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Origin EON11-S Gaming Laptop Review

Updated on June 5, 2012

The Best Portable Gaming Laptop Of 2012?

Welcome to our exclusive review of the new Origin EON11-S Laptop which is set to become one of the best selling portable gaming computers on the market in 2012. Although in a small form factor don't be fooled by the power this little beauty can expel in terms of visual delight and eye retina candy. Packing an extremely powerful third generation Intel Core central processing unit (CPU), otherwise known as Ivy Bridge as well as a super impressive NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics chip set, you can be rest assured that this little beauty is the cream of the crop in it's niche and is set to dominate the portable gaming arena for months to come. Read on for my personal review of the Origin EON11-S as I delve into the more juicer aspects of this one of a kind portable gaming laptop that is set to take 2012 by the balls!

Origin CEO and co-founder Kevin Wasielewsk

"Everyone dreams of a laptop that is smaller, lighter, has a longer battery life and has the ability to play all of the latest PC games well. The EON11-S makes that dream a reality and without making any 'ultra-sacrifices.'"

Eon11-s gaming machine
Eon11-s gaming machine

Origin EON11-S Custom Gaming Laptop - Overview, Specifications & Features


Unlike many other brands of gaming notebook on the market, the Eon11-S comes in a variety of flavours depending on your budget. Practically every aspect of your purchase can be customised from the graphics chipset itself right down to the chasis you prefer to have you box of wonders cased in. In terms of processing power you have 3 options at hand, the Intel core i7, i5 or the B960. Hard drive storage, RAM, DVD or Bluray ( Bluray is an external option) options as well as even being able to opt in for a custom paint job make this little beauty of a laptop more appealing than anything else out there.

This 11 inch gaming beauty is one of a kind with no other product offering powerful gaming performance in a portable shell. The only other real contender to the Origin EON11-S is Dells Alienware MX11, which funnily enough is designed and created in large by some of the former employees of Alienware tech. Sadly the MX11 will be discontinued to make way for the Origin offering which is sure to upset many whilst at the same time excite those wanting something fresh.

The MX11 - Sadly to be discontinued :-(

Making way for the EON11-S!

The 6.5 hour battery life is quite impressive considering the power behind this little unit which is backed by NVIDIA'S Optimus technology. Weighing in under 4.5 pounds, the EON11-S can be customised on purchase in nearly every aspect with the company even offering custom paint jobs for those wanting something truly unique. All this new technology comes at a price with prices starting at $999. If you are serious about gaming on the go and don't want the headache of lugging around dumbbell of a laptop then you should consider seriously having a look at this wonder of gaming notebook.

Processor Options

Intel® Core™ i7-3612QM Processor (22nm, 2.10GHz, 6MB L3 cache)

Intel® Core™ i5-2520M Processor (32nm, 2.50GHz, 3MB L3 cache)

Intel® Pentium® B960 Processor (32nm, 2.20GHz, 2MB L3 cache)

Memory Options

Up to 16GB of DDR3 1333MHz and 1600MHz

Video Card Options

NVIDIA® GeForce GT 650M

Intel® HD Graphics (dependent on CPU)

Display Options

11.6" HD 1366x768 (16:9 Aspect Ratio)

Storage Options

Single Internal 2.5" 9.5mm HDD Slot

Up to 1TB - 5,400RPM

Up to 512GB SSD

Up to 500GB Hybrid - 7,200RPM

Optical Drive Options

External Blu-ray Reader/Writer

External DVD-R/RW


High Definition Audio

Built-in microphone

Built-in two speakers

THX TruStudio Pro

Network Adapters

Built-in 10/100/1000Mb Base-TX Ethernet LAN

Built-in Wireless LAN 802.11B/G/N + Bluetooth v4.0+LE Combo

Optional Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230(802.11a/g/n), Dual Band and Bluetooth 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 3.0+HS

Optional Built-In Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless N 1102 802.11 a/g/draft-n

Keyboard, Input Keys & Mice

Multi languages isolated keyboard

Built in touch pad with multi-gesture and scrolling function


1 x USB 2.0 port (1x powered USB port, AC/DC)

2 x USB 3.0 ports

1 x HDMI 1.4a output port(with HDCP)

1 x external VGA port

1 x RJ-45 LAN port

1 x DC-in jack

Audio Connectivity

1 x Headphone Jack

1 x Microphone jack

TV Tuner Option

External (USB) TV tuner

Media Card Reader

Built-In 9-in-1 Media Card Reader



Kensington® Lock

Intel ® Anti-Theft Technology

Customization & Personalization Options

Origin Custom or Personalized Top Cover Painting

Power & Battery

Full Range AC adapter, AC in 100~240V, 50~60Hz, DC output 19V, 4.74A, 90W

Removable 6 cells Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack, 62.16WH

Battery life : up to 410 minutes


Height: 0.5 - 1.4 inches

Width: 11.2 inches

Depth: 8.1 inches

Weight: 3.9 lbs with battery

Operating System Options

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-Bit

The Origin EON11-S 2012 Official Promo Video

Small but packs a punch!

"No other laptop of it's size can compete with the power on offer from the Eon11-S"

Custom Design To Suit Your Needs! - So many options to choose from...

Each EON11-S can be customized to suit your design needs starting with the screen panel itself as seen in the picture above. You have the choice of choosing between the standard Origin Logo panel & chassis for that classic look, red or black matt finish panel and chassis for those who dare to be bold or the more stylish pure silver offering that comes with a cool glossy finish for those wanting to be truly unique.

