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)
Summary: Gamers looking for a machine that can deal out the Pwnage with impunity need look no further than the $3,370 Origin Eon 17S. It offers an insane amount of power and performance and offers a ridiculous amount of customization. We just wish the inside of the notebook looked as good as the outside and that all the keys were full size. Those with tighter budgets might want to check out the $1,899 Samsung Series Gamer.
Pros: Face-melting performance and speed, Highly customizable design, Beautiful 17.3-inch full HD display, Good audio
Cons: Interior looks plain compared to lid, Keyboard a bit cramped, Loud fan
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.