Maingear updated its eX-L 15 gaming laptop, adding Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU options and ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics to the mix. The 15-inch laptop offers gamers the most advanced mobile CPU and GPU technologies under one roof. Dual-core Core i5 and Core i7 chips are built on Intel’s latest 32nm manufacturing technology, and the Radeon HD 5870 graphics processor, which supports DirectX 11 and features 1 GB of dedicated video RAM.
Pricing starts at $1,599 for a configuration that includes the Core i5-520M, 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory and a 250GB hard drive. Upgrade options include a trio of Core i7 processors, doubling the memory to 8 GB, and solid-state drives from Crucial, Intel and Kingston.
Unlike gaming laptops that have 17- or 18-inch displays, the eX-L 15 has a relatively compact 15.6-inch screen. It features LED backlighting and native resolution of 1600 x 900. For an additional $95, you can opt for a 1920 x 1080 resolution, which matches larger laptop displays and delivers full 1080p HD playback. Maingear takes aim at dead pixels with its 30-day “zero dead pixel” warranty in addition to its standard one-year parts and labor warranty.
Like larger gaming laptops, the Maingear eX-L 15 has a separate number pad, which many gamers use to control the action in their titles of choice. A Blu-ray drive is another upgrade option, and you can output video to an HDTV through the laptop’s DVI or HDMI port. Data connections include four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA and FireWire. A 2.0-megapixel webcam sits above the display.
Though the Maingear eX-L 15 is svelte for a gaming laptop, it’s far from the lightest among 15-inch laptops. It weighs a hefty 7.4 pounds and runs between 1.7 and 2inches thick.
The Maingear eX-L 15 is available now for order; the company lists an expected ship date of May 5.