You can further customize your laptop by also having a custom paint job added for an extra cost. These include 3 pre custom paint jobs as well as the option to have a truly custom paint job with your imagination being the only limitation to your creativity! The 3 pre custom paint jobs include:

Solid Color - Glossy Finish

Colours include 3 solid finishes which include Glacier White, Eternal Pink or Origin Red. You also have a choice of Metallic finishes which include Pure Silver, Sabot Grey, Atmos Blue, Evolve Green & Horizon Yellow.

True Fire - Glossy Finish

Neurons - Glossy Finish

Introducing the new Intel Ivy Bridge!

Intel ivy bridge
Intel ivy bridge

Impressive processing power that comes packed inside the origin clevo gaming notebook! Whatever variation of the 3 processing options you choose you will have the ability to overclock speeds safely and efficiently to further harness more juice for your gaming needs!

Utilizing Turbo Boost & Hyper-Threading technologies the Intel chipset insures your gaming and multi task needs are fulfilled!

Eye Bleeding Graphics With The Nvidia GT 650M

In conjunction with the high definition 11.6 16.9 screen, the Nvidia chipset 650M insures you have the latest technology to run the most demanding of titles and applications. The Geforce GT 650 offers 5x more the power of previous iterations whilst also insuring battery consumption is kept to a minimal thanks to NVIDIA'S Optimus Technology that insures you get the most battery life from your nvidia 650m power laptop!

To get a clearer idea of how the new GT 650m compares to previous iterations of graphics card check out the official comparison chart below! (Keep an eye on our page in future as we intend to update it with a full eon11-s benchmark covering all aspects including a nvidia gt 650m review)

Another important feature that is evident due to the immense power on offer is the laptops ability to playback 3d Bluray. Not widely mentioned but considered an important feature, this welcome addition will please multi media buffs and gamers alike as the Eon11-S leaves no stone unturned. All this would not be possible if it were not for the Geforce GT 650m.

For those interested in reading into the exact specifications check out the spec sheet below and be blown away!

GPU Engine Specs:

384 coresCUDA Cores

850 MHz with DDR3/735MHz with GDDR5Graphics Clock (MHz)

Up to 27.2Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)

Memory Specs:

DDR3\GDDR5Memory Interface

128bitMemory Interface Width

Up to 64.0Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

Feature Support:


PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0Bus Support

YesCertified for Windows 7

DirectX 11, Optimus, PhysX, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision, CUDASupported Technologies

Display Support:

3840 x 2160Maximum Digital Resolution

Up to 2048x1536Maximum VGA Resolution



3D Vision Ready

Yes3D Blu-Ray

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      7 years ago

      @cheapmicrowave lm: I recently just got one of these, maxed out, mine did come with 16 gigs of vengeance ram at 1600mhz. Its blazing fast little machine. so far has ran every game I have thrown at it. Cooling has not been an issue as it copper intake and air flow system works wonders. I have noticed on games like xcom that is runs warm. I not sure if i am doing something wrong. but it plays.

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      8 years ago

      great job on your lens

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      Fcuk Hub 

      8 years ago

      This Origin EON11-S Gaming Laptop is a really piece of art :)

    • cheapmicrowave lm profile imageAUTHOR

      cheapmicrowave lm 

      8 years ago

      @dirk-vaberman: Hey Dirk! I am glad you like the lens :-) Thanks.

      Yeh I know what you mean about the graph, my mistake, just realised when you mentioned. As for RAM issue funnily enough all the models come as standard with 1333 mhz DDR3. I did notice this early on when making a purchase but I felt the need to leave it on the spec sheet as thought perhaps Origin were planning on offering further variations, but as of yet they haven't. I think I will remove this to avoid confusion, if origin do make an update I will then update the lens then, best that way. So you got one of these babies to? I upgraded from my MX11, really impressed, like you I feel the only negative point would be the toasting. A few nights back my laptop shutdown due to an intense gaming session in bed, nothing unusual as it happened few times with my MX11 and I guess happens with any laptop used on a material or surface that block airflow. I take it you went for the top of the range processor? Did you get a custom paint job?

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      8 years ago

      This is a great little piece on a great little laptop. There are quite few companies pushing Clevo-based laptops however - for example Maingear, Eurocom, Mythlogic and XoticPC all resell Clevo. So there are other options outside the Origin Eon-11. One other thing is the CPU on the unit is the 3612QM quad core, not the 3770 in your graph comparison, I think you know this as you have the correct spec higher in your lens. The memory is 1333 MHz DDR3. I have no idea why the 1600MHz is listed on their site as an option for this model as it does not ship with the 3612QM i7 Ivy Bridge chipset. Perhaps it is available with the two lower end processors? Anyway I like your lens a lot and in fact just picked up one of these little guys. One thing that worries is that the i7 / NVidia chipsets will get toasty and the unit sadly has the air intake on the bottom of the case, so watch out for using it in bed or on a surface that may impede the airflow from the bottom. Nice job on the article though.

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      cheapmicrowave lm 

      8 years ago

      @Bill Armstrong: Thanks! I am glad you like it ;-)

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      Bill Armstrong 

      8 years ago from Valencia, California

      Sweet first lens

    • cheapmicrowave lm profile imageAUTHOR

      cheapmicrowave lm 

      8 years ago

      @SadSquid: Macbook air laptops are great, I personally use one for work reasons but for gaming they don't cut the mustard in my opinion, especially in terms of flexibility and multimedia usage.

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      8 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Very Nice lens

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      8 years ago

      I've just bought a macbook air, but now wish I bought a gaming computer.

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      8 years ago

      @SoSimplyStephanie: Thanks Stephani, it is my first!

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      8 years ago

      @360flashing: The native resolution of the EON11-S is 720p. It does support full 1080p providing you have a display that support 1080p and output via HDMI :-)

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens! Do you know if it supports 1080p native or is it 720p?


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