Introduction, Design, Features
When we consider of Origin gaming laptops, we consider big—beefy high-performance heavyweights like a thick and rugged EON17-SLX 10. That’s because a boutique vendor’s new EON15-S is a surprise: It’s a 15.6-inch gaming supply that’s most skinny and light. No, it’s not an ultrabook or one of Nvidia’s new Max-Q gaming slimlines, yet it measures usually 1.05 by 14.9 by 10.5 inches (HWD) and weighs a utterly reasonable 5.08 pounds. We had it subsequent to a rival, a Lenovo Legion Y520, on a table and it looked like a trimmer of a dual (though rechecking a Lenovo examination reveals a distance differences are trivial).
The EON15-S also aims for a word frequency if ever related to Origin PCs: affordable. Prices start during $999, and a exam section incited out during $1,168 with a full HD (1,920×1,080) display, Intel Core i5-7300HQ quad-core processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, 250GB PCI Express solid-state drive, and 1TB flash-accelerated tough drive.
That’s accurately where a movement is in a hyper-competitive marketplace for gaming notebooks labelled during $1,000 and or rebate a integrate of C-notes. (It’s a market, however, in that buyers with GTX 1050 Ti budgets are always yearning for GTX 1060 machines, those with 1060 budgets yearning for 1070’s, and so on.)
Naturally, a Origin doesn’t have all a frills of $3,000 gaming laptops. Like a Legion’s, for example, a USB-C pier is usually a USB-C port, yet Thunderbolt 3 functionality for super-high-bandwidth docking, video, and storage solutions. You can sequence a colorful keyboard backlighting into 3 zones, yet can’t select hues for particular keys as we can with some of MSI’s and Razer’s RGB rainbows.
But what a EON15-S can do is play games—the latest and biggest games, with all a image-quality options and eye candy incited on, absolutely above a 30 frames per second threshold that eliminates jerky or stuttering play. If we settle for a title’s second-best settings (rarely a manifest rebate in quality), we might strike hardcore gamers’ 60fps threshold for silky-smooth play.
In other words, a Origin EON15-S is a contender, a laptop that merits a place on a gaming grid and on your brief list. Let’s puncture into a details.
If we wish to blow your budget, we can sequence an EON15-S with a tradition paint pursuit same to those accessible on Origin’s desktops, trimming from a neon tone to hot-rod abandon to your association logo. By default, a box is understated black plastic, with lifted accent lines on possibly side of a turn Origin trademark on a lid and some-more lines etched into a front edge. There’s a swoopy settlement of cooling vents during a rear, yet yet a ornate resisting red of many gaming laptops.
Lift a lid, and you’ll see another camber of accent lines concentration on a confidant pentagonal energy symbol centered above a keyboard. The keyboard tray and palm rest are a sea of black plastic. Moderately far-reaching bezels approximate a 15.6-inch matte screen, that has a Origin name centered next and a common Webcam centered above. The camera captures well-focused, sincerely well-lit shots with scarcely no pellet or static, yet it missed a few excellent sum like a settlement in a shirt.
The cover feels sincerely sturdy, with usually a tiny flex when we grasp a shade corners or press in a center of a keyboard deck. There’s a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader (the comparison swipe-to-scan rather than a newer, easier press-to-scan type) between a buttons next a hold pad.
If you’re looking for ports, Origin has we covered. The EON’s left corner binds a connector for a AC adapter brick; an Ethernet port; no fewer than 3 video outputs (two mini DisplayPort and one HDMI); a USB-C port; a USB 3.0 port; and an SD label slot. On a right edge, you’ll find headphone and microphone jacks; another USB 3.0 port; and a USB 2.0 port.
There’s a distinguished Sound Blaster Cinema 3 plaque on a palm rest, yet a Origin’s sound is bashful and retiring—tone and peculiarity were utterly good when we played a favorite MP3 files, yet volume was infrequently pale even when cranked to 80 or 100 percent. Bass was detectable yet sounded distant divided and thin. Disappointed that a EON15-S couldn’t fill a room, we plugged in and enjoyed a audio by a Skullcandy headphones.
It took us some sleuthing to know what was function with a exam unit’s display—a few seconds after startup any day, it seemed to low or change tone heat slightly, that incited out to be not a hardware flutter yet a program application called Datacolor Spyder loading a tone calibration profile. Even after a tweak, however, there was copiousness of brightness, with good contrariety for peering into shadowed areas.
The screen’s 1,920×1,080 fortitude saved us from squinting during a 15.6-inch span, while providing frail fact for content and images (and vouchsafing games run during speeds that a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti could never means with a quadruple pixel count of a 4K display). Colors looked uninformed and clear in games and videos alike.
We have a teenager dispute with a Origin’s keyboard layout, that is that it’s not a blueprint so most as a large rectilinear retard of keys. Even a learned hold receptionist appreciates a bit of subdivision between a categorical pivotal area, a inverted-T arrow keys, and a numeric keypad, yet a EON15-S provides no such distinction, with a cursor arrows and primary keys tangled together. At slightest there are dedicated Home, End, PgUp, and PgDn keys, despite tiny ones, to a right of a Delete pivotal on a tip row.
On a certain side, a keyboard has a best typing feel, with plenty transport and a stretch touch, as good as a backlight that’s definitely brilliant. The same application that lets we collect from a Technicolor palette for 3 keyboard zones lets we record keystroke or app-launch macros. The hold pad glides smoothly, yet a rodent buttons next it feel a bit flimsy.
Origin provides all a extras that a boutique retailer should, from a sealed checklist for any notebook’s credentials and investigation to a bundled USB expostulate for complement liberation (a bit too geeky for a liking—think of a aged Norton Ghost imaging utility, with frightful lists of files and partitions, rather than a one-button “click to restore” solution). We were tender with a minimally organised Start menu and roughly sum miss of bloatware, as good as a removable battery pack—an increasingly singular underline nowadays.