Man within the center: The sudden joys of a 16-inch laptop computer



The Origin PC Evo16-S.

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For a quick, shining second, it regarded like 16-inch laptops have been going to be a factor. For the longest time, conventional 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch laptop computer screens dominated. Then 14-inch display screen grabbed some market share about 5 years in the past, and is now a strong, established selection. On the similar time, 11-inch and 12-inch laptops are nonetheless a viable different, briefly standard in the course of the heyday of the netbook (sure, that was a very long time in the past), however nonetheless not all that frequent.

Apple was long-rumored to be engaged on a 16-inch MacBook Professional. Ever for the reason that 17-inch Professional was dumped in 2012, MacBooks have been caught with a 15-inch higher display screen measurement restrict. A 16-inch display screen would have returned a minimum of a few of that misplaced actual property. If something was going to make 16-inch laptops a mainstream actuality, it might be Apple. Sadly, it was not meant to be, and the most recent from the rumor mill is that the 16-inch MacBook thought has been shelved, a minimum of for now.

At CES 2019, we began to see a handful of laptops with 16-inch screens, initially from Origin PC and a few different boutique gaming manufacturers. These RTX-ready gaming laptops have been primarily based on the identical Clevo chassis, so there wasn’t a ton of daylight between them. Nonetheless, I used to be intrigued.

Bodily, the feel and appear of the Origin PC Evo-16S is far nearer to a 15-inch gaming laptop computer than a large 17-inch one. At 5.1 kilos, vs. 9.Three kilos for the top-end Eon-17X, it is way more transportable. Sure, the 17-inch model has higher efficiency, because of a desktop-class CPU and full-power Nvidia RTX 2080 (vs. the 2080 Max-Q model within the Evo-16S), however the 16-inch laptop computer is not too far behind. In truth, throughout our testing of gaming laptops from 2018 to 2019, it presently sits on the No. 5 spot on the listing (as ranked by 3D Mark scores).

That insanely huge 17-inch model with the desktop CPU? It is No. 2.


There is a large measurement distinction between this 16-inch laptop computer and its 17-inch cousin. 

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Street journey laptop computer

In gaming laptops, efficiency is just about nice all-around as of late. That is why I used to be considerably stunned to search out myself on an prolonged out of city journey with the Origin PC Evo-16S as my solely laptop computer.

I had needed to do some graphics design work, in Photoshop and Illustrator, and possibly just a little gaming, too (principally The Division 2). In order that meant I wanted a high-powered PC. However I additionally wasn’t about to tug round one thing huge, just like the Alienware Space-51m or just about every other 17-inch laptop computer. Since I used to be going to be in a single location for many of my journey, a smaller 13- and even 15-inch display screen did not enchantment.

And that is how I ended up within the nation with a 16-inch laptop computer. Earlier than that, I hadn’t spent a lot time with the Evo-16S, and its generic look hadn’t particularly caught my eye.

However in apply, I shortly warmed to its cautious steadiness of display screen measurement, portability and energy. The marginally larger 16-inch show felt generously sized, and shut sufficient to a 17-inch one which it was excellent for designing and gaming. It isn’t daily that you simply’d discover a 16-inch gaming laptop computer hitting your power-plus-portability candy spot, however on this particular occasion, it labored for me.

Probably the most notable demerits have been the general generic design and the generally overactive keyboard backlights, which are not intuitive sufficient to wrestle into submission with out placing in some trial-and-error.

The model examined right here configures at $2,800, and the Evo-16S begins at round $1,800. The corporate has an Australian website, however would not supply the 16-inch laptop computer there at the moment. Origin PC would not have a UK website, however our check configuration value converts to roughly £2,100. Notice that transport one from the US could also be prohibitively costly.

Within the charts beneath, I in contrast the 16-inch and 17-inch Origin PC gaming laptops, together with an additionally glorious 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y740-15. This aptly demonstrates what you’ll be able to anticipate going from an Nvidia RTX 2070 to a 2080 (each Max-Q variations), then maxing it out with a full RTX 2080 and a desktop CPU.

With Apple out of the image for now, it appears unlikely the concept of a 16-inch laptop computer goes to take off anytime quickly. However having used one extensively for a few weeks, it isn’t a horrible thought in any respect.

Geekbench 4 (multicore)


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Fireplace Strike Extremely


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Port Royal (RTX)


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Far Cry 5 (fps)


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

Origin PC Eon-17X Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-9900Ok; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM3GHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080; 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Origin PC Evo-16S Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design; 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Lenovo Legion Y740-15 Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD


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