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In addition, the eX-L 17 is replete with ports.  USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and even a fast charging, high current USB port for quickly charging your mobile devices.  The eX-L 17 also has DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort, fully encompassing the range of connections found on today’s monitors and TVs.  In addition, you’ll never run out of storage with the inclusion of eSATA (which doubles as an extra USB 3.0 port, how handy) and IEEE 1394a Firewire.


With support for up to 384 NVIDIA stream processors, Intel 2nd and 3rd generation quad-core processors up to 3.7GHz, up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 MHz, and even SSD caching with dual hard drives in RAID 0 or 1, the eX-L 17 combines all of the fastest hardware on the market in a large format form-factor. Enjoy larger visuals and easier video editing with a spacious 17" LED back-lit display.

Introducing the all-new, redisgned EX-L 17. The EX-L 17 features support for 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor and the fastest notebook GPUs on the planet – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series. This top-of-the-line technology contains all the latest connectivity ports and features Optimus technology for maximum 3D performance when you need it, and power savings for on the go.


The eX-L 17 features amazing display technology.  Its standard 1080p LED back-lit display comes in a super clear, glossy finish.  But it also offers amazing color reproduction capabilities with an optional 90% NTSC color gamut displays in a super clear glossy finish (coming soon.)  These amazing panels display color the way they were meant to be seen, for the discerning enthusiast looking for more from their laptop than can be commonly found.  And don’t forget NVIDIA 3D Vision.  Games pop out of the screen with the world’s best ecosystem of 3D gaming technology with an optional 120Hz 3D-ready display with matte finish (coming soon.)

Intel Core Technology

Supports 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core technology for blazing performance and cool operation with maximum battery life. The eX-L 15 Super Stock adds support for mobile Intel Extreme Edition processors.

Gear Up, Game On!

NVIDIA GTX graphics deliver a lush, smoother gaming experience. With support for PhysX, watch your DX11 games come to life at fast frame rates and high resolutions. The eX-L 17 comes stock with a GTX 670M, with an option to upgrade to a GTX 675M.

game in the dark

You asked, and we delivered. The eX-L 17 Super Stock comes with a fully back-lit keyboard and W/A/S/D gaming keys to ensure accuracy in any lighting condition.

1080p full hd

A FullHD 1080P LED-backlit matte display offers crisp graphics and high definition media and comes standard.

fast ddr3 memory

Up to 32GB of premium DDR memory from Corsair delivers powerful multitasking and powerful multimedia editing

RAID Support

Grab two hard drives and go RAID 0 for speed or RAID 1 for data protection. Get the best of both worlds with a RAID 1 mechanical array and an SSD caching drive.

Optional SSD Caching

Boost mechanical hard drive performance up to 5X without the cost and complexity of a multi-drive setup or large SSD drives. An SSD caching drive works automatically and transparently to boost bootup times, application load times, level load times, and other repetitive, disk-intensive tasks.

Premium Sound

Dual speakers with built-in subwoofer designed by Onkyo deliver a more immersive mobile sound stage.

connections galore

Including USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA, 802.11n, Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, and VGA out

smart touch

Multi-touch pointing device with gesture and scrolling function



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.

left view (in order from left to right)
IEEE 1394a, RJ-45 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0 (1 fast charging), eSATA/USB 3.0 combo port, 9-in-1 memory card reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini‐SD/SDHC/SDXC)
right view (in order from left to right)
Optical Disc Drive, Headphone, Mic, S/PDIF, Line-in, USB 2.0
rear view (in order from left to right)
DisplayPort 1.1, HDMI 1.4a, DVI-I, Power
Processor Options
• Intel® Core™ i7‐2670QM Processor (2.20GHz), 6MB L3 Cache
• Intel® Core™ i7‐2760QM Processor (2.40GHz), 6MB L3 Cache
• Intel® Core™ i7‐2860QM Processor (2.50GHz), 8MB L3 Cache
• Intel® Core™ i7‐2960XM Processor Extreme Edition (2.70GHz), 8MB L3 Cache

Core Logic
• Intel® HM77 chipset

• Supports Dual Channel DDR3
• Four 204Pin SODIMM sockets, support for DDR3 1333/1600MHz* (Real operation frequency depends on FSB of processor)
• Expandable up to 32GB, depends on 4GB/8GB SODIMM module (32 bit OS editions have a memory limitation of 2.8GB. Other hardware or application limitations may further prevent use of all installed memory. Windows 7 64bit is required for memory configurations of 4GB and above.)
*Two DIMMs per channel option is only available in 4 cores processor.


