Gutsy gamer bytes

Jen­nifer DudleyNicholson

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

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.

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