Summary: For $2,599, the Maingear Nomad 17 offers gamers a beast of a machine without committing financial hara-kari. A similar configuration for the Alienware M17x would cost $2,974. However, we prefer the look and feel of that machine; notwithstanding the keyboard, the M17x has a better design, a brighter and more colorful screen and more lighting options. Overall, though, the Maingear Nomad 17 is a good choice for those who want a strong dose of power and performance.
Pros: Colorful lid, Excellent graphics performance, Great keyboard feedback
Cons: Not as fast as Alienware M17X, Stiff mouse buttons, Busy interior,