Origin's new $999 laptop is for gamers on a budget

Custom PC maker Origin is going right after the budget crowd with its latest gaming laptop, the Eon15-S (opens in new tab). Starting at $999, Origin's latest packs in desktop-class graphics with an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti chip, along with Intel's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors.

As the name suggests, the Eon15-S sports a 15-inch 1080p IPS display. While the initial $999 starting configuration includes relatively low specs with an Intel Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM, the laptop can be outfitted with a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of M.2 SSD storage. You can even make your order a little more personal with a wide range of creatively named colors like Eternal Pink and Sabot Grey.

There are certainly better options out there, but given its starting price, the Eon15-S definitely isn't a bad starting point if you just want a game-ready PC you can take on the go. For more, you can check out and customize the Eon15-S at Origin.

See at Origin (opens in new tab)

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Am I the only person that gets annoyed at the marketing of computer prices?  It's not just Origin.  All PC makers sell devices "as low as $500," with "up to an i7, 2TB SSD, etc."  When you finally upgrade all the parts that make it a decent system, you're nowhere close to the "as low as" price. You can get this Origin gaming laptop for $999, but it comes with an i3, 8GB of RAM, and 120GB SSD.  If you're looking at anything decent, the price quickly jumps up to close to $1600 for just the "Origin recommended" specs. I do appreciate the customisations to the shell, though.  Some of those look pretty sweet.
  • 👊
  • This thing is for gamers on a budget? Really? For $1000 I can build a pretty good gaming PC that will blow this thing out of the water? Why would any "Gamer" with a $1000 budget buy this? Hell, dosen't Dell sell a laptop with better specs then this for a few hundred dollars cheapper? smdh  
  • Okay, I was curious about your claim as well so I checked out a few Dell systems.  Their XPS 13 with similar specs was $1050.  Main difference was the storage (120GB SSD on Origin, 500GB HDD/32GB SSD on XPS) and the size (15" versus small 13").  The Alienware 15 is meant to be a gaming system, and starts at $1200 for an i5, less GPU RAM (2GB instead of 4GB) and a 1TB HDD.  Upgraded to 256GB SSD puts it at $1300. So, for a gaming laptop, I guess the pricing is competitive.  But to your point, would a real "Gamer" go for a laptop, or opt for a desktop with more power and better options for KVM?
  • I think he was talking about the Inspiron 7000.
  • If you're looking for budget gaming laptops there's Dell Inspiron 15 7567, Acer VX15, Lenovo Legion Y520, HP Omen 15, etc.
  • Yeah, it's good to know there are alternatives out there.  I think much of the decision is based on brand trust.  Some people I know avoid Lenovo or HP.  Personally, I like Dell.  But a dedicated gaming system company like Origin could stand out to those avoiding big brands.
  • The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 starts at $749.  That gets you a i5 7300HQ, 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz, 1TB Hybrid HDD, and a GTX 1050.  The Origin Laptop starts at $999.  Now you do get a GTX 1050Ti for that but get down graded to i3 7100HQ, DDR4 2133MHz, and a 120GB SSD all for an extra $250.  No, if you are on a budget and want a Laptop that you can do some gaming on then the Dell is clearly the way to go here. 
  • Valid comparision system.  Dell wins on the processor (4 core vs. 2 HT core), RAM speed, and storage size.  Origin wins on storage speed and graphics.  I would wonder if the complete package is better on Origin or Dell, as a single bottleneck would make the performance appear worse on a better system.
  • Agree !
  • For gaming on a budget, a laptop is hardly the way to go. For the best bang for buck, look no further than the PC Master Race builds wiki page (almost always up-to-date) at https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/wiki/builds (this takes a lot of the guesswork out of building a great PC)
  • this is not for gamers on a budget. You can find better specc'd laptops out there for around the same price. I believe MSI (as adorama on ebay) was selling one with a gtx 1060 for 860 (the 3gb variant and with a slower HDD, but you can toss a 512gb for another 130 dollars, so nbd) just recently. This is a terrible deal...
  • You can buy one if you desperately need a laptop but stay away from laptops which use Optimus technology.Optimus is still broken on win10.