The Good The Origin PC EON17-SLX is a very powerful gaming laptop from a company with killer tech support. Highly flexible configuration options make it easy to build to your budget, and a Thunderbolt port adds a bit of future-proofing.
The Bad A top-of-the-line build is still prohibitively expensive, and even with a few new design tweaks, the chassis can't compare with custom designs from the major PC makers.
The Bottom Line Cramming the most high-end parts into a massive 17-inch body will top $4,000, but you also get a powerful laptop that has more next-gen gaming muscle than any living-room console.
2-GPU gaming laptop that's powerful, not pretty
With new living-room game consoles from Sony and Microsoft hitting stores, it would be easy to ignore the PC side of the video game biz. And yet this year has given us more, and better, gaming laptops than we've seen in a long time.
The first round consisted of smaller, more portable systems, such as the, , and . More recently, we've reviewed 17-inch and 18-inch models from Alienware, with the as the new gold standard, featuring a very high-end Intel Core i7 CPU and dual Nvidia graphics cards, plus plenty of solid-state drive (SSD) storage.
That Alienware 18 configuration cost around $4,200, and was unmatched -- until we tested the latest version of Origin PC's EON17-SLX. It's essentially similar to the Alienware 18, with a few minor spec and component swaps that largely even out in the end. The configuration we tested cost roughly the same at $4,449, although the system starts at $1,916.
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