The bulky, mostly plastic body looks dated and a bit generic. Origin PC, like most boutique gaming PC makers, takes the same off-the-shelf laptop bodies as a bunch of other enthusiast brands and customizes them. (Only the biggest brands, like Alienware and Acer, can afford to design and produce unique laptop bodies from scratch. Origin PC makes some of its own desktop cases, however, which are excellent.) Though the default case isn't particularly compelling, the Eon-17X provides plenty of options for customization with a variety of panel designs, HD UV patterns, metallic paints and even a hydro dip treatment.
This laptop has has no need whatsoever for your docks or dongles, however; the Eon-17X comes equipped with virtually every port and slot that a laptop could: four USB 3.0, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, two Mini DisplayPort connections, HDMI output, S/PDIF optical, line out and in, mic and headphone, RJ-45 LAN and a 6-in-1 card reader. There's also a 2.0-megapixel FHD webcamera.
Yes, there are two big fans that run more or less constantly. But they do their job: after my most intense gaming sessions, the right side of the keyboard was warm -- but not so hot I couldn't rest my hand on it. At first, I didn't find the fans bothersome, and was able to hear the stereo speakers' loud, balanced audio over them without issue. But when the machine went into overclocking mode, I had to shift to headphones.
You get what you pay for
Much like the Eon17-X we reviewed last year, this year's edition delivers exactly what you'd expect from a laptop that comes in configurations that range from $2,000 to $10,000. At a minimum, you're going to get a gigantic, well-designed gaming system that delivers competent performance, a solid display and tons of ports and connections. From there, you can pour many additional thousands of dollars into the Eon17-X for many additional incremental boosts in performance.
Origin PC's excellent customer support is worth noting, however. It includes free labor for the life of the machine and a year of free part replacement -- two benefits that are particularly reassuring when you're shelling out thousands of dollars for a computer.
|Origin PC Eon17X||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); (OC) 4.7GHz Intel Core i7-8700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,800MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; (2) 250GB SSD RAID 0|
|Asus ROG Strix Scar II||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD|
|Razer Blade (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design; 512GB SSD|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD|
|Alienware 15 R3 (2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (late 2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD|