I’ve never been keen on the idea of abandoning my tower case for a system with all the gaming guts piggy-backing a monitor, but when the monitor in question is a 34 inch curved ultra HD affair and the guts are full-sized and water-cooled I start feeling a bit swayed.
My first professionally-built gaming PC was a Maingear X-Cube, a charming little black box filled with joy and wonder. It looks almost nothing like the younger, sleeker models Maingear's just announced. They've come from the future.
Hint: it's the one with the USB ports.
The average PC gamer won't be able to afford to put together a 4K Ultra HD capable system for at least another couple of years. For the non-average PC gamer looking to spend upwards of $10,000 on a complete Ultra HD system, there's the Maingear Rush Vesuvius Edition — a showcase for AMD's water-cooled Radeon R9 295X2.
Well, that's it. Maingear's ultra-thin Pulse 17 has sealed my fate — I am completely ruined for thicker gaming laptops.
Maingear's Steam Machine didn't make it into Valve's brochure. At 4.5 x 4.23 x 2.34 inches and weighing less than a pound, it's pretty easy to miss.
Those are Maingear gaming laptops right there. That's ridiculous. Also a beautiful trend that needs to be encouraged until our gaming laptops only exist in one dimension.
When boutique PC maker Maingear contacted me about sending out a loaner F131 system for review, I had no idea that I would soon be face-to-face with the most attractive machine ever to grace my computer desk.
Most hardcore enthusiasts will tell you it's better to build your own gaming system rather than getting one pre-built. If not for the enjoyment of putting all the components together yourself, then simply to ensure you're getting high quality parts at the best possible price.