Origin PC is one of the few boutique PC makers we’ve come to count on
for solid, if expensive, gaming systems over the past few years. But
those 15-inch and 17-inch models have been huge, even for midsize and
desktop replacement systems, with big, bulky bodies that required at a
padded backpack to carry around even semi-comfortably. Now the company
has announced a rare 13-inch gaming laptop, called the Eon13-S, which
promises great gaming in a much more portable package.
Previous portable gaming laptops, including the 14-inch Razer Blade and the 11-inch Alienware M11X,
have all required serious compromises despite their high prices, from
low-resolution screens to under-powered components. The just-announced
13-inch Eon13-S, at least on paper, sounds like it will be able to go
toe-to-toe with traditional big-bodied gaming laptops, as it features an
1,920×1,080 IPS display, CPUs from Intel’s new fourth-generation Core
i-series (also know by the codename Haswell), up to an Nvidia GeForce
GTX 765M graphics card, and room for three internal hard drives, which
can combine both platter and SSD drives.
Not having seen one in person yet, it’s hard to get an exact feel for
just how bulky the Eon13-S will be. In photos, it look like a thick
13-inch, about what a mainstream 13-inch laptop looked like a few years
ago before the ultrabook era. At 4.4 pounds, it’s just about the same
weight as a 13-inch
MacBook Pro (the thicker classic model, not the thinner Retina version).
Having had some excellent gaming PC experiences recently with systems such as the Dell XPS 27, Falcon Northwest Fragbox, and even the Razer Blade, we’re eager to test the Eon13-S as a more-portable alternative.
The Origin PC Eon13-S can be ordered starting today, and we’ll update
this story with price and configuration options when available.