Such is the case with the Origin EON17-X Pro, a mobile workstation that in terms of appearance is practically indistinguishable from Origin’s gaming machines, including one of our current Editors’ Choice selections, the EON17-X 10 Series, but packs a hardware arsenal that better positions it for the professional crowd. If you need a technically portable system ideal for use in rendering graphics or video, and that maybe can also handle a couple of AAA games off-hours, the Pro will not disappoint.
Design and Features
As mentioned above, the EON17-X Pro uses the familiar Origin 9 Series chassis; for a full discussion of this unit’s design and port allotment, which except for one tiny derivation (our Pro takes advantage of the SD card option) are identical to those of the Origin EON17-X we reviewed in April of 2016, check out the earlier review. It’s also worth pointing out that the EON17-X Pro looks a lot like the 10 Series, too—that laptop weighs a little bit more (9.91 pounds to this one’s 8.61 pounds), but it would take Sherlock Holmes quite a while to suss out the other changes between the models.
One notable departure for the 10 Series, however, is evident the instant the Pro is powered on. Its 17.3-inch display has a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, unlike the 4K (3,480-by-2,160) screen on the 10 Series. In a way, this seems backward; under most circumstances, it’s currently better to game at 1080p, as the larger number of pixels at 4K can tax even today’s most robust video cards, particularly at higher detail settings. Artists, designers, and animators in need of the Pro’s prowess would probably benefit more from the higher resolution. (You can configure the Pro on Origin’s website for a 4K display, though that will increase the machine’s cost by more than $300.)
Otherwise, the components are where it’s at for the Pro. One of the key basics resembles something you’d see in the 10 Series: its Intel Core i7-6700K processor, which is overclocked from 4.0 to 4.5GHz. Although that’s a consumer processor, Origin chose a workstation-grade Nvidia Quadro M3000M for the discrete video card. Memory and storage are another story as well. Our Pro is loaded with 64GB of memory, which is far more than even the hardest-core gamers are likely to need, but is a boon for users of serious creation applications (including the likes of Adobe’s Photoshop or Premiere Pro). For housing the many files you create, there’s a luxurious 1TB Samsung 960 Pro$370.26 at Amazon solid-state drive (SSD) that will ensure ultra-quick loading for as many applications as you can cram onto it, and there’s a 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive for your other files.
Given its focus on speed at all levels, it’s no surprise that the Pro did incredibly well on our benchmark tests, with scores of 4,032 on PCMark 8 Work Conventional (which measures general productivity performance) and 928 on the CineBench rendering test, and its times of 53 seconds on our HandBrake video encoding trial and 2 minutes, 20 seconds, on our Photoshop test.
The Quadro card and its associated drivers are not optimized for gaming, so its results look rather less impressive in that area. To be clear, they’re good: 26,442 and 3,201 on the 3DMark Cloud Gate and Fire Strike Extreme tests, 116 frames per second (fps) and 144fps respectively on our Heaven and Valley tests with the resolution at 1,366 by 768 and graphics set to Medium, and 41fps and 46fps when we increased the graphics setting to Ultra and the resolution to 1,920 by 1,080p. Gaming laptops can do even better (the 10 Series, for example, managed 33,646 and 9,709 on the 3DMark tests, and 133fps on Heaven and 128fps on Valley at 1080p), but for all but the most demanding professional applications, results with the Quadro M3000M should be more than sufficient.
The Pro’s other major stumble, if something of an expected one, is its battery life. It lasted only 2 hours, 24 minutes, on our rundown test—and that’s with a large 87Wh battery. True, the Pro lasted longer than the 10 Series (which managed only 2:07), but the Dell 5510 hung on for more than 5 hours, and it’s not uncommon to see mobile workstations get times of 6 hours or more.
SPECIFICATIONS DATA For Origin EON17-X Pro
Processor Name: Intel Core i7-6700K
Processor Speed: 4.5 GHz
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
RAM: 64 GB
Graphics Card: Matrox M9188
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 2 TB
Screen Size: 17.3 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Weight: 8.61 lbs
Screen Type: Standard
Storage Type: HDD, SSD
Rotation Speed: SSD
Networking Options: 802.11ac (2.4+5.0 GHz Dual-band)
Wireless Display Capability (WiDi): Yes
Battery Rundown: 2:24
PCMark 8 – Work Conventional: 4,032
3DMark – Cloud Gate: 26,442
3DMark – Fire Strike Extreme: 3,201
Heaven 4.0 – Medium Quality – 1366 x 768 – Off: 116
Heaven 4.0 – Ultra Quality – Native – 4X: 41
Valley 1.0 – Medium Quality – 1366 x 768 – Off: 144
Valley 1.0 – Ultra Quality – Native 4X: 46
Handbrake 0.9.9: 0:53 min:sec
CineBench R15: 928
Photoshop CS6 Multimedia Tests: 2:20 min:sec
Valley 1.0 – Ultra Quality – Native 4X 46
Valley 1.0 – Medium Quality – 1366 x 768 – Off 144
Handbrake 0.9.9 0:53
Heaven 4.0 – Ultra Quality – Native – 4X 41
Heaven 4.0 – Medium Quality – 1366 x 768 – Off 116
Battery Rundown 2:24
Photoshop CS6 Multimedia Tests 2:20
3DMark – Fire Strike Extreme 3,201
CineBench R15 928
PCMark 8 – Work Conventional 4,032
3DMark – Cloud Gate 26,442
STARTING CONFIGURATION PRICE
Origin PC $1,931.00