Tuesday, November 5th 2019

MAINGEAR Releases VECTOR Gaming Notebook

MAINGEAR — an award-winning PC system integrator of custom gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations — today launched the MAINGEAR VECTOR, a sleek and powerful 15" gaming notebook that delivers high-performance functionality for an unbeatable value.

Combining a weight-saving hybrid aluminium and polycarbonate chassis with an Intel 9th Gen Core i7-9750H 6-core mobile processor and new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, the MAINGEAR VECTOR packs considerable power into a stealthy compact black design that's.78" inches thick and weighs just 4.16 lbs. The MAINGEAR VECTOR meets the needs of gamers and content creators on the go, capable of delivering jaw-dropping game experiences and high-quality game streaming via Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). No stone was left unturned in the pursuit of speed; the VECTOR offers incredibly fast storage options with the addition of top-tier NVMe M.2 SSDs and 16 GB of premium DDR4 memory. A vibrant anti-glare 1080p 144hz 15.6" display and back-lit RGB gaming keyboard complete the overall look of the VECTOR, continuing MAINGEAR's tradition of style and substance.
"To date, the MAINGEAR VECTOR delivers the most performance per dollar of any gaming notebook that we have ever offered," said Wallace Santos, founder and CEO of MAINGEAR. "The VECTOR is the perfect solution for gamers, streamers, and professional creators who want uncompromised functionality without the excessive weight often associated with gaming notebooks."

The MAINGEAR VECTOR features game-changing technologies courtesy of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti which optimizes performance and battery length. NVIDIA OPTIMUS intelligently optimizes graphics performance based on the task at hand, extending battery life when on the move. When plugged into a power source, the MAINGEAR VECTOR has access to Whisper Mode — which regulates a game's framerate and graphics settings for optimal power-efficiency and quieter gaming sessions.
MAINGEAR VECTOR Specs and Features:
  • 15.6" (diagonal) Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit LCD panel
  • Framerate support range: 144Hz
  • 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H Processor 6C/12T @2.60 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 4.50 GHz)
  • 16 GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2666 MHz SODIMM RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
  • 512 GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2.4 / 5 GHz) + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • Full range RGB Keyboard
  • Headphone/mic jack, stereo speakers
  • HD Webcam
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • HDMI port
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • Network Jack
  • HD Camera
  • Card Reader
  • 2 x Mini DisplayPort Port
  • 14.16" x 9.58" x 0.78" (359.8 x 243.3 x 19.8mm)
  • 4.16 Lbs. (1.89kg)
The MAINGEAR VECTOR retails for $1,499 USD and is available now for purchase from MAINGEAR.com and Micro Center online and at brick-and-mortar stores.
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5 Comments on MAINGEAR Releases VECTOR Gaming Notebook

#1
bonehead123
No stone was left unturned in the pursuit of speed; the VECTOR offers incredibly fast storage options with the addition of top-tier NVMe M.2 SSDs and 16 GB of premium DDR4 memory.
"Top Tier M.2" - whodatiz ? would it really be that bad to specify the brand & model, so we could judge for ourselves ???
"Premium DDR4"- specs say 2666....pfff.....not really premium IMHO and again, no brand or model either....
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#2
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
bonehead123
"Top Tier M.2" - whodatiz ? would it really be that bad to specify the brand & model, so we could judge for ourselves ???
"Premium DDR4"- specs say 2666....pfff.....not really premium IMHO and again, no brand or model either....
This is primarily marketing speak. secondly, they dont list what brands/manufacturers because this changes CONSTANTLY based on supply - One batch of laptops could have Samsung SSDs and ram while the next batch could have crucial or WD SSDs paired with Corsair or Kingston RAM etc etc.

Its easier for them to say "Just know that its good" and leave it at that.

So long as the parts match what is being spec'd then there is no problem.
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#3
Cheeseball
bonehead123
"Top Tier M.2" - whodatiz ? would it really be that bad to specify the brand & model, so we could judge for ourselves ???
"Premium DDR4"- specs say 2666....pfff.....not really premium IMHO and again, no brand or model either....
Memory is stuck at 2666 MHz because Intel's HM370 (which is basically the H370 chipset for mobile) limits it to that speed. Or they used strict JEDEC SODIMMs at 2666 MHz.

I'm not aware of what the enthusiast chipset is for mobile is, I'm not able to find a ZM370 or ZM390, so not sure what the i9-9980HK sits on.
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#4
Valantar
This is Maingear's variant of that new, fancy Intel reference design, right? Have to say a laptop like this at 1.9kg is pretty nice. Reviews of other brands using the same chassis have been quite good too.
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#5
Chrispy_
This feels like a new Clevo whitebook design that Maingear are selling.

I wish Clevo would stop putting ports at the back though. Ports belong on the sides, where you can see/access them, and hot air should go out the back, away from the user.
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