Design and usability
Excellent performance aside, the EON17-S hasn't changed much from its previous iterations. It's housed in a chunky, yet cool-looking chassis, with a glossy, glacier-white cover (customizable, of course). Inside, it has a full-size, backlit keyboard with a dedicated numeric keypad, a large touchpad sporting a glowing Origin logo, a fingerprint reader, and Onkyo speakers.
The keyboard is comfortable to type on, thanks to its pseudo-island-style keys. The keyboard features three custom lighting zones (you can change each zone to the color of your choice), which is a nice option if you happen to be playing a game with lots of shortcuts. The touchpad is pretty mediocre: It's laggy, even when you speed up the pointer, and the discrete buttons are shallow and offer little physical feedback. A crappy touchpad isn't really a concern on a gaming notebook, though, because most gamers use external mice.
The speakers are just okay: loud, but lacking in bass and depth. They're also a bit noisy at higher volume levels. Let's just say these are not the best speakers I've heard, especially not on a desktop replacement. Luckily, audio through the headphone jack is clean and offers excellent sound. The speakers are located above the keyboard and offer their own funky lights: bright blue and audio-based, they pulse with the sound.
The EON17-S has a large, 17.3-inch, matte-finish screen with a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The screen looks very good: It's very bright, images and text are crisp, colors look accurate, and blacks are deep. It's not a touchscreen, but that's to be expected from a gaming laptop (gamers don't need touchscreens, and touchscreens add quite a bit to the already hefty price tag).
The bottom line
Like I said, I'm a gamer who prefers desktops. But if I had to choose a laptop for my gaming needs, the Origin EON17-S would be very high on my list. This beast of a machine is expensive, but it's an absolute powerhouse.
It all comes down to what you're looking for. The EON17-S is definitely a desktop replacement that's not meant to be carried around day to day. But it's a great choice for college students or people who plan on moving every couple of years, since a laptop is much easier to pack up than a multimonitor desktop setup. It's also great for LAN parties, but really, who does that anymore?
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