Origin PC Eon11-S: Great Gaming Performance From A Tiny Notebook?

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Most of our comparisons rely heavily on the performance-per-dollar measurement to determine a winner, but the Eon11-S very deliberately prioritizes portability ahead of performance. With an 11.6" display that offers a maximum 1366x768 resolution, it fills a completely different market niche than any of the other gaming-oriented notebooks we’ve recently tested. That is to say, top placement on the value chart will only help Origin sell a few more of its compact gaming notebooks if the company can convince gamers of 1366x768 adequacy.

Many enthusiasts balk at the idea of playing their favorite titles at 1366x768, and more productivity-focused power users doing video and photo work will feel particularly crowded on a small screen. But increased pixel density is costly in terms of both money and power consumption, and not necessarily useful to anyone who sits more than a few inches away from this screen. It doesn't appear pixelated to normal users, instead it simply appears tiny.

If you can tolerate an 11.6" display with a fairly low resolution, though, you'll be rewarded with playable frame rates at moderately-high detail settings in some of today's most graphically-challenging games. Nvidia's GeForce GT 650M excels matched up to Intel's on-die graphics engine in these situations. Running on energy-efficient hardware, we see the strongest case yet for Lucidlogix's HyperFormance technology.

In fact, HyperFormance boosted our most demanding games so effectively that we're thrilled to have nothing but good news to report in this review. Mobile gamers get superb portability and adequate performance, making an even swap for screen size in the exchange. Although Origin PC wouldn't have impressed us nearly as much with these components in a larger chassis, the Eon11-S is an exceptional performer amongst the other systems we've seen sharing this form factor.

And so, while we know the Eon11-S won't satisfy every mobile gamer's requisites, we can easily recommend Origin PC's solution to anyone specifically shopping for a compact notebook with gaming chops. I actually don't mind hauling around heavier notebooks. So, as an enthusiast who actually needs more screen space to work, I look forward to testing one of Origin PC's larger, less portable solutions.

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  • It's quite the potent little power house isn't it.
    I can bet you one thing though the pricing won't be as potent lol.
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  • This is based on the Clevo W110ER. What other Barebones can go as powerful as such in a small package.
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  • joytech22It's quite the potent little power house isn't it.I can bet you one thing though the pricing won't be as potent lol.

    It's based off a Clevo barebones, so it's the same as the Sager NP6110 which starts at $899

    http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_customed&model_name=NP6110

    I just wish they'd offer a screen better than 1366x768 (at least 1440x900 or such)
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  • I have a first gen corei3 notebook. It runs fine, but battery isnt too great.
    But i wont be upgrading to anything till haswell is released.
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  • Too bad they don't offer the GT650M 1GB GDDR5 which faster than the DDR3 version.....
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  • EstixIt's based off a Clevo barebones, so it's the same as the Sager NP6110 which starts at $899http://www.sagernotebook.com/index [...] ame=NP6110I just wish they'd offer a screen better than 1366x768 (at least 1440x900 or such)


    538246 said:
    Too bad they don't offer the GT650M 1GB GDDR5 which faster than the DDR3 version.....

    There is a bios mod for some crazy OC on the GPU. Although you are right amuffin, the GDDR3 on the GT 650m is a let down. You can get the W150ER at similar price (also has a bios mod for OC) with GT 650m GDDR5 although it is a 15 inch (but 1080p screen).
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  • shame about the resolution but a 11 inch mobile gaming machine is pretty appealing to me. i could get a few sneaky rounds on BF3 whilst on the toilet at work....
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  • The thing Im the most pumped about is the windows 7 physical media.
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  • the scan version comes with the 2gb 650M
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  • I have that thing (Clevo W110ER barebone that is) from a German retailer with a slightly slower CPU (i7 3612QM), a matte screen and without that HyperPerformace. Sure it doesn't game as fast as some bigger ones, but hell does it replace a business notebook, in particular on trips where I can spend the night in the hotel playing my favorite games (e.g. borderlands 2 runs perfectly)!

