PROS / Only the best graphics cards are available on this fully customizable gaming machine.
CONS / A fifth USB port and a larger SSD would be a nice addition to match the price tag.
VERDICT / This laptop has the multimedia features and hardcore performance to satisfy any serious gamer.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Gaming Laptops here.
Take your gaming to the next level with the Origin EON17-S gaming laptop. The powerful graphics cards render graphics with crystal-clear precision without slowing you down. Hard drive options and top-notch processor speeds ensure smooth game play and confidence in this muscular gaming machine. The lightweight and long battery life also make the Origin EON17-S one of the best ultraportable gaming laptops. Multimedia features are calibrated not only for gaming, but for creative tasks and everyday computing as well.
The graphics card should be near the top on any list of important gaming laptop specs. The Origin EON17-S laptop is built with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card. Since this laptop is fully customizable, you can upgrade to either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M card or the AMD Radeon HD 8970M option, depending on your preference. Any card you chose, however, will power your games on the highest graphics settings, so you’ll never be deprived of impressive visuals.
The processor has muscle as well, and your options include the beefy Intel Core i7-4700MQ or the 4930MX, which is the best processor on the market right now. Both will allow you to multitask and keep multiple programs open and running, all without slowing you down with long loading times.
Hard drive options are also plentiful, and you can install up to three separate hard disk or solid-state drives. Hard drives are available with 320GB to 1TB of storage, and the solid-state options range from 120GB to 512GB. Hard disk drives are cheaper but more likely to break due to moving parts solid-state drives are less likely to break and work much faster, but they are more costly. If you can’t decide, configure your gaming machine with a combination of hard disk and solid-state drives. Such flexibility in storage space makes this series one of the top in gaming laptops. One last note on performance excellence is the battery life. One charge on the 76.96-watt-hour battery can power your games for up to six hours.
Processing & Storage
The Origin EON17-S laptop has a 17-inch screen, but if you’re looking for something smaller, the series also includes a 13-inch or 15-inch model. The 13-inch weighs 4.4 pounds, the 15-inch model weighs 6.8 pounds and the 17-inch model weighs 9.3 pounds. The 13-inch is surprisingly light, and even though the larger models are not the lightest laptops we reviewed, the low weight of both makes them ultraportable laptops. Each also has a backlit keyboard for low-light gaming, and as a bonus, you have control over the color scheme. Both screen sizes on this top 10 gaming laptop will display your graphics in 1920 x 1080 high definition, so don’t hesitate to show off your passed levels and multimedia creations to friends and neighbors.
This series is packed to the brim with everything necessary for connecting external media devices. You can connect your toys and gaming devices via four USB ports and an HDMI port. A fifth USB port would be a nice addition, but four will definitely get any job done. A memory card reader, webcam and mic, along with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, make this a good gaming laptop, and its features are easy to use.
Design & Connectivity
Origin offers a warranty of one to three years with the laptop, and there are a number of ways for you to contact tech support. The live chat feature, email and phone line are ideal for getting quick answers. We found the tech experts to be very knowledgeable, and we received answers to most of our questions. You can even access driver downloads and read the user forums for more help.
The Origin Eon17 is a gaming laptop designed with the hardcore gamer in mind. Hardware like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics card and 32GB of RAM complement this gaming system in every aspect. Even though this gaming laptop is not inexpensive, this powerhouse is worth every penny. Hours of battery life and a lightweight body also make it ultraportable, so you can take your gaming with you. Overall, the display and internal components make this a great system for gamers and graphic artists alike.