Origin EON17-S review: Origin EON17-S

Both the Alienware M18x and Origin EON17-S performed impressively in our very challenging Metro 2033 test (M18x stats not included in this review), knocking out 29.7 and 39.0 frames per second, respectively, at full 1080p resolution. PC games that require this kind of power are few and far between (The Witcher 2 is the most recent system-crushing example we can think of), but for serious PC gamers, it's nice to have that kind of headroom to play with, especially with high-profile games such as Skyrim and Battlefield 3 right around the corner.

Juice box
Origin EON17-S Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.8
Sleep (10%) 1.48
Idle (25%) 29.11
Load (05%) 87.95
Raw kWh number 159.32
Annual energy cost $18.08

Annual power consumption cost
Dell XPS 17 3D
$9.50 
Alienware M14x
$11.99 
Origin EON17-S
$18.08 

A large 17- or 18-inch desktop replacement, especially one with overclocked high-end components, wouldn't be expected to last very long running on battery power, and the EON17-S does nothing to contradict that notion. In our video playback battery drain tests, the system ran for 2 hours and 19 minutes, which is certainly better than some of the sub-1-hour scores we've seen in the past, but still not great. Both Dell's XPS 17 3D and Acer's Ethos AS8951G ran for significantly longer, although to be fair, a big laptop such as this is unlikely to spend much time away from a wall outlet.

One of the major reasons people buy specialty gaming laptops from boutique system builders such as Origin is for the enhanced service and support. Our system came with a detailed multipage checklist, noting its assembly and testing, and hand-signed by the techs responsible. The default mail-in warranty is for one year, but with only 45 days of free shipping. Adding $70 will get you free shipping for the duration of the warranty, and longer two- and three-year terms are also available. The system includes lifetime phone support and labor (assuming you pay for parts), which is a nice touch, as is the 45-day no-dead-pixel guarantee on the display.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Metro 2033 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,366x768, High, DX11, AAA, 4X AF  
1,920x1,080, High, DX11, 4X AA, 16X AF  
Origin EON17-S
49 
39 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations:

Origin EON17-S
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-2920XM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M; HDD No. 1: 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm + HDD No. 2: C300-CTFDDAC128MAG 128GB SSD

Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 555M; 750GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M; HDD No. 1: 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm + HDD No. 2: 750GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell XPS 17 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Alienware M14x
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-2820M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 720GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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Origin EON17-S

Part Number: Eon17-S

MSRP: $3,599.00

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  • Weight 8.6 lbs
  • Installed Size 8 GB
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