maingear nomadsWhen it comes to portable gaming, you can either rely on handheld consoles such as the Sony PS Vita or the Nintendo 3DS, while there is also another market which is pretty mature – the gaming notebook. The thing about gaming notebooks is this – they tend to be clunky, and are not showfloor material for obvious reasons. Most of their bulk and weight are due to the kind of innards such notebooks possess, and the Maingear Nomad 17 is no different, especially when you consider the rather massive 17” display. It will run on the latest generation of Intel Core i7 processors (up to 3.8GHz), carry a massive 32GB RAM when fully maxed up, accompanied by a choice of hard drive configurations.

Other hardware specifications include NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 675M or 680M graphics chipset, a 1,920 x 1080 resolution count that will definitely complement the combo Blu-ray optical drive, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB 3.0 support, DVI-I, HDMI and FireWire ports. The starting price of $1,599 certainly reflects the kind of goodies you will be able to find underneath the hood. The thing is, can you explain to the missus the justification of such a purchase? There are also half a dozen colors for you to choose from, where it is described by Maingear as “hand-painted premium automotive paint jobs.”

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