Origin PC's Eon 17 gaming laptop can house a pair of new Nvidia graphics cards, six-core Intel desktop CPU

Summary:If you're tired of hearing about budget laptops, netbooks and tablets, Origin PC has a new notebook that is neither tiny nor value-priced. The new Eon 17 gaming rig can pack a pair of Nvidia's latest mobile graphics cards in SLI configuration as well as Intel's top desktop processors, and starts at a economy-be-damned price of $2,499.

If you're tired of hearing about budget laptops, netbooks and tablets, Origin PC has a new notebook that is neither tiny nor value-priced. The new Eon 17 gaming rig can pack a pair of Nvidia's latest mobile graphics cards in SLI configuration as well as Intel's top desktop processors, and starts at a economy-be-damned price of $2,499.

For those who don't mind their portable looking more like a brick and less like a digital sheet of paper, the Eon 17 is built around a 17.3-inch display with full 1080p resolution. The base model includes an Intel Core i7-930 quad-core desktop processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M graphics, though only a minuscule 250GB hard drive. You can stuff up to 24GB of RAM into the system -- for just $2,861 more -- along with up to three hard drives or solid state drives that can be placed in RAID 0, 1, or 5 configuration.

For $300 extra, you can grab a second 460M card to set up an SLI configuration. A jump up to a single 480M is $665, while a pair of 480Ms will set you back an additional $1,630. You can also drop more coin on an even beefier desktop processor, including the Core i7-970 six-core CPU for $720 or the Core i7-980X -- Intel's fastest desktop six-core chip -- for $843. The Eon 17 is also one of the rare laptops that feature both HDMI input and output, and also provides a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

You might also want to invest in a pair of dumbbells to pump up your biceps. This desktop-replacement behemoth weighs a muscle-straining 12.1 pounds with battery included.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Intel, Mobility, Processors, Tablets

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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