CNET First Look
Origin Eon17-SLX gaming laptop with Windows 8Windows 8 comes to this massive (and massively expensive) gaming laptop
I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here to take a look at the Origin Eon17-SLX. As you can see, this is a huge massive desk top replacement laptop meant for gaming-- big gaming laptop and the big difference between this origin and some previous very similar manner as we look at is that this guy finally has Windows 8. Now, interestingly, you can still order with it Windows 7 at least for now and Origin tells me that more people are currently ordering this system with Windows 7 than Windows 8. You know, honestly, despite all the complaints people have had about Windows and how it works with the different game apps, it really doesn't make a huge amount of difference once you actually get your games installed on here. You just gonna be running them from the traditional desk stop most of the time instead from this tile-based Windows 8 experience. And of course, this is something fairly rare for Windows 8 laptops that we've seen so far. This is not actually a touchscreen. Most Windows 8 laptops that revealed so far have been touchscreens. I found myself the first time I turn this on instinctively reaching out and trying to swipe on pass at Windows 8 lock screen until I've remembered that I actually have to go to the keyboard and touch pad or external mouse in order to interact with-- Now the chassis here a little generic-looking that's because boutique PC makers like Origin used off-the-shelf Clevo bodies or from other laptop companies and just kind of build their own components into them and tweaked them a little bit. I will say this Clevo case is a little bit different from the last couple ones we've seen. They made a couple of improvements. The touch pad has been replaced with a click pad version that's just a big pad with no buttons. That means they moved the fingerprint reader over here to this side. They moved under the ports around. They made it a little bit thinner and more tapered in the back. You still do get a lot of ports and connections, which is good for a multimedia friendly desk top replacement laptop, but really the real star here is the internal components the stuff you don't see. This particular version is very high end. It's got an Intel extreme edition quad-core i7 processor. It's got 2 video cards. It has got 2 120 gig SSDs and a 1 terabyte standard hard drive. And when you put all that together, this particular configuration cost about $4500, which is certainly a lot to spend. You can change the configuration to get it down to about $1800 or so. You're not gonna get nearly the performance at it, and of course, at the super high-end level at it. It pretty killed any gaming test we threw at and you can just take any new game pretty much frank everything up to the maximum settings and is gonna play just fine. Now of course, you gonna pay a lot for that privilege and honestly you're not paying to the looks. It's kind of a boxy, not very modern looking-laptop, but you aren't paying for not just the super dense components, but all the hand assembly and hand testing that Origin does and they are well regarded support services. We can get people on the phone easily. If you have any kind or problem, they will take care of you and that's a sort of, you know, hand holding that you can't get with the bigger PC brands and that's why people were really into gaming and performance laptops often don't mind spending a little bit more in something like this. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Origin Eon17-SLX.