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Origin PC EON17-S (2014): A massive gaming laptop selling support and speedThe Origin PC Eon17-S is one of our go-to big-screen gaming laptops, even if the look is getting dated.
Looking for a really big gaming laptop, you got a lot of money to spend, you don't really care what it looks like, well I'm Dan Ackerman and I'm here with the Origin Eon17s. Now, if it looks like you're seeing double that's because the origin is not the only big gaming laptop out there right now to use the exact same off the shelf body. A lot of small boutique PC makers. Just get these generic laptop shells and pack in their own components. And add lots of extras. I happen to have another one right here. The digital storm krypton that's built into exactly the same body. The only real differences are the origin has their logo stamped onto the touch pad. Digital storm has their logo. Origin went a little bit further in terms of customization. They replaced what they call the A panel on the laptop, which is here on the back. And they have their own little angled back panel here, while the Digital Storm just has a basic A panel with a little logo stamped on it and that's it. But frankly, neither one of these is gonna win a beauty contest. They're both big, boxy, bulky laptops. We've seen some really nice. Thinner laptops, even thinner gaming laptops with large screens, this past year, that hasn't really trickled down to sort of the boutique business yet where these guys can't make their own bodies from scratch. They have to just get what's available. And they allow a lot of value by customizing and tweaking, and over clocking and providing really great disservice. And support. With the Origin this really is pretty to of the line. Both of these have a core I7, they both have Nvidia's current G Force 8800M GPU but the CPU in this guy is a core 7 MX series, that's the kind of extreme edition and that almost adds about 900 or so dollars to the price on top of the fairly similarly configured. Digital Storm which just has the MQ version of the Core A7's, that's just a regular old quad core chip. At the end of the day, however, they both performed well. They both actually scored very close in our gaming tests. They got very high frame rates and very high graphic settings in the games that we tested. This configuration's about $3500. This digital store configuration is about 2200. You can actually get this down to about 26 with almost the same exact parts as this one if you get rid of that extreme edition CPU. And, on my gaming, test that didn't really add a lot anyway. So why does origin feel like they can charge a fairly, you know, hefty premium over something like the digital storm for essentially the same components in exactly the same case? I'd say it's that extra level of service and support, if you feel like that's something you want to invest in. You can always get these guys on the phone. There are a lot of customization options, there are a lot of overclocking options. You get a lotta paperwork and kind of background stuff with your system. You can get a big wooden crate that it can ship in and you can use for storage, and they also offer what they call a life-time free support which means you can always contact them and if you have to send your system in for upgrades or repairs the labor is free for the life of the system. I'm Dan Eckland that's the Origin Eon 17S.