Origin EON17-X review: This powerful gaming laptop runs hot, loud, and fast

Origin's EON17-X comes finely tuned and is pretty badass all-around, but rival GTX 1080 laptops may end up overshadowing it.

Nothing about the Origin EON17-X says “mobile.” Not its size, and not its specs. This gaming laptop is a true desktop replacement, with performance rivaling that of a traditional tower.


The high-end hardware in Origin’s 9-pound behemoth makes no compromises. Our test model’s most noteworthy parts are its overclockable desktop Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card, but you also get two blazing fast 256 gigabyte PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 and a 17.3-inch 4K G-Sync display. Beyond that, the speakers pump out plenty of volume and bass, it’s a pleasure to use the keyboard and trackpad.

While that desktop processor holds up well during content creation tasks and gives a boost during games that lean on the CPU, the EON17-X’s GTX 1080 is more impressive. It boasts the same kind of record-shattering performance as the desktop video card. You can play many modern games in 4K on Ultra setting at a little over 60 frames per second, and at 1080p, this laptop just smokes everything else out there. In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, we got 155 frames per second on Ultra settings.

This kind of performance doesn’t come cheap, though, and Origin certainly will make you pay for it. Our EON17-X costs $3,572. It also runs loud and hot, too—so while it’s tough to say anything bad about this excellent uber-book, rival machines from MSI and Asus may end up offering better options for a portable desktop-class machine.