What you need to know
- Maingear today launched the Vector, its latest gaming laptop.
- The Vector combines a six-core 9th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics.
- You can order the Vector now directly from Maingear and Micro center for $1,500.
There's no shortage of gaming laptops out there, but Maingear has a new entry in its lineup that manages to pack some respectable power into a relatively slim frame. The new Vector is just 0.78 inches thick, and it marries a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics.
The main chip powering the Vector is an Intel Core i7-9750H, which sports a base clock speed of 2.60GHz but can boost up to 4.50GHz. Inside, you'll also find 512GB of NVMe m.2 SSD storage and 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics on board should be enough to push solid framerates across a wide variety of games as well.
On the outside, the Vectore comes with a 15-inch 1080p display, which supports refresh rates up to 144Hz. There's no G-Sync here, which is a potential bummer. However, the Vector can take advantage of whisper mode, which takes control of a games framerate and settings to keep the laptop quiet when plugged into a power source. That control extends to mobile gaming sessions as well, with the GTX 1660 Ti's ability to optimize performance in an effort to extend battery life.
One major positive the Vector has going for it is its bevy of ports. In all, you'll get four USB port, two Mini DisplayPorts, an ethernet jack, and HDMI. There's also a full RGB backlit keyboard, because you can't have a gaming rig without a little RGB thrown in.
Here's a full breakdown of the Vector's specs:
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Display||15.6 inches, Full HD (1080p)|
|Processor||9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H, six cores/12 threads, 2.60GHz (4.50GHz boost)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 6GB VRAM|
|Memory||16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2666MHz SODIMM RAM|
|Storage||512GB NVMe m.2 Solid State Drive|
|Front Camera||HD Webcam|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi (2.4 / 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x HDMI port, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, 2 x Mini DisplayPort Port, Card Reader|
|Dimensions||14.16" x 9.58" x 0.78" (359.8 x 243.3 x 19.8mm)|
|Weight||4.16 Lbs. (1.89kg)|
The new Maingear Vector packs a ton of ports with plenty of powerful hardware in a relatively slim package for a gaming laptop.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to email@example.com.
What is with the HUGE bottom bezel? Also, it has the web cam placed in that HUGE bottom bezel so it's up-the-nose-view with it. Pass.
I don't think a gaming laptop should be judged by its web cam, but whatever.....
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