Summary: With its strong gaming performance and compact size, the Maingear Pulse 11 is a good choice for gamers on the go. The fact that a notebook this size can handle "Batman: Arkham City" at its highest settings is impressive. What prevents this mini-rig (and its close cousins from AvaDirect and Eurocom) from getting a higher rating is its short battery life.
Pros: Excellent performance, Fast SSD, Nice soft-touch finish
Maingear Pulse 11 review: a small and surprisingly powerful gaming laptop
29 June 2012
Summary: Partway through the week we spent with this laptop, we started to think about Arcade Fire's My Body is a Cage . It took us a while to understand why that was, but it seemed like a rather apt description of this device as a whole. At its core, this frankly bonkers gaming laptop has an unreasonable amount of power compressed and compacted into a shell the size of a netbook.
Pros: Small and lightweight, Surprisingly powerful, Rock-solid build quality
Cons: Keyboard and trackpad aren't comfortable, Weak backlight on the display, Speakers are an afterthought