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Origin EVO17-S Gaming Laptop Review

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Purchasing an Origin PC, be it a desktop or laptop, is a “boutique” experience. Throughout the entire process, you are in complete control over the components, colors, the finish, and you even have the option to have your computer shipped in a big wooden crate. A crate that requires a power tool to crack open (see below). I’m reviewing the company’s EVO17-S (See it at OriginPC.com), which falls into the its “thin and light” product lineup. It’s similar to the EVO15-S I tested earlier this year, but bigger and more powerful.

Here are the specifications of the Origin EVO-17S I am evaluating:

  • Model: Origin EVO17-S (Model: EVO-17S)
  • Display: 17.3-inch 144Hz FHD IPS with G-Sync (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H at 2.2 Ghz (9M Cache, up to 4.10 GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Storage: 500GB PCIe SSD, 2TB HDD (5400RPM)
  • Webcam: 1080p HD
  • Ports: 1 x USB-C, 2 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 2 x MiniDisplay Port, 1 x 3.5mm audio in, 1 x 3.5mm audio out, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet port, 1 x SD card reader
  • Connectivity: 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dimensions: 16.4 x 11.2 x .98-inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Price: $2,288 as configured

Origin EVO17-S Gaming Laptop – Design and Features

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Origin offers several different colors for the backside of the lid. The white lid on my review unit is unapologetically bright and seemed to stay clean during my time with it, but it adds $175 to the cost of the laptop. Other color options range from red with flames to custom paint jobs that require a consultation with the Origin team to receive a quote.

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When you open the lid, you’re greeted with a 17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz display, a full-sized keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, and a trackpad with a fingerprint reader tucked into the top-left corner. Just under the display, in-between the hinges, is a raised shark fin-like design that wraps around to the bottom of the laptop, and goes from gray to red, that breaks up the otherwise boring LCD housing.

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I’ve never been a fan of placing fingerprint readers in a laptop’s trackpad. The small cutout for the reader gets in the way when  I would just drag my finger around sometimes, especially when I was dragging documents to the Recycle Bin. However, gamers will likely use a dedicated mouse, so the fingerprint reader is a convenient feature to have that likely won’t impact usability very much.

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