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MAINGEAR’s new ML-16 gaming laptop can replace your desktop

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MAINGEAR's new ML-16 gaming laptop can replace your desktop

MAINGEAR specializes in producing some of the world’s leading custom, pre-built gaming desktops, but this morning the company announced something different with the new ML-16. It is a gaming laptop designed with the intention of delivering desktop-like gaming performance. If true, it could essentially replace your desktop PC. Most laptops can’t quite match the performance of a comparable desktop. But that didn’t stop MAINGEAR from building something that could.

The new ML-16 looks like it’s coming close, thanks to its powerful specs and an uncompromising approach to design and hardware components. The price isn’t that bad either. Starting at $1,869, the ML-16 offers powerful gaming performance at a reasonable price. However, the price may increase if you actually load the ML-16. It has two M.2 slots for SSD storage, and MAINGEAR lets you pack two 4TB SSDs for a total of 8TB. Optionally, you can go for the standard 512 GB and swap the SSDs later if you get them from somewhere else.

MAINGEAR has made the M.2 slots easily accessible so that you are not forced to opt for the pre-configured settings. That said, you can let MAINGEAR do all the work. Fully loaded, the ML-16 can cost up to $3,005. That gets you 8TB of storage (two WD_Black SN850X 4TB SSDs), 64GB of Teamgroup DDR5 4800MHz RAM (two 32GB sticks), an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, and the custom cover art that MAINGEAR offers if you want it specialized.

The MAINGEAR ML-16 laptop comes in a special ‘Launch Edition’

While you can purchase the ML-16 as a standard laptop, MAINGEAR also offers something unique for those who are the first to purchase it. A special ‘Launch Edition’ of the laptop is being offered, which comes with custom ‘Launch Edition’ artwork. The real prize of this version, however, is the Pelican hard case that comes with it. The enclosure is lockable and has an IP67 waterproof rating, with custom-cut inserts for the laptop and charger. Why carry your gaming laptop in a boring old bag when you can put it in this baby bag and feel like a Bond villain?

MAINGEAR only offers this for the first 50 units sold. So there won’t be many. In short, buy the laptop quickly if you want a chance to win the case. You can get the Launch Edition with an RTX 4060 or RTX 4070 GPU. These options start at $1,899 or $2,199 respectively. With options to increase RAM and storage at a slightly higher cost. Or you can opt for the fully custom option where you choose every part.

A “major upgrade over previous models”

This is not the first time that MAINGEAR has launched a laptop. However, it is a “major upgrade over previous models,” says Wallace Santos, CEO of MAINGEAR. And indeed it is. Not only can you get it with up to 64GB of RAM and up to 8TB of storage, but it also comes with the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H CPU that will increase its usability from the charger. An 80Wh battery is also included. So when you’re not gaming, you should be able to use the ML-16 for a decent amount of time.

However, MAINGEAR still recommends connecting the laptop if you are going to play games. The ML-16 also comes with a 16-inch QHD 240Hz display, an RGB-backlit keyboard with a number pad, a large tactile touchpad, and a host of ports for all your peripheral needs. This includes an Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a Thunderbolt 4 port with PD, a USB-C port with Display Alt Mode, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, and a microSD card reader.

The MAINGEAR ML-16 is immediately available from today MAINGEAR website.