There might be such a nice line between high-finish gaming and professional laptops that you simply won’t be capable of inform them aside in any respect. Such is the case with the Origin EON17-X Pro (begins at $1,931; $3,one hundred fifty as examined), a mobile workstation that when it comes to look is virtually indistinguishable from Origin’s gaming machines, together with considered one of our present Editors’ Selection alternatives, the EON17-X 10 Series, however packs a hardware arsenal that higher positions it for the skilled crowd. Should you want a technically moveable system very best to be used in rendering graphics or video, and that perhaps also can deal with a few AAA games off-hours, the Pro won’t disappoint.
Design and Options
As talked about above, the EON17-X Pro makes use of the acquainted Origin 9 Collection chassis; for a full dialogue of this unit’s design and port allotment, which apart from one tiny derivation (our Pro takes benefit of the SD card option) are equivalent to these of the Origin EON17-X we reviewed in April of 2016, take a look at the sooner review. It is also value stating that the EON17-X Pro seems to be lots just like the 10 Collection, too—that laptop computer weighs a bit bit extra (9.91 kilos to this one’s 8.61 kilos), however it might take Sherlock Holmes fairly some time to suss out the opposite modifications between the fashions.
One notable departure for the 10 Collection, nevertheless, is clear the moment the Pro is powered on. Its 17.3-inch display has a decision of 1,920 by 1,080, in contrast to the 4K (3,480-by-2,one hundred sixty) screen on the 10 Collection. In a means, this appears backward; underneath most circumstances, it is at present higher to recreation at 1080p, because the bigger variety of pixels at 4K can tax even in the present day’s most strong video playing cards, notably at larger element settings. Artists, designers, and animators in want of the Pro’s prowess would in all probability profit extra from the upper decision. (You possibly can configure the Pro on Origin’s web site for a 4K display, although that may improve the machine’s value by greater than $300.)
In any other case, the elements are the place it is at for the Pro. One of many key fundamentals resembles one thing you’d see within the 10 Collection: its Intel Core i7-6700K processor, which is overclocked from 4.0 to 4.5GHz. Though that is a shopper processor, Origin selected a workstation-grade Nvidia Quadro M3000M for the discrete video card. Reminiscence and storage are one other story as properly. Our Pro is loaded with 64GB of memory, which is excess of even the toughest-core players are more likely to want, however is a boon for customers of great creation purposes (together with the likes of Adobe’s Photoshop or Premiere Pro). For housing the various information you create, there is a luxurious 1TB Samsung 960 Pro strong-state drive (SSD) that may guarantee extremely-fast loading for as many purposes as you’ll be able to cram onto it, and there is a 1TB 7,200rpm onerous drive on your different information.
Given its focus on velocity in any respect ranges, it is no shock that the Pro did extremely nicely on our benchmark checks, with scores of 4,032 on PCMark 8 Work Typical (which measures common productiveness efficiency) and 928 on the CineBench rendering check, and its occasions of 53 seconds on our HandBrake video encoding trial and 2 minutes, 20 seconds, on our Photoshop check. These all beat these of our earlier Editors’ Selection, the Dell Precision 15 5000 Series (5510), in addition to two different mobile workstations we have just lately, the HP ZBook Studio G3 and the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga, and the new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro.
The Quadro card and its related drivers usually are not optimized for gaming, so its outcomes look relatively much less spectacular in that space. To be clear, they’re good: 26,442 and 3,201 on the 3DMark Cloud Gate and Hearth Strike Excessive checks, 116 frames per second (fps) and 144fps respectively on our Heaven and Valley exams with the decision at 1,366 by 768 and graphics set to Medium, and 41fps and 46fps once we elevated the graphics setting to Extremely and the decision to 1,920 by 1,080p. Gaming laptops can do even higher (the 10 Collection, for instance, managed 33,646 and 9,709 on the 3DMark checks, and 133fps on Heaven and 128fps on Valley at 1080p), however for all however probably the most demanding skilled purposes, outcomes with the Quadro M3000M ought to be greater than adequate.
It is value mentioning, although, that you will have to make one commerce-off to get this efficiency. Though the Pro by no means runs utterly silent, when it is working underneath heavy load, its followers whir at distracting, even irritating ranges. To be truthful, this can be a grievance we ceaselessly have with laptops at this degree (we definitely did with the 10 Collection), nevertheless it might current a possible drawback, particularly when you work in shut quarters. In case your typical workday includes an entire lot of polygon crunching, you will need to have a superb pair of headphones round to drown out the din. (And perhaps purchase a pair in your neighbor, too.)
The Pro’s different main stumble, if one thing of an anticipated one, is its battery life. It lasted solely 2 hours, 24 minutes, on our rundown check—and that is with a big 87Wh battery. True, the Pro lasted longer than the 10 Collection (which managed solely 2:07), however the Dell 5510 hung on for greater than 5 hours, and it isn’t unusual to see mobile workstations get occasions of 6 hours or extra. (By means of comparability, the HP ZBook Studio G3’s time was 6:04, the time of the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga was 8:33, and the new MacBook Pro dropped out after 11:19.) If battery life is a serious concern for you, you’ll have to surrender some graphics or processing functionality to get it.
Should you’re prepared to forego some efficiency, we proceed to advocate the Dell Precision 15 5000 Collection (5510), which is smaller (0.66 by 14.06 by 9.27 inches, HWD), lighter (4.98 kilos), and fewer highly effective than the Origin EON17-X Pro, however has a nice 4K display, prices about $550 much less, and can nonetheless aid you have the ability to get loads of on a regular basis work executed. However typically once you want a knock-’em-lifeless mobile workstation, simply as with a gaming laptop computer, you need to surrender niceties like portability, battery life, and your listening to. If these are sacrifices you are prepared to make, the Pro will simply cowl you thru all method of intensive duties.