• 17.3" Full HD 16:9 Wide screen (1920x1080) LED‐Backlit Display with Matte Finished Screen
• 17.3" Full HD 16:9 Wide screen (1920x1080) LED‐Backlit Display featuring 90% NTSC Color Gamut in Super Clear Glare Type screen
• 17.3" 120Hz 3D‐Ready Full HD (1920x1080) Display featuring 72% NTSC Color Gamut in Matte Finished screen

graphics processor

Switchable GPU by NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology ‐ NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX GPU / Intel® GMA HD GPU

Intel® GMA HD
• Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology supporting shared memory up to 1.7GB
• Intel® Quick Sync Video
• Stereoscopic 3D Blu‐ray
• Microsoft ® DirectX® 10 compatible
• Intel® Clear Video HD Technology / Intel® HD Graphics

• 1.5GB GDDR5 Video RAM
• Support PCIe x16
• MXM3.0 Type B
• Microsoft® DirectX® 11 compatible
• nVIDIA® PhysX® Technology
• nVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology
• HDMI 1.4
• nVIDIA® Optimus 1.2 Technology

• 2GB GDDR5 Video RAM
• Support PCIe x16
• MXM3.0 Type B
• Microsoft® DirectX® 11 compatible
• nVIDIA® PhysX® Technology
• nVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology
• HDMI 1.4
• nVIDIA® Optimus 1.2 Technology

• One changeable 12.7mm(H) Super Multi / Blu‐ray ODD, SATA interface
• Two changeable 2.5" 9.5mm(H) SATA HDDs, (RAID 0/1 support)

Audio system

• High Definition audio interface
• S/PDIF digital output
• Built‐in Microphone
• Built‐in two speakers made by Onkyo
• Built‐in one sub‐woofer
• External 7.1CH audio output supported by headphone, • microphone, S/PDIF and Line‐in jack
• THX TruStudio Pro

pointing device
• Integrated Touchpad with Multi-gesture and Scrolling function


• Illuminated Full size keyboard with numeric pad
W/A/S/D gaming key

Power system
• Integrated touchpad with Multi‐gesture and Scrolling   function

power system
• Full Range 180W AC Adapter AC‐in 100~240V,   50~60Hz, DC output 19V, 9.47A
• Removable 8 cells smart Lithium‐Ion battery pack   76.96Wh

Physical Characteristic

• 16.22" (w) x 10.87" (d) x 1.65~1.79" (h)
• 8.6 lbs with Battery Pack

other features

• Built‐in 2.0M Digital Video Camera
i/o ports
• 1 HDMI 1.4a output Port (with HDCP)
• 1 DVI‐I output Port (single link)
• 1 DisplayPort 1.1 output Port
• 1 USB 2.0 Port
• 3 USB 3.0 Ports (One powered USB port, AC/DC)
• 1 eSATA Port (USB 3.0 combo)
• 1 Mini IEEE 1394a Port
• 1 Headphone Jack
• 1 Microphone Jack
• 1 S/PDIF output Jack
• 1 Line‐in Jack
• 1 RJ‐45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)

• 9‐in‐1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS   Duo/SD/Mini‐SD/SDHC/SDXC)
• 2 MiniCard Slots, one for WLAN Combo module (Half   size Mini Card with PCIe and USB interface). The 2nd   slot for mSATA SSD Full size Mini Card with SATA   interface).


• Built‐in Gigabit Ethernet LAN
• Integrated 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN + Bluetooth™   V3.0 + HS combo half mini card module or
• Intel® Centrino® Advanced‐N 6230 ‐ 802.11a/b/g/n   wireless LAN + Bluetooth™ combo half mini card   module or
• Intel® Centrino® Ultimate‐N 6300 ‐ 802.11a/b/g/n   wireless LAN half mini card module
• Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless‐N 1103 802.11   a/b/g/n wireless LAN half mini card module

• Kensington® Lock
• Integrated Fingerprint Reader

OS Support

• Windows® 7
Feb. 11, 2011 2011 Readers' Choice Awards: best gaming laptop
Maingear receives the most votes to win Best Gaming Laptop of 2011 award from ABOUT.COM

July 22, 2010
EX-L 17: Digital Trends Review
“Maingear's eX-L 17 gaming laptop dominates the competition and will play whatever game you want, however you want to play it. Unstoppable gaming power, Vibrant, 17-inch 1080p display, Minimal preinstalled clutter, Loud speakers, Generous inputs and outputs, US-based customer support.”

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June 24, 2010
EX-L 17: the gadget guy review
“King of gaming laptops”

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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.