Maingear to launch new 11.6-inch Pulse notebook

Earlier in April, Dell's Alienware division announced that it was going to discontinue production of its M11x laptop. The small but powerful 11-inch notebook generated a ton of hype when Dell first announced it back in 2010. However, the company has since had a change of heart and is now concentrating its efforts on notebooks that have full sized keyboards and optical drives, which the MX11 doesn't have.

However, the folks at Maingear are stepping in to fill the gap left open by the Alienware M11x. Engadget reports that Maingear will be launching its own small but powerful 11.6-inch notebook with the name Pulse.

The hardware specs for the Pulse are certainly respectable. The screen has a top resolution of 1366 x 768 with a NVIDIA GeForce GT650M inside with 2 GB RAM for gaming, and an Intel GMA HD GPU for more mundane tasks. It also has support for up to 16 GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM along with USB 3.0 and HDMI 1.4 ports.

Maingear plans to start selling the Pulse on June 3rd. Pricing begins at $1,099 which gets you an Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. There's no word yet on the weight of the notebook.

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I don't think the price point is that ridiculous. It's got very high specs. But for gaming... I don't think the size of the device is going to be comfortable, and I'm not referring to the screen.

$1100 for a tiny netbook/notebook is ridiculous. At that price, might as well buy a 15" laptop that's actually useful or a 13" Macbook Air for a little bit more.

Xerino said,
the M11X got discontinued because no one bought it... This Pulse netbook will be the same

I know a few people with them, they semed to sell well. I'd debate getting the MainGear one if I was not already waiting for a new 13in Air.

How useable is an 11 inch screen on a laptop? I have a 17 inch laptop I use on my couch. One day I went back to my 15 inch Prob book, everything seemed to small, real eastate wise.

warwagon said,
How useable is an 11 inch screen on a laptop? I have a 17 inch laptop I use on my couch. One day I went back to my 15 inch Prob book, everything seemed to small, real eastate wise.

Considering I was fairly happy on an 8.9" netbook at 1024x600, it would be quite usable for me. 1366x768 would be plenty for running Vim fullscreen.

However, I can understand how many would find it far too small when they are used to bigger screens.

warwagon said,
How useable is an 11 inch screen on a laptop? I have a 17 inch laptop I use on my couch. One day I went back to my 15 inch Prob book, everything seemed to small, real eastate wise.

I have had an 11inch laptop for a while now.. it is actually a really great size if you take it with you out of the house.. I personally dont understand how people have 17 inch laptops and haul them into work everyday.. why not just get a smaller screen for a quarter of the weight.

Hello,

Fairly usable. I have a ThinkPad X120e with the same screen size/resolution and it's more than adequate for casusal web browsing, Microsoft Office and some limited game play.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky