The 15-inch system features a 1,920 x 1,080 IPS panel, which sneaks into a chassis that’s just .69 inches thick when closed. The system also weighs just 3.96 pounds as configured, which puts it into competition weight-wise with 15-inch laptops that are not intended for gaming. While Origin recently moved to custom enclosures for its desktop systems, we have not seen the same trend on the laptops, which tend to share a chassis with other custom gaming manufacturers.
There is nothing too surprising under the hood. The system is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a Skylake chip instead of the more recent Kaby Lake CPUs slowly making their way into laptops. It is paired up with 16GB of 2,400MHz DDR4 memory in a dual-channel kit, which likely limits your ability to upgrade it later.
For storage, Origin includes both a 256GB PCIe-equipped SSD for operating system and games, with a 2TB mechanical drive for extra storage, should you need it.
The star of the show is the GTX 1060 that powers the graphical pursuits. While we have not done any formal comparisons between the desktop and mobile cards, we did find the GTX 1070 performed incredibly well, even compared to the previous generation’s mobile GTX 980.
Origin says the new EVO-15S will start at $2,083, although it is not clear whether the specifications listed above are the base model. There are also a slew of custom etching and paint job options, which may escalate the price further without improving on performance.
Whichever configuration you land on, Origin will back you up with lifetime technical support, a trademark of high-end custom gaming PC brands. The EVO-15S should be available from Origin PC’s landing page.