score of over 7200 – allowing for immersive graphics for the casual gamer. Whether you’re playing World of Warcraft or Farmville, the ALT-17 has the power you need.

1080p FullHD
LED Display delivers crisp graphics and high definition media


Connections galore
including USB 3.0, eSATA, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and HDMI


Full sized number pad
for you touch typists to speed through spreadsheets and accounting programs.


Hybrid SSD technology.
marries traditional mechanical hard drive technology with next-gen solid state performance at a price that is easy to swallow.


ddr3 memory
for fast application switching and multitasking and powerful multimedia editing



a beautiful design
with optional MAINGEAR M.A.R.C. laser etching designs.

Large, multi-national computer manufacturers have commoditized the PC market by subsidizing their products with the installation of intrusive, third party software. They are paid to do this. This software bogs down your system and prevents it from running at its highest potential. It also has the tendency to make your system unstable or may conflict with software you wish to install. All MAINGEAR systems eschews these tactics as we believe that YOU are the customer, not a third party software provider. We build purebred PCs designed for performance and reliability, not billboards and advertisments.

Processor Options
• Intel Core i5 and Core i7 with HyperThreading

memory
• 4GB DDR3-1066
• 8GB DDR3-1066

display

• 17.3” 1080p LED Backlit

graphics processor

• NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M 1GB with Optimus Technology


optical
• DVD Burner or Blu-ray options

Communications and networking

• 802.11g/n
• Bluetooth
• 10/100/1000 Ethernet
• 2.0MP Web Cam


pointing device
• Integrated Touchpad with Scrolling function
Ports and connections
• HDMI and VGA out
• 3x USB 2.0 ports
• 1x USB 3.0
• 1x eSATA Port
• 3-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader

Hard drive options
• Mechanical SATA 2.5” up to 750GB
• SSDs up to 512GB
• Hybrid SSD up to 500GB

Dimensions and weight
• w/l/h 16.26” x 10.93” x 0.99-1.53”
• 6.83 pounds

Feb. 11, 2011
About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards: best gaming laptop
Maingear receives the most votes to win Best Gaming Laptop of 2011 award from ABOUT.COM

MAINGEAR™ Service

While we've solved a vast majority of PCs, hardware, and software issues over the years, there will always be a few inevitable setbacks we face. Until we figure out how to build a perpetual sustaining machine, consumer electronics will have a shelf life. Sometimes, bad batches of components make it through the line and end up in our hands. It may seem they function perfectly at the moment, but their life span is unpredictably short. And let's face it, when your system suffers problems, you will feel frustrated and helpless. That's how MAINGEAR stands apart from other companies. We work closely with vendors to catch these anomalies, often times with customer feedback, and get the updated firmware or replacements needed get our systems running at their expected performance as quickly as possible. We appreciate you beyond just a customer and stand behind the quality product we have designed. There's a basic tenet of project management we adhere to: design quality in so you don't have to inspect it later. All of our products are well thought out, well researched, well tested, and leave our facilities with confidence, and if this downtime occurs with your machine, just know that we will not abandon you.

These are the promises we make to you.

1. You will never speak to anyone that works on commission. And those who you do speak to about a purchase will have built systems for us, or will be current technicians, engineers, and support personnel. You'll never get better advice than from these employees.

2. You will never be oversold. If we think you may be spending more money than you should for your needs, we'll advise you of ways to save money. Conversely, if we think you may not have configured a PC for the performance you're looking for, we'll let you know about that, too. But we'll never pressure you.

3. For the first 30 days of ownership, we will pay 2-way shipping of your system should a problem arise.

4. You will never have to pay for phone support or labor for the lifetime of the system. There are actually companies that make you pay for this after 90 days.

5. At our discretion, we'll engage a 3rd party service to provide on-site service at no additional cost.

6. We'll always replace any failed components in your PC with something that is at least equal in performance and features if we are no longer able to acquire the original part.

7. At your request, we will employ our virtual on-site, hardware-based remote diagnostic technology to fix any quirky software issues you may have. And we'll record it if you wish to reference it later, or to ensure your privacy concerns. This perfect blend of pre- and post- sales support and service make up MAINGEAR™ SERVICE. It's the foundation of our success and the key to our future growth. We feel it's important to make this information front and center.