Maingear Nomad 17 Ultimate – Hands-On Review

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A plethora of super slim ultrabooks and tablets have lately been pouring into the market. In this overabundance of sleek and stylish gadgets, the Maingear Nomad 17 is an addition to that category of laptops that cater specifically to the PC gaming enthusiast. The laptop offers innumerable configuration options that serious gamers will no doubt find to their satisfaction.

Since gamers aren’t exactly known for valuing their aesthetic sense over a system’s gaming prowess, the glossy top lid on the Maingear Nomad 17 may not bother most. While the Nomad 17 is no match for the stylish chassis designs that companies like HP and Samsung offer in their gaming laptops, Maingear certainly leaves them behind when it comes to the superior level of customization it offers in its 17-inch gaming laptop to hardcore PC gamers.

Portability is considered an essential feature for most computing devices these days. However this feature doesn’t necessarily apply to gaming laptops. Gaming laptops tend to be bulky and the Nomad 17 is no exception with big cooling fans weighing it down. The laptop weighs 8.4 pounds and you can add another 2.3 pounds for the massive AC adapter that comes along with it. Its measurements are 2.1×11.4×16.9 (HWD) and the screen size is 17.3 inches diagonally.

It’s the 17-inch display on this laptop that really takes the cake. With a 1920×1080 pixel resolution the high-def display on the Nomad 17 is a sight for sore eyes. The screen has a matte finish that solves the annoying problem of glares from nearby lights. The Dynaudio stereo speakers on this laptop with an additional subwoofer really make the sounds and explosions on action games come alive. The keys on the keyboard are widely spaced which is ideal for a gaming laptop.

As is typical of desktop-replacement laptops, the Nomad 17 also houses lots of ports at the back as well as on its left and right side panels.

  • The right side has an optical drive and two USB 2.0 ports.
  • The left side houses three USB 3.0 ports, four audio jacks, one SD card reader and a considerably large fan vent.
  • The back panel contains the Ethernet jack, an A/C port and outputs for VGA, HDMI and eSATA connections.

Apart from the above mentioned ports that buyers cannot alter almost everything else in the Nomad 17 can be customized to suit the individual gamer’s needs. The laptop is powered by a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 – 3520QM processing unit and has an 8GB RAM. The hard drive offers a storage space of 750GB with an option to upgrade to a 256GB solid-state drive. An NVIDIA GeForce 675M graphics card makes for a fantastic gaming experience.

All these features and tech specs amount to a potent gaming laptop that should prove to be a valuable addition to the desktop-replacement laptop category. While the only drawback of the Nomad 17 seems to be a rather short battery life it nonetheless impresses users with its fast performance and improved graphics.

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