Origin PC Eon17-X (2018) review 

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The Positive Excellent customer support, accommodates all kinds of high-end parts, plenty of lid designs. Delivers screaming efficiency with efficient temperature modulation.

The Imperfect Bulky and expensive, the off-the-shelf design hasn’t stored up with different PC makers.

The Outcome Your finances is the one factor that may maintain again the Origin PC Eon17-X’s super efficiency potential, however you need to need the normal cumbersome desktop substitute.

8.1 Overall
    • Design6
    • Features8
    • Performance9
  • Battery6

We have been huge followers of final year’s model of the Origin Eon17-X, and this year’s version is even higher — and costlier.

The Eon17-X, which now begins at simply over $2,000, is basically a desktop gaming system crammed right into a laptop computer. Yes, it is technically extra moveable than hauling round a monitor, desktop tower and the entire peripherals — and it is also lighter than rivals together with the 10-pound Alienware 17 (R4, 2017). Still, the Eon-17-X is very large, measuring 16.4 by 11.6 inches, and weighing in at 8.6 pounds. The modest battery life — we acquired about 2.5 hours in our check — presumes you will not stray too removed from the wall socket. (And like almost all modern laptops, this one doesn’t have a detachable battery.)

The advantages of all of that bulk are important, nonetheless. Ultimately, efficiency is the no. 1 precedence for any gaming PC — and in each certainly one of our benchmark assessments, the Eon17-X merely annihilated the competitors in each efficiency benchmarks and gaming frame-rate assessments. The video games I performed, together with Doom and Deus Ex Mankind Divided, ran easily — with no discernible stuttering or lag. The Nvidia GeForce 1080 GPU, which is close to the highest of the road, is highly effective sufficient to play just about any sport at full HD decision and with excessive element settings. It’s additionally extraordinarily VR-ready.

Our higher-end configuration, presently priced at $3,412 (or roughly £2,622 and AU$4,805), did not even include each top-shelf element Origin PC presents. But the included {hardware} was no joke Intel’s 3.7GHz Core i7 8700Okay six-core chipset — a desktop processor — and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 (overclockable) graphics card, added $245 (£185 or AU$340) and $659 (£500 or AU$915) to the worth, respectively. Origin PC will promote to clients internationally — however a machine this measurement is not going to journey cheaply; the worth to ship through UPS Ground to my house in Maine added about $50 to the worth.

Origin PC Eon-17X (2018)

Price as reviewed $3,412
Display measurement/decision 17.3-inch 1,920×1,080-pixel HD G-Sync IPS show
CPU Six-core Intel 3.7GHz Core i7 8700Okay
Memory 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,800MHz
Graphics 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (overclockable)
Storage 2 x 256GB SSD RAID 0 + 1TB HDD
Webcam Built-in 2.0-megapixel FHD digicam and mic
Networking Qualcomm 10/100/1000MB Base-TX Ethernet LAN, 802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

Origin PC gives quite a few choices throughout a big selection of parts — you may select from amongst 5 CPUs, three GPUs, greater than two dozen reminiscence configurations and lots of, many exhausting drive combos. The firm will fortunately assemble a system with each top-end element at its disposal, together with a 4TB Samsung 860 PRO Series SSD and a 64GB Kingston HyperX Impact 3,200 MHz reminiscence card, for the worth of an honest used automobile (i.e. north of $10,000).

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The 17.3-inch HD G-Sync IPS show, with a 1,920×1,080 native decision, appears crisp and brilliant. The full-size keyboard and quantity pad are comfy to kind on and have 4 zones of color-configurable backlighting — good, although not fairly as helpful as the person key lighting discovered on the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin or Razer Blade. The touchpad and buttons, which aren’t illuminated, are additionally responsive. Though it is not an enormous factor, I do want the built-in fingerprint scanner was positioned exterior the boundaries of the touchpad.

The cumbersome, largely plastic physique appears dated and a bit generic. Origin PC, like most boutique gaming PC makers, takes the identical off-the-shelf laptop computer our bodies as a bunch of different fanatic manufacturers and customizes them. (Only the largest manufacturers, like Alienware and Acer, can afford to design and produce distinctive laptop computer our bodies from scratch. Origin PC makes a few of its personal desktop circumstances, nonetheless, that are glorious.) Though the default case is not notably compelling, the Eon-17X gives loads of choices for personalization with a wide range of panel designs, HD UV patterns, metallic paints and even a hydro dip remedy.

This laptop has has no need whatsoever for your docks or dongles, however; the Eon-17X comes equipped with virtually every port and slot that a laptop could four USB 3.0, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, two Mini DisplayPort connections, HDMI output, S/PDIF optical, line out and in, mic and headphone, RJ-45 LAN and a 6-in-1 card reader. There’s also a 2.0-megapixel FHD webcamera.

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Yes, there are two big fans that run more or less constantly. But they do their job after my most intense gaming sessions, the right side of the keyboard was warm — but not so hot I couldn’t rest my hand on it. At first, I didn’t find the fans bothersome, and was able to hear the stereo speakers’ loud, balanced audio over them without issue. But when the machine went into overclocking mode, I had to shift to headphones.

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