Maingear’s Pulse 15 Pro makes working on-the-go easier, packs performance in small size

Maingear Pulse 15 Pro
PC system manufacturer Maingear introduced on Tuesday a new mobile workstation called the Pulse 15 Pro. It’s focused on the “demanding” creative professional that works heavily on video editing and 3D modeling, packing high-end components like Core i7 or Xeon processors from Intel, Nvidia’s professional graphics chip, and speedy SSDs provided by Samsung.

The new Pulse 15 Pro features a 15.6-inch screen housed in an all-metal alloy chassis that’s spruced up with automotive-quality paint. Customers can not only choose the color of the laptop when ordering, but add optional, customizable corporate branding. That said, customers can sport a purple laptop with a pink logo that will likely get everyone’s attention no matter where they go. Pretty.

Getting back to the screen, the options include up to a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution (4K Ultra HD). This screen is complemented by a 720P webcam and a built-in high-quality microphone mounted above, and backed by Nvidia’s Quadro M2000 GPU. All of this is supported by either an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor (2.6GHz/3.5GHz), or an Intel Xeon E3-1505M CPU (2.8GHz/3.7GHz), depending on the customer’s budget.

In a spec sheet provided by Maingear, the company reveals that the new Pulse 15 Pro supports up to 16GB of DDR4 memory clocked at 2,133MHz (two 8GB sticks). Storage-wise, the workstation supports up to 512GB via a Samsung 950 Pro SSD, and up to 1TB of storage using a Seagate 5,200RPM hybrid drive. This seems to indicate that the Pulse 15 Pro offers two built-in storage solutions: one for the operating system and applications, and one for storing large files.

Maingear says that the laptop’s keyboard is fully customizable and “optimized for maximum performance.” The keyboard features RGB lighting, allowing owners to create any backlit hue and possibly match the overall color scheme created by the paint job and custom corporate logo. The keyboard supports anti-ghosting too although Maingear does not specify the maximum simultaneous pressed-key input limit.

As for other ingredients, the new laptop comes packed with two speakers and a subwoofer backed by Creative Labs’ Sound Blaster Cinema technology. Dual-band Wireless AC and Bluetooth are provided by Intel while the Ethernet is supplied by Killer Networking (E2200). Other ports residing with the Ethernet include four USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4 port, two mDP ports, a microphone jack, a headphone jack, an SPDIF port, and an SD card slot.

Overall, the new Maingear workstation measures just 0.75-inches thick when closed, and weighs around 4 pounds. Additional dimensions include a depth of 10.5-inches and a width of 15.4-inches. That said, this workstation is not only thin but rather light, making work on-the-go for hard workers extremely easy.

“The Pulse 15 Pro will offer even the most demanding creative professional, with incredible processing power, blazing speed and impeccable graphics performance,” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. “With 4K video so easily accessible, even some of the most powerful machines can ‘hiccup’ when rendering it, however we’ve built this new workstation to effortlessly power through it.”

Currently the starting price for the new Pulse 15 Pro is unknown, and Maingear hasn’t updated its website to showcase its new laptop. However, as a reference, the current Pulse 15 gaming notebook has a starting price of $2,250 and the Pulse Pro mobile workstation has a starting price of $2,550.

Product Review

Spacious and intuitive, Samsung's Family Hub makes the case for the smart fridge

Samsung's 28-cubic-feet Family Hub fridge aims to not only keep your food cool, but also be the brains of your home via a large computer screen on the outside panel door. Just how smart is it?
Computing

Looking for an Apple MacBook below $900? Woot has you covered

If you're looking for a great deal on an Apple MacBook, then Amazon's Woot may just have what you have been seeking. It has Macbooks available for only $810 with Intel M3 CPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSDs.
Computing

Why limit yourself to one OS? Try one of these great virtual machine apps

Buying a new computer just because you want to utilize another operating system isn't necessary. Just use the best virtual machine applications to emulate one OS inside another, no matter what your platform or budget is.
Deals

Here are the best laptop deals for December 2018

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some holiday shopping for a special someone, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Computing

Leak reveals that Nvidia’s RTX 2060 gaming chipsets will be headed to laptops

The latest leaks of Nvidia's upcoming RTX 2060 have given performance benchmarks and further detail about the future chipset and its capabilities, while a RTX 2060 Max-Q variant has also been discovered for thin and light gaming machines.
Computing

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.
Computing

Supermicro investigation: no spy chips found on our motherboards

Supermicro announced the results of an investigation into the controversy surrounding its motherboards. The investigation was launched in response to reports that alleged the motherboards were compromised with malicious hardware.
Computing

New rumors say the Pixelbook 2 could show up at CES 2019

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.
Computing

A dead pixel doesn't mean a dead display. Here's how to repair it

Dead pixel got you down? We don't blame you. Check out our guide on how to fix a dead pixel and save yourself that costly screen replacement or an unwanted trip to your local repair shop.
Computing

You could spend $1,000 on an iPhone, or buy one of these awesome laptops instead

Finding a decent laptop is easy, but finding one under $1,000 is a bit tricky. Luckily, we've taken some of the guesswork out of picking out a budget laptop. Here are some of our favorites, the best laptops under $1,000.
Computing

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
Computing

Here’s how to install Windows on a Chromebook

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…
Computing

We want every laptop to be as thin as an iPhone. But is it practical?

The Acer Swift 7 is the thinnest notebook you can buy, and it feels like the notebook of the future. But it makes too many compromises along the way, and some weird design choices hold it back.
Photography

Photographers can now customize the layout of Lightroom Classic controls

Tired of scrolling past Lightroom tools that you don't use? Adobe Lightroom Classic now allows users to reorganize the Develop panel. The update comes along with new sharing options in Lightroom CC, and updates to the mobile Lightroom app.