Origin's new range of EVO15-S gaming notebooks pack power in a slimline form factor

Gaming-grade notebooks are known to be the least portable member of the ‘portable’ notebook fraternity, or sorority. Sure you can pick them up and take them with you, but they tend to be pretty thick, pretty broad and pretty heavy, and the battery life is rarely great. Origin PC is looking to fix at least some of that with its new EVO15-S notebook range, which offers powerful hardware in a surprisingly slim package.

Measuring just 0.78 inches deep at its thickest point and as little as 4.2 pounds, the new Origin system is still powerful, despite its diminutive size. Within its slimline exterior, Origin has packed a sixth-generation, Core i7-6700HQ CPU, as well as 16GB of DDR4 running at 2,133MHz, twin 128GB M.2 SSD in a RAID 0 configuration for maximum throughput, and a dedicated Nvidia GTX 970 gaming GPU with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5.

If all that wasn’t enough, there’s even a one-terabyte storage drive to keep everything that doesn’t need uber-fast SSD access, and the battery is said to last up to four hours.

Related: Origin updates notebook lineup with Skylake hardware

It’s not all pre-packaged though, and there are some choices left to you when it comes to selecting an EVO15-S. For starters, there are two options for displays: 1080p, or 4K, both of which are 15 inches diagonally and we’re told can run at 60 frames per second without difficulty on the internal hardware.

While that will be dependent on the type of game being played, it’s good to know that Origin feels the system is capable of delivering the minimum standard for PC smooth play.

Other options include a choice of operating system, with Windows 7, through 8.1 and Windows 10 Home/Professional all possible. The case too can be tweaked to your preference, with options for various colors, custom paint jobs and etching.

Whichever one you pick though, the Origin EVO-S comes with an anti-ghosting backlit keyboard, support for Creative’s Sound Blaster Cinema 2 with a 2.1 speaker system, an on-board Killer E2400 LAN port, USB type-C ports, a media card reader, a two-year part replacement and shipping warranty, and lifetime labor support.

The Origin EVO15-S is available now from the official store, starting at $2,271.

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