    That's what I use it for (since about 4 months now):

    1. At the workplace (yeah, byod kinda allowed) for office applications with 2 external screens where it performs better than anything they have there.

    2. At home for media stuff attached via HDMI to the HDTV / Receiver
    and

    3. On private/business trips as my reliable companion, because, yup, it can game! It is simply small and light (enough)!


    In short - you may have guessed it already - I just love it.

    There is room for improvement: keyboard basically kinda sucks (but good enough for gaming and typing on the road), screen could also be better (although I don't need higher resolution - you hardly can read fonts at 100% size on the 11.6" size anyways) and I'd kill for a docking solution (which simply isn't available for the W110ER). But that's just my 5 cents and to me - at this time - there is no better companion than this little thingie combining mobility and gaming at a reasonable form/size factor.
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  • Quote:
    If you can tolerate an 11.6" display

    I can only imagine the back pain being stooped over with my nose 4" away from the panel. Origin's other offerings are much more appealing though more expensive. My pick would be one the 17" options: SLI EON17-SLX or EON17-S, and I get for some $1,550-$1,860 plus isn't cheap nor 8.6 pounds light.

    Origin notebooks - http://www.originpc.com/Laptops/Compare/?COMPARE=GAMINGLAPTOPS
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  • What I'm concerned about for something like "high performance in a small package" laptops are its temperatures all over in what would be considered full load. Doesn't have to be 100% everything, just something that would stress the machine a little.
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  • Lenovo Y580, got one my self Ivy bridge 3610qm quad core i7, 16gb DDR3 1600mhz, GTX660m 2gb GDDR 5 will leave this one in the dust as far as graphics/ram performance goes.... it has a slight edge in cpu performance but at what cost? (300mhz) base and turbo isnt much.
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  • PyreeThere is a bios mod for some crazy OC on the GPU. Although you are right amuffin, the GDDR3 on the GT 650m is a let down. You can get the W150ER at similar price (also has a bios mod for OC) with GT 650m GDDR5 although it is a 15 inch (but 1080p screen).


    I'm pretty sure that there is no GDDR3 on any graphics cards with a 28nm GPU and that anyone saying otherwise is mistaken just like anyone saying that there are DDR5 cards is mistaken. It's almost definitely DDR3, not GDDR3.
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  • Looks pretty overpriced. Only an i7 and a 650 for over 1k? That's kind of a waste...
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  • I paid mine 1020 or so from xoticpc, with same spec except HD is Intel 520 120gb 500mb+ read and write, with OS and external DVD drive, which is a previous gen format that's not much usable anymore. Also, my ram is DDR3-1600mhz as opposed to DDR3-1333. This one is way overpriced.

    I play Guild War 2 to TV 1080 output via HDMI. It's really a powerful, small laptop that match against 13 or 14 gaming laptops. Only wish that graphic card was DDR5 instead of DDR3.
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  • burmese_dudeI paid mine 1020 or so from xoticpc, with same spec except HD is Intel 520 120gb 500mb+ read and write, with OS and external DVD drive, which is a previous gen format that's not much usable anymore. Also, my ram is DDR3-1600mhz as opposed to DDR3-1333. This one is way overpriced.I play Guild War 2 to TV 1080 output via HDMI. It's really a powerful, small laptop that match against 13 or 14 gaming laptops. Only wish that graphic card was DDR5 instead of DDR3.


    Good luck with DDR5. There isn't a single device with it in the market and there probably won't be until around 2019 or 2020.
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  • With such a low screen res, isn't the spec a touch of overkill? With an A10 apu running every game but Metro at this res why would you shell out the extra wonga?
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  • "720p HDTV (an unnecessary and unfortunate artifact of over-scan adoption)"

    Actually, I quite like my 32inch 720p HDTV. I picked one up last year. I found it to have a much better picture than the 1080p HDTVs at that size (I had a physical limitation of 32inch). It provides a crisp, clear image with no noticeable pixels - even at close inspection. I don't see why all the hate on 720p.
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