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Origin PC packs high-end gaming parts into a 13-inch laptopThe Eon 13-S is almost small enough for a daily commute, but you'll squint at its 1080p 13-inch screen.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we're here taking a look at the Origin PC EON13-S that is a very rare piece indeed. And that it is a 13-inch gaming laptop you very rarely see a smaller gaming laptops. So it's usually 17 inches, 18 inches. Lately, we have a bunch of 14-inch ones. Here's a 13-inch example. It looks thick and chunky for a 13-inch laptop. It almost looks like a system that sort of skipped the last couple of generations of thin sort of ultrabook and ultrabook on designs that's because you need to have a certain amount of heft to fit in all these high-powered components. You can configure this in a lot in different ways. I think it starts off at about $1,200 but really you need to get about 16, 1700 to get something that's good for gaming. This particular configuration is just under 2200 and that's because it's got a very high-end Intel core i7 processor, pretty decent Nvidia GeForce 765m graphics card and it's got 3 hard drives, 2 mSATA and then a big regular [unk] 750 gig platter hard drive, which means you can get that, you know, speed for launching applications and the OS and then a lot of storage if you want to download a lot of games. I assume you'll be downloading them because there's no optical drive here. But really, everybody gets their games to download services like Steam now anyway. For gaming, this is what I thought really works fairly well overall. It's got a 1920x1080 screen. Now that's a very high resolution for a 13-inch laptop. But when you're gaming, you really don't want anything less. The keyboard-- kind of a generic keyboard, Alienware for example does a better job of having custom keyboards and really custom bodies for gaming, the touchpad, nothing special. Most of the time you just gonna hook a mouse up for gaming anyway. And you probably do what I did, which is at least half the time using HDMI output to go into a bigger monitor so then you got an external mouse, an external keyboard and a big, let's say a 27-inch 1080p monitor and you just sort of using this as a gaming back-end. Now the battery life isn't killer so if you're looking to, let say play a high-end game on a cross-country flight using this and not plugging in, that's really not gonna work for you. The only time I've seen someone really get [unk] than this in the gaming laptop is that Razorblade 14, which is a super ambitious, super nice but that system was held back by a lower resolution, really low qualities screen and it really hard to enjoy. I would much rather trade up to super high-resolution 9020x1080 Screen like we have here. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Origin PC EON130-S.