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Origin EVO15-S review: A portable, absolute Max-Q laptop that does all right

Say hello to one of a many intriguing high-end incarnations of Nvidia’s new Max-Q technology.

The Origin EVO15-S is absolute and portable, delivering GeForce GTX 1070 graphics in a neat sub-five-pound frame. That’s amazing—but it’s also loyal of each Max-Q gaming laptop. Origin stands out from a throng with a stately out-of-the-box patron knowledge and a ability to configure a EVO15-S hardware any approach we see fit, distinct a eager infancy of a Max-Q masses.

More importantly, we can use this gaming laptop as a laptop. The initial twin GTX 1080 Max-Q laptops we’ve tested, a Asus ROG Zephyrus and a Acer Predator Triton 700, suffered from gloomy battery life and atrociously positioned touchpads. The some-more regressive GTX 1070 Max-Q in a Origin EVO15-S still won’t tarry a day divided from a charger, yet it lasts many longer than those others, and it has a candid touchpad, right underneath a keyboard where you’d pattern it.

The Origin EVO15-S isn’t perplexing to be an outlandish showpiece. It’s usually a darned good gaming laptop we can indeed lift around.

Origin EVO15-S specs, features, and price

Most Max-Q laptops hang to one or twin preset configurations, that is unsurprising given that Nvidia claims a record requires parsimonious hardware and program integration. But Origin’s website lets we collect from a resources of hardware options for a EVO15-S. Here are a specs, features, and cost of a Origin EVO15-S that we reviewed. It’s inhuman for a laptop.

  • CPU: Core i7-7700HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4/2400
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 120Hz 1920×1080 IPS, matte finish
  • Storage: 512GB Samsung 960 Pro, 2TB Seagate FireCuda hybrid drive
  • Weight: 4 pounds, 13 ounces, or 6 pounds, 9 ounces with energy brick
  • Dimensions: 14.09 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Ports: HDMI, 2x Mini-DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.1, 3x USB 3.1 Type-C, SD reader, headphone, microphone, ethernet, close slot
  • Webcam: 1080p
  • Price: $2,375 as configured on Origin PC

You can also customize a EVO15-S surrounding in all sorts of colors, textures, and themes for a cost upgrade, or even a totally strange airbrushed pattern for a quoted price. The chronicle we tested stranded to a default grey aluminum yet enclosed several inner upgrades. The $1,626 baseline pattern of a Origin PC EVO15-S sports a same simple shell, yet drops a hardware down to a GeForce GTX 1060, 8GB of memory, a 500GB hybrid tough drive, and a 60Hz display. Tinkering with your loadout understandably adds to shipping time. Origin PC’s online EVO15-S pattern page cites 9 to 11 business days for a baseline model, compared to 14 to 16 for a custom-tuned complement we reviewed.

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The Origin PC EVO15-S.

The 15.6-inch, 120Hz IPS arrangement on a EVO15-S looks good and runs during a splendid 343 nits max, yet it also shows one of a compromises Origin had to make to offer such a customizable laptop. Many accessible Max-Q laptops enlarge their screens with G-Sync, a Nvidia arrangement record that eliminates ripping and stuttering in games. But those opposition laptops—and Origin’s possess EON15-X—stick to a singular arrangement pattern to embody G-Sync. In a box of a EVO15S, however, Origin offers a aforementioned 60Hz and 120Hz 1080p screens and a 4K IPS option. The 120Hz and 4K displays need a GTX 1070 Max-Q, though; we can’t configure them with a GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q powers a 120Hz shade like a champ. Aside from a benchmarks we’ll cover later, we spent many, many hours blustering by Destiny 2 ($60 on Amazon) on this supply and saw buttery-smooth 80-plus frames per second via with nary a join or rip on a tip graphics settings. Nvidia’s Max-Q variants are exceedingly downclocked compared to their non-Max-Q brethren to fit into such slim laptops. You could consider of a GTX 1070 Max-Q in a EVO15-S as roughly some-more of a “GTX 1060 Ti,” yet that’s still copiousness of energy for a laptop like this.

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