Guys, have you seen the PC EON15-X by ORIGIN? Origin PC is located in Miami, FL and they sell build-to-order gaming and professional laptops and desktops. They’re what’s called a
boutique brand–a small company making custom built machines with home town tech support for life. You can even pick your preferred brand of RAM, SSD and HDD from a list of high end offerings.
The price isn’t wildly different from high end gaming PCs from Dell/Alienware, MSI or Asus, and the EON15-X we look at in this review starts at $1,798 for a 3.2 GHz quad core i5 Haswell E series desktop CPU, 1080p display AND the NVIDIA GTX 965M 4GB DDR5. Our very high end configuration sells for just over $2,700 and it has the top dog Devil’s Canyon Core i7-4790K 4GHz overclockable CPU, an NVIDIA GTX 980M 8GB DDR5 graphics card, 16 gigs of RAM, a PCIe SSD and a 1TB hybrid HDD.
The EON15-X looks like a gaming laptop, but styling isn’t high. Ours came with a white lid but you can order it with custom graphics or an automotive red lid for a bit more style. The chassis is 1.4″ thick, which is actually slim by gaming laptop standards (the MSI GT72 Dominator is 1.89″ and the 2015 Alienware 15 IS 1.34″).
While the folks at Origin PC design machines and hand picked internals for your perusal and purchase, the case and chassis are a generic ODM item (the ClevoP750ZM, also used by Sager and Eurocom). That said, it’s hard to say that any big name gaming PC with a casing designed in house from Asus, MSI or even Alienware, exactly rack up myriad design and fashion awards. Big gaming laptops have their own esthetic that has nothing to do with the Macbook Pro or other SLIM aluminum beauty pageant winners.
The Origin EON15-X is just a bit more generic looking than the big brands in gaming. It’s sturdy plastic and it weighs 7.5 lbs., which is atrociously heavy compared to an Ultrabook (as if that were a fair comparison), but not heavy at all for a full bore gaming laptop.
BASIC INFORMATION :
Display: 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 matte TN display. 4K PLS glossy DISPLAY with G-Sync also available. Two Display Port and HDMI.
Battery: 82 Whr Lithium Ion rechargeable, removable.
Performance: Intel Haswell E desktop quad core CPUs (Skylake coming). 4 RAM slots for 32 gigs RAM max. 2 SSD M.2 slots supporting SATA AND PCIe interfaces. 2 HDD/SSD 2.5″ drive bays. CPU is socketed FOR upgrades, graphics card is MXM and upgradable.
Size: 15.2 x 10.3 x 1.40 inches. Weight: 7.5 pounds.
Camera: 2MP webcam.
Audio: Built-in Onkyo stereo speakers, mic, 3.5mm, headphone, line OUT and SPDIF jacks.
Networking: Integrated dual band Intel AC7265 WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac AND Bluetooth 4.0.
Software: Windows 10.
Expansion and Ports: 4 USB 3.0 ports, eSATA, RJ-45 Ethernet, 2 DisplayPort, HDMI, 3.5MM audiojack (4) and SD card slot.
The Origin PC EON15-X starts at a seductive $1,798, the same BALLPARK as other high end gaming laptops. When configured with a core i7 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M or 980M, the price creeps north of THE $2,000 mark and our decked out 1080p model is a painful $2,737. BUT if you’re in the market for absolute power laptop in a (hefty) 15.6″ package, there are few laptops that can touch the EON15-X. The EVENT more astronomical MSI GT80 Titan SLI is the only faster gaming LAPTOP on the market, but the Origin PC offering is much smaller, lighter AND slimmer. Better yet, it has an upgradable CPU and graphics card, AND plenty of room for RAM and storage upgrades.
We love the Sound BLASTER card options and the speakers are quite good. The 2MP webcam is better than average and THE machine runs surprisingly cool, albeit not quietly when gaming OR exporting long 1080p footage in Vegas or Premiere Pro. albeit is a good buy.