Origin's Powerful 15-Inch Gaming Laptop Doesn't Need To Dress To Impress

When the folks at Origin PC sent me their EON15-S laptop for review, time and time again they stressed that while I was getting a plain cover unit for the system, they were also available with a shiny coloured plastic lid, special moulded to evoke futuristic technology.

To which I say hey, Origin PC, you don't need to get all fancied up to impress me. You don't have to put on that red, silver or black dress tonight. Just keep a low profile and keep kicking Crysis 2's arse and we'll be the best of friends. A gaming system does not have to look like a gaming system — only play like one.

I much prefer the look of the Origin EON15-S I received. It's a bit chunky at 1.4 inches deep and nearly seven pounds, but that's the price we pay for power in these days of underperforming slim laptops. It's go big or go home.

Simple and elegant.

Not that the EON15-S is the biggest thing going. Only 14 inches wide it straddles the sweet spot for portable PC gaming, it's 1920x1080 display sharper and more substantial than that of a smaller high-powered gaming laptop, while more dainty than the devourer of Starbucks table space that is the 17-incher. This is the sort of gaming laptop Goldilocks would buy if she had a spare $2800.

Origin EON15-S Review Configuration

  • Intel Core i7-3820QM Quad-Core Processor (2.70GHz), 8MB Cache
  • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M (2GB of Total GFX)
  • Origin PC Professional Graphics Card Overclocking
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)
  • 750GB 7200RPM HDD
  • 6X Blu-ray Reader/8X DVD+/-R/2.4X +DL Super-Multi Drive
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 12 Ultra
  • WLAN/BT Combo
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 1 Year Part Replacement and 45 Day Free Shipping Warranty with DVD image and Lifetime Labor/24-7 Support
  • Total Configured Price: $2859 in Australia

Inside that unassuming black box is one hell of a PC gaming performer. Packed with all the goodies I put in the sidebar so I wouldn't have to type them again, the EON15-S took on Crysis 2 (with the DirectX 11 pack) on ultra settings, outputting a relatively stable 40 frames per second — pretty damn good for a portable PC, with similar performance for both The Witcher 2 (which I will never stop playing) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.The unit stayed relatively cool throughout my interactive assaults, never getting hot to the touch, something I've experienced far too often in the world of high-powered gaming laptops.

Another surprise came in the form of the unit's sound. The installed Onkyo speakers deliver richer, more satisfying sound than I'm used to from an Origin unit. They're no 7.1 surround set-up (though the EON15-S supports it), but the drivers lurking underneath the grill above the keyboard are definitely doing something right.

It's got power. It's got performance. You want fancy?

There, the keyboard is back-lit with glowing, pulsing and dancing coloured lights that can be configured as garishly as you'd like. Make it constantly wave your college colours. Set it to red, white and blue when you're feeling particularly patriotic (adjust colours to suit your region). Or just leave it on a solid colour and enjoy the flat, responsive keys without having to hold a rave.

And you can always opt for the colourful candy shell, which won't cost a penny extra, or a custom paint job, which will cost you an arm and a leg.

Or you can just keep it plain and simple.

That's the sort of laptop that looks comfortable sitting next to some peanut butter and Wheat Thins. And should your gaming friends poke fun of you for your old man machine, open it up, load up Crysis 2, and blow their faces off. Then cover their skinless skulls with peanut butter and stick Wheat Thins on it to make faces.

Perhaps that's a bit too far. Anyway, lovely laptop. The EON15-S starts at $1837 in Australia. Go look.


Comments

    My god, you could probably bake cookies just by using the heat from that laptop when playing Skyrim...

    What the hell, it has a fingerprint reader in between the trackpad buttons? Why would you put it there?

      Also what is this thing actually made out of? Is it the usual crappy matte-finish laptop plastic or all-aluminium or what?

    I get that these articles are written by US authors, but honestly what about mentioning the fact that this is a Clevo P150EM which can be purchased from numerous retailers in Australia who aren't going to Gauge 500 dollars for a custom paint job etc.. Obviously Origin must pay handsome money to the marketing budgets at Allure Media, every article about hardware seems to be about Origin... $2433 AUD or 1800AUD from most other places, $600 dollars for what?

      Seconded.

      I own the previous version Clevo P150HM and it's a fantastic machine. Great build quality , cooling and performance. Only downside is the keyboard ghosting which hopfeully they've fixed with the a new BIOS (unlikely though) but I'm sure you guys can look this stuff up yourself. Certanly better than the Alienware crap out thre:
      http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-area-51-aurora-legacy-systems/515823-hinge-broken-m15x-screen-again.html#post6674496

      Origin are bumping the price for no reason. Get the barebones Clevo P150EM version if you can. Plus with your own custom version you can try and get the 95% gamut matte screen which is the best on the market!

    Neon lights, covered in stickers, sick sound system, hood with pointless angles in it. Oh not my Hyundai, my laptop.

    15.6" Full HD 1920 x 1080 - (1080p) Wide LCD (16:9 Aspect Ratio)

    14 incher hey?

    Just go get the Samsung Q470 if you want a compact gaming killer.

    Yeah in Australia this is the Clevo Metabox P150EM. I'm typing on one as we speak and it's a brilliant machine, best computer I've ever owned. The temperature is fine, I chose the AMD Radeon HD 7970M option and it has annihilated everything I've thrown at it. Love it.

    +1 for Metabox / Clevo... Wouldn't waste my money on any other brand of so called "gaming laptop" ;)

    "Then cover their skinless skulls with peanut butter and stick Wheat Thins on it to make faces."

    Made me giggle like a little girl. Made my day.

    Origin you sly dogs, I have a Clevo Metabox P150EM (which is the same as ther Origin EON15-S), and I have all the specs above plus a 256GB Intel SSD instead of the 750GB Sata drive, Killer Wireless and a 95% Gamut Matte screen, and its still cheaper than the price thats been stated above for the Origin version. All that Origin is doing is putting their label on it, and jacking up the price

    I couldn't help thinking of this: http://campuslife.asus.com/images/ASUS%20Lamborghini%20VX7.png

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