Excerpt: Origin’s founders know a thing or two about manufacturing no-holds-barred PCs: They all worked at Alienware before Dell acquired and commoditized the boutique builder (much as HP would do with Voodoo PC just a few months later). The Origin Eon 17-S reviewed here is the epitome of the boutique notebook PC, a budget-be-damned monster that destroys both benchmarks and bank accounts. Origin doesn’t build their rigs from scratch, though.
Pros: Overclocked top-of-the-line components deliver incredible performance, Very nice display
Cons: Pedestrian looks, Poor trackpad, No optical drive (bay occupied by third hard drive)
Excerpt: When the large, wooden crate branded “Origin” arrived at our Lab, we got out our crowbar and a shotgun—one to open the dang thing and the other just in case an alien predator was lurking inside. Once we blasted the box apart, we were not just relieved, we were also a bit disappointed to find an average-looking 17-inch notebook inside. After a bit of testing, though, there was no question—the cleanup of shell fragments was worth it.
Pros: Very fast overclocked performance; display offers rich, deep colors.