Connecting to a G-Sync external display solved most of the refresh and visibility issues, though. Through the G-Sync-enabled Mini DisplayPort, the laptop drove a 2,850x1,440as high as 144Hz without issues and a 1,920x1,080 Acer Predator XB272 at up to 240Hz (as well as in Dynamic Super Resolution mode at a lower refresh).
The real play glitches result from the components. In BI, I had to turn the quality settings way down (to the low preset) in order to achieve smooth gameplay. At higher settings there was tons of stutter, pausing and nonresponsiveness in surprising places; who'd expect serious dropped-frame issues in the no-action Hall of Heroes elevator?
Rebooting between games seemed to help. I think more memory and a faster SSD would have helped alleviate some of it. Plus, more than 4GB VRAM would help the quality issues, but the only way around that is to spend more and not buy a 1050 Ti-based system.
All of which ultimately means that the Eon15-S is pretty typical. Like every system without top-end components, you'll have to tweak games individually and you'll get better results in some more than others; there didn't seem to be any unusual or endemic problems. Overall, once I had at least semi-optimal settings for each, the gaming experience was great -- a couple of lost weekends and some missed deadlines can attest to that. And the Origin advantage is that they'll help you over all the inevitable bumps. The fan does kick in loudly now and then, though.
The built-in speakers sound decent for gaming, with satisfactory surround simulation; they're not quite as good for music and movies.
As bland or bright as you want
Closed, the black Eon15-S looks as subtle as a gaming laptop gets; just a hint of bezeled diagonals on the lid and some stylized venting on the back. And without the backlight enabled, the same goes for the inside. But you can also bling up the lid in a matte red or glossy white, a custom paint job or a logo. (Those options were not yet available in Origin's configurator at review time, though, and based on other systems they look a little expensive for a low-cost laptop.)
The membrane keyboard doesn't have the clicky feel of a mechanical, but it's surprisingly good; it's relatively quiet unless you really pound it, and if you need to use the Eon15-S for work as well as for play, I think the feel will hold up. The Flexikey utility lets you customize the keyboard backlight with up to 3 preset color zones and the usual animated rainbow options as well as custom macro recording. The control panel software doesn't offer a lot of options, though you can set temperature rules to trigger fan operation.
The touchpad can be finicky, though; sometimes it works fine and at other times became selectively nonresponsive, and the embedded fingerprint reader has some sharp edges that made swiping uncomfortable.
It's not terribly heavy for a 15-inch at 5.3 lbs/2.4 kg, but the brick is pretty big and given the battery life you'll need to carry it with you most of the time.
For games that don't need to trade quality for speed, or gamers willing to trade some quality for speed, I think this is a great option, especially given the myriad connection options. And while it's not optimal for VR, there's enough power and connectivity to let you get your virtual feet wet.
|Acer Aspire VX 15||Microsoft windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050; 256GB SSD|
|Asus ROG Strix GL753||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti; 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti; 256GB SSD|
|Lenovo Legion Y520||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti; 256GB SSD, 2TB HDD|
|Origin PC Eon15-S (2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti; 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD|