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Maingear Pulse 14

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and performance. The design and battery also get good opinions, but there are some less positive comments about the sound and durability.

portability, battery, design, performance, usability

screen, keyboard, price, durability, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Maingear Pulse 14 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 6 reviews)

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Maingear Pulse 14

 

The Maingear Pulse 14 is a powerful ultraportable gaming laptop you can actually travel with.

Powerful gaming performance with an Intel Core i7-4702MQ processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M graphics card. Serious storage with two 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 and a 1TB hard drive. Decent battery life

Mediocre sound quality. No touch display. No keyboard backlight. System runs hot

In the past, portable gaming meant either lugging around a laptop that was far too large to ever be used on a lap, or ditching the PC entirely for a small handheld device. With the current crop of ultraportable gaming laptops, however, your gaming can...

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Maingear Pulse 14

 

Laptops for PC gaming have typically been 17-inch and even 18-inch systems, designed to stay put on a desktop for most of their working life. Occasionally, we'd see an outlier such as the Alienware M11x (yes, Maingear also made an 11-inch gaming...

The Maingear Pulse 14 offers customizable high-end parts in a reasonably slim, colorful case. Unlike some other compact gaming laptops, it includes plenty of ports and generous SSD/HDD combo storage.

The 1,600x900-pixel display is low-res, and low quality for the price. The generic keyboard and touch pad do no favors, and the screen lacks touch input.

Another entry in the growing compact gaming laptop category, the Maingear Pulse 14 is slim and portable, with decent specs, but it's too expensive considering its lackluster screen.

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Maingear Pulse 14 (M5-1492)

 

The Maingear Pulse 14 offers high-powered specs for gamers in a slim package along with 8 hours of battery life.

Bright colorful lid; Great graphics and overall performance; Excellent battery life; Slim lightweight design

Undersized keys; Runs hot when gaming; Weak speakers

The $1,903 Maingear Pulse 14 (M5-1492) offers a beguiling combination of horsepower and endurance in a design you can take anywhere. We love the Pulse 14's paint job and slim chassis almost as much as the Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX graphics....

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Beautiful 1080p display, Good keyboard, Solid gaming performance, No bloatware, Almost five hours' battery life

Expensive, Uninspired plastic build, Runs hot, Non-touch screen, Non-backlit keyboard, Tiny touch pad, Lackluster audio

Nevertheless, if you're looking for a laptop that can tackle the latest and most challenging titles—and is truly portable—the Pulse 14 is a fine choice.

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Maingear Pulse 14 review

 

A barebones gaming laptop without the barebones price

Great gaming performance ; Surprising battery life

No backlit keyboard ; Sub-premium build ; Few extras or special features

For a considerable chunk of most folks' salary, they expect a premium device and experience. And while Maingear offers excellent paint jobs and incredibly dedicated customer service, the Pulse 14 simply doesn't stack up against competitors in its price...

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