Origin PC Evo 15-S (2017) Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

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The Origin PC Evo 15-S.

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Gaming laptops used to be thick. Chunky. Bulbous. 

Then there was the Razer Blade. By liberally borrowing from Apple’s MacBook Pro playbook, Razer built a gaming laptop that wasn’t nearly as thick. 

Now, with its Max-Q initiative, graphics chipmaker Nvidia has decided that such thin gaming laptops should be the norm, rather than the exception to the rule — and today’s Origin PC Evo 15-S($2,113.00 at Origin) is one of the first examples of Max-Q.

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At just 0.73 inches (18.5 mm) thick and weighing 4.3 pounds, this 15.6-inch aluminum laptop is nearly as thin and light as Razer’s latest Blade (0.70 mm, 4.1 lbs); only here, you’ve the option of a notably more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics chip instead of the GTX 1060 that Razer uses. 

And unlike the other Max-Q laptop we showed you the other day — the $2,700 (roughly £2,100 or AU$3,600) Asus Zephyrus with its lift-up base — this VR-ready machine probably won’t break the bank. 

Mind you, we’ve only spent a few minutes with this laptop so far, so it’s not clear exactly how well it performs, or if the final build quality will be anywhere close to the competition. Plus, Nvidia’s Max-Q 1070 may not be quite as powerful as the 1070 in a thicker laptop or a beefy desktop PC. 

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(It’s also worth noting that, as usual, Origin PC doesn’t make its own laptops: Though we like Origin’s service and support, you may be able to snag this Clevo P950HP6/Sager NP8952 from other outlets as well.)

It does feel like it might have a competent keyboard for a laptop this thin, though, and it’s neat to see an integrated fingerprint sensor in the touchpad. Plus, it’s got loads of ports: three USB 3.0 ports, two USB-C ports, an HDMI jack, two Mini DisplayPorts, a fold-out Ethernet jack and a full-side SD card reader in addition to 3.5 mm audio sockets. The company says it should support up to three monitors, and/or an Nvidia G-Sync one.

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Origin PC says the new Evo15-S (not to be confused with the previous model) is “coming very soon,” and should start at around US $1,800 for the GTX 1070 version, or US $1,600 for a GTX 1060. 

More specs and features:

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 
  • Optional 15.6-inch 4K UHD (3,840×2,160) or a FHD (1,920×1080) HD IPS display 
  • Up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 VR-Ready GPU
  • Up to 1x2TB m.2 PCIe and 1×2.5 inch 4TB HDD/SSD 
  • Up to 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
  • Built-in HD webcam
  • Windows 10 Creators Update
  • Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming 360
  • 2xUSB Type-C 3.1, 3xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, and a six-in-one push-push card reader
  • Backlit multicolor keyboard and optional custom paint
  • Includes free lifetime 24/7 US-based tech support
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