The Bottom Line
Oct 16 2013 - For those looking at high performance gaming in a compact design, the Origin PC does a very good job of providing all the performance in a relatively small package. The EON13-S may not look fancy, but it certainly packs performance and the solid state drive RAID array is unique amount the systems that have the same base platform. All this performance does have its drawbacks though including some rather noisy cooling fans and the smaller size makes the keyboard less desirable for lengthy sessions of gaming.
- High Resolution, Anti-Glare Display
- Excellent Performance For Gaming
- Two Solid State Drives Dor Extra Storage Performance
- System Gets Noisy Under Load
- Keyboard and Trackpad Not Well Suited For Gaming
- Intel Core i7-4700MQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- Two 120GB Solid State Drives in RAID 0 Array and a 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 13.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA
- 13" x 8.9" x 1.26" @ 4.6 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Review - Origin PC EOS13-S
Oct 16 2013 - The Origin PC EON13-S is a high performance compact gaming laptop that is based upon the Clevo W230ST whitebox notebook chassis. This means that the system will look very similar to a couple of other system integrator options. The chassis itself is quite bulky with a 1.26-inch thickness that in the age of utlrabooks feels huge. The weight is also up there at 4.6 pounds which is more akin to some larger 14 and 15-inch laptops. The reason for all this bulk is to hold all the cooling for such high performance parts that are housed inside of it.
Origin allows the EON13-S to a highly customizable with a range of parts to select from but anyone serious about gaming is going to choose at least the Core i7-4700MQ quad core processor. It is possible to get by on the slightly more affordable i7-4600M which has higher clock speeds but only two cores but more and more games are starting to use the extra cores. Either processor though will provide more than enough performance for gaming and also offer solid general performance for other demanding tasks like desktop video. The one side note is that when the system is under heavy load, the cooling fans can get quite loud to properly cool the system down. The processor is matched with 8GB of DDR3 memory to provide it with a smooth overall experience in Windows and various programs.
Storage for the Origin PC is probably one of the more unique aspects. It is fully customizable just like the processor with a wide range of options but it offers something that some of the other companies don't in the form of two 120GB solid state drives that are linked together into a RAID 0 array. This becomes the primary operating system drive and also for programs. It provides it with some outstanding performance when booting up the system or loading games and applications. Now that 240GB combined storage is still somewhat limiting so it also features a 750GB hard drive for additional data storage. If that isn't enough and you want to add some more external storage, there are three USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external drives. The only downside is that all of these reside on the front right hand side which is where many people will likely end up using an external mouse for gaming. There is no optical drive in this system which is typical of many smaller laptops and not as big of a deal with digital software distribution now.
As this is a gaming laptop, the display and graphics are key features. The 13.3-inch screen offers a very high 1920x1080 resolution for full HD gaming and video. The display also features a matte anti-glare coating that helps reduce reflections and glare which is nice as so many now feature glossy coatings. In terms of the color, brightness and contrast, the display does a good job but it certainly isn't outstanding when there are now screens in this size that can get near to 4K resolution. Viewing angles are good but not great. The graphics are driven by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M dedicated graphics processor that allows it to do gaming. In many cases, it should be able to go up to the full display resolution but at times it will be necessary to drop it down to 1600x900 or even lower to have decent frame rates in very demanding games.
With the smaller dimensions of the 13-inch chassis, the keyboard does lack some of the keys found in larger gaming systems. It uses a standard isolated key layout so common to laptops these days. The keys themselves have a fairly short throw considering the thickness of the system which make it less than perfect for gaming but serviceable. The trackpad is relatively small as it does feature dedicated buttons. It does a decent job with accuracy but most people using this system for gaming will opt to have an external mouse for better accuracy and response times.
The battery pack for the EON13-S uses the standard 62.16Whr removable battery pack common to the Clevo W230ST chassis. This provides it with a bit more capacity than your average 13-inch laptop but this is running much more power demanding applications. In video playback tests, this resulted in just three and a half hours of running time. It should be noted that gaming on the battery will consume much more power and result in roughly half that running time. This is well behind the ultrabooks but is also lower than the Razer Blade 14 which is slightly larger but manages to get around six hours of running time in the video playback test.
In terms of the competition for compact gaming laptops, most of the systems at 13-inchs are also using the same Clevo W230ST which means that they will have similar performance when equipped with similar components. These systems include the CyberPower Xplorere X3-9100, iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 W230ST and Digital Storm Veloce. As mentioned earlier, the Origin is a bit unique in offering the three drive configuration which gives it a slight edge in storage performance. Outside of these similar systems, you get the larger 14-inch laptops. The Alienware 14 which is significantly larger and heavier but certainly more quiet and with a better keyboard. The Razer Blade 14 is more expensive but is much thinner and lighter. The big downside with the Razer though is its subpar display.