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RAM? Or with three 512GB solid-state hard drives? Or dual 2GB graphics processing units, a powerful Blu-ray Disc burner and customised airbrush artwork on top?
In fact, you’d be hard pressed to make a case for its topof-the-line Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor with six cores, a speed of 3.33GHz and 12MB of L3 Cache, though it would be nice.
These options come at a price, though. This computing monster starts at $3799 and peaks at $18,779. One must also consider the size of this beast before purchase. The EON17 weighs 5.4kg and looks more like a VCR than a laptop.
But it is frighteningly good at what it was intended for. The review model Switched On tested had that high-end 3.33GHz processor, as well as 6GB RAM, more than a terabyte of storage and Windows 7 Home Premium. Though not the best $19,000 can buy, this model would blow away most laptops.
Want to open lots of programs at once? Easy. This computer won’t flinch. Need to ensure ping and lag time stays under control? This computer will sort you out.
With a graphics-rich game such as Tom Clancy’s HAWX2 loaded, the EON17 is at its most impressive. Its dual NVIDIA graphics processors not only power the on-screen action but also come with plenty of customisable options, from video colours to how 3D images look on the screen.
And that screen is impressive just by itself. The EON17 has a 17-inch LED-backlit, full high-definition display and gives gamers a reasonable canvas from which to work. Beast: The powerful Origin EON17.
This PC is also an overachiever when it comes to connections, with two USB 3.0 ports, three regular USB ports, HDMI In and HDMI Out, eSATA, Ethernet, memory card connections and more.
To most people, the thought of buying a 5kg laptop that costs several thousand dollars will not appeal. But Origin’s latest PC should win plenty of gaming fans.