updated 02:55 pm EDT, Thu March 26, 2009
Maingear on Thursday hoped to add a unique feature to small-but-fast notebooks by launching the mX-L. The 13.3-inch platform is rare among factory-built notebooks in its option for a custom laser engraving on the back that personalizes its look. The system is also still rare for its size in having the choice of up to a 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo for its processor and storage that scales up to either Intel's 160GB X25-M solid-state drive or a traditional 500GB Western Digital rotating disk. Custom orders can similarly outfit it with up to 8GB of RAM.
An entry model starts at $1,100 with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a DVD burner. Beyond performance upgrades, options also exist for a Blu-ray combo drive and Bluetooth. Orders start for the system as of today.