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This slim gaming laptop is VR-readyThe Origin PC Evo 15-S can support VR headsets, still has plenty of ports and isn't a monster-sized beast.
For a long time gaming laptops have been too big, too heavy and just too ugly. At least over the past few years we've closed a power gap with desktops so a gaming laptop isn't big step down in performance anymore, but most of these were still back breaking monsters. That's why I love that PC makers have. Finally decided it was time to work on the look and feel of these systems also. The origin PC EVO 15-S is one of this new generation of gaming laptops that slims down while running graphics cards powerful enough to work with virtual reality hardware Like the Oculus Rift. That's because it has one of Nvidia's new g-force 1060 GPUs inside. Unlike some other slim gaming laptops, hooking up an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive is actually easy cuz there's enough ports. You've got four USB ports plus a USBC, even HDMI and display port for video. That's important because you might need one port for a VR headset, another for a camera, and at least a third for a controller. Both VR and regular games played great. That 1060 card isn't the highest end graphics card you can get in a laptop, but for every new game I tried, from Battlefield 1 to Mafia III, it played fine at high settings and 1920 by 1080 resolutions. I only had one real complaint about this system. Having all those ports pushes the power button down to the very front of the right side panel. Good luck not accidentally hitting it every single time you pick up the system.