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Maingear Pulse 14

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews of Maingear Pulse 14. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and design are generally positive. The battery and portability also get good comments. There are some less positive reviews about the price and sound.

performance, portability, battery, design, reliability

keyboard, durability, screen, sound, price

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Brian Westover (

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.

Conclusion Armed with a powerful quad-core processor and the latest mobile graphics powerhouse from Nvidia, the Maingear Pulse 14 offers an excellent mix of features and gaming performance. While the lack of keyboard backlight or high-end sound might...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Maingear Pulse 14 review


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.

Oct, 2013

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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....

Aug, 2013

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Maingear Pulse 14


From the Alienware 14 t o the Razer Blade 14 , thin is in for gaming notebooks. With a slim 0.9-inch profile, Maingear's new $1,911 Pulse 14 (M5-1492) is the latest rig to trim the fat. The notebook also features a fourth-generation Core i7 processor,...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : David Eitelbach (

Maingear Pulse 14 Review and Ratings


The Maingear Pulse 14 offers an impressive mix of gaming performance and portability as well as a handsome 1080p display, but its compromises may make you balk at its $1,699 price.

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

Despite its small size, the Pulse 14 lasted nearly five hours in our tough battery rundown test, significantly longer than the 15-inch competition. The 2013 Razer Blade, however, led the pack with a battery life of almost seven hours.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (

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

This 14-inch gaming laptop will play the latest games with gusto. But for the same cash or a little more, you'll find more premium products with ease.

Jun, 2014