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Origin EON 11-S Review: Successor To The Mobile Gaming Throne

Author: Matt Smith
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Origin

Performance - Competition, Processor, Hard Drive

 

Performance - Competitors
 
A small gaming laptop such as this straddles the line between its larger brethren and multimedia laptops that just happen to have a powerful GPU. There’s no doubt that the EON11-S is built for gaming, yet the restrictions its size places on hardware inevitably results in a laptop that could be matched by alternatives not explicitly built for gaming.
 
The competition I’ve chosen varies as a result. Lenovo’s Y480 and the ASUS N56VM, which include the GT 640M LE and GT 630M respectively, represents the kind of graphics capability you’ll find in a typical multimedia laptop with discrete graphics added on (the Origin EON11-S is ironically also representative of that – some multimedia laptops are sold with the GT 650M).
 
From the gaming stable we have the ASUS G75V, which features an Nvidia GTX 670M. That’s serious gaming hardware and it will be interesting to see how much quicker the GTX 670M is than the GT 650M.
 
Processor Performance
 
As always we start off with a pair of SiSoft Sandra benchmarks. We’re not expecting any surprises here because we’ve tested the processor found in this laptop, the Core i7-3720QM, several times before. Does it act as expected?
 
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Yeeeep…that’s an Ivy Bridge mobile quad, alright. Though if you look closely you will notice that the EON11-S is ever-so-slightly slower than the ASUS G75V and ASUS N56VM, both of which have the same processor. In the Multimedia benchmark the EON11-S is even slower than the Y480’s Core i7-3610QM. 
 
Does this mean the EON11-S will simply be slower overall? Let’s refer to 7-Zip and Peacekeeper to see what they say.
 
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In 7-zip this tiny wonder actually shows itself to be entirely competitive with the others, beating the N56VM and Y480 and playing ball with the G75V. The Core i7-3720QM doesn’t seem to be mind having less space to stretch its legs.
 
Peacekeeper has nothing different to say. All of the laptops provide similar performance give or take a hundred points here or there. And all of the laptops easily qualify as the best we’ve ever tested. 
 
Application Performance
 
We temper our synthetic CPU results with two real-world applications that are commonly used. The first of these is Windows Live Movie Maker, the free video editing software from Microsoft that can be used to create simple home movies. We test performance by seeing how long it takes the application to encode and save a video clip to a 1080p .WMV file.
 
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Once again all of the laptops are close, though the margin between them is not insignificant. The ASUS G75V once again proves to be the quickest of the mobile quad core processors while the Origin EON11-S lags slightly behind, coming closer to the Core i7-3610QM powered Y480.
 
Next up with have Sunlit Green BatchBlitz. This free batch editing software relies on the processor but isn’t perfectly optimized for multiple threads. Which is why I like to use it – a lot of programs rely just as much on clock speed, or are optimized somewhere in-between. 
 
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The results here are very tight – all of the Core i7-3720QM laptops perform nearly the same. Only the Y480 and its slower 3610QM is left behind. 
 
Performance – Hard Drive
 
Our Origin EON11-S review unit arrived with a 256GB Samsung Series 830 solid state drive. Priced at $259 it is much less expensive than the optional Intel Series 520 and Crucial M4. Does this mean it’s only a so-so performer or is this Samsung drive a bargain?
 
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The N56VM and Y480 have mechanical hard drives and have little hope of keeping up with the Origin EON11-S, but the ASUS G75V we received had a solid state drive made by … Lite-On, perhaps better known for its cheap optical drives on Newegg. ATTO makes it clear that the Samsung drive is quicker overall by a fair margin, particularly when writing data.
Does HD Tune confirm these results?
 
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Yes, it does. Overall average transfer speed is quicker on the Samsung 830 SSD than on the Lite-On available in the ASUS G75V, while both offer the same super-low access times. This does not mean that the Samsung 830 is better than the other drive options for the EON11-S, but as I do not have those, I can’t test them. If you want a better perspective on the Samsung 830 you should read Allyn’s full review of the product.
July 18, 2012 | 04:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nice last gen screen.

July 19, 2012 | 04:45 PM - Posted by Matt Smith

Er...there is no such a thing as a "last gen" screen.

July 19, 2012 | 11:13 PM - Posted by eastbayrae

Okay, how about a screen that was out 2 or more years ago? That panel should be at least 900p or 1080p. If Asus can put one a 13" Ultrabook, then I see no reason these guys couldn't do the same.

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July 19, 2012 | 10:52 AM - Posted by jedibeeftrix (not verified)

i don't suppose some enterpising ODM will bring out a version of this chassis sporting an AMD A10-4655M APU?

July 19, 2012 | 04:45 PM - Posted by Matt Smith

No, probably not. I'm curious why you'd want that? It would be awful thick for a laptop with a 17w part.

July 19, 2012 | 06:19 PM - Posted by sotoa

Good timing on the article. Thank you for that.
I'm guessing this has Optimus switchable graphics.
I was looking for a tiny gaming laptop, but this still doesn't quite meet what I have in mind.
BTW, I'm 6'2" but my hands aren't chunky, so the keyboard would be more than fine for me.

July 20, 2012 | 10:01 AM - Posted by J_hernandez (not verified)

"is this a good laptop? No" = GOLD AWARD!.... huh? this makes no sence to me

July 20, 2012 | 11:57 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"My personal solution to gaming on the go was to buy a Nintendo DS"
WHAT?!?!
"I review super cars for a living but I prefer a Prius"

July 22, 2012 | 02:58 PM - Posted by Micah Ganske (not verified)

I just got a version of this laptop from XoticPC and I'll add some information to the mix.

First, there aren't a lot of options out there if you want something truly messenger-bag-portable and need to do pretty heavy 3D modeling and gaming while out and about. I had an M11x R2 and this is a pound lighter with triple the performance. The keyboard is small but I'm 6'5" and have adjusted to the size. It's not ideal, but a necessary evil for extreme portability.

The screen is not great, but if you get the matte option that most resellers are offering it's not bad and a HUGE improvement from the M11x. The panels have similar properties, but the M11x was super glossy with an extra glossy panel of plastic a few millimeters above the actual LCD. So even if you put a matte protector on the top plastic, you'd see double reflections in bright light. Terrible. The w110er with a matte option is pretty usable.

The power supply is huge, but you can find 120w ultraportable power supplies. I bought a Kensington for $40 on Amazon but everyone seems to be sold out of that one now.

Finally, the bios used in these laptops is pretty throttle-happy with the nvidia gpu active. If you download Throttlestop you can seriously increase your performance in a lot of games and 3D intensive apps though: http://forum.notebookreview.com/hardware-components-aftermarket-upgrades...

It's a fantastic machine with caveats. All in all, I'm quite happy with it.

July 23, 2012 | 10:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'd say the Eourocom Version is way better, It's cheaper and gives you better upgrades " glossy to matte screen". The Eourocom version even let's you put the $1000 unlocked Ivybridge CPU version of this little beast. I personally liked the version I said, also because you can buy it withought an Os so It's cheaper.

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