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Origin EON11-S Gaming Notebook Review - Keyboard, TouchPad, Screen and other User Interfaces

Origin EON11-S Gaming Notebook Review
We take a look at Origin's pint-sized EON11-S. This capable machine packs a quad-core CPU and 650M into an 11-inch chassis. Wow.
| Gaming Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:55 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Origin

Keyboard and TouchPad

 

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The EON11-S features the now-typical island-style keyboard. One of the usual problems when transitioning to a smaller system is that the keyboard becomes smaller, thus making it harder to type on. Switching to the EON11-S is no different and I feel that the system's keyboard could have been stretched a little bit to make the keys bigger.

 

Typing on the system does feel a bit cramped, though this will come with any system of this size. Other than this fact, the keys articulate very well. The typing experience is excellent and I was able to quickly adapt to the keyboard and not make many typos while typing this sentence.

 

I do, as always, wish that this keyboard was backlit, though I know that is asking a lot. They've already crammed so much computing power into this tiny chassis that asking for a backlit keyboard just seems plain rude, but I would have still liked to see this inclusion.

 

The keys are a bit grainy which helps with the tactile feel when typing. Additionally, the keys have a good amount of travel and bottom out without making too much noise, even when flying across the keys.

 

There is some small flex across the entirety of the keyboard, though not enough to cause any major issues when typing. The majority of the flex is beneath the space bar and WSAD keys, though I wouldn't recommend this system for the hardcore gamer.

 

The touchpad is a three-piece assembly. The touchpad portion and click buttons are three different pieces. The left and right click buttons are two separate pieces of smooth plastic, which is different that the surrounding rubberized texture.

 

The touch-sensitive area of the touchpad is slightly recessed in from the palm rests, though it continues the same texture that is on the palm rest. The only thing setting it apart is the ever-so-slight recessing. The touchpad has a nice feeling and isn't too sticky when trying to move the cursor.

 

 

Screen

 

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The 11.6-inch screen fitted by Origin to the EON11-S is a 1366x768 panel. While this resolution is the bane of my existence, trying to put a higher resolution on a screen this small would have caused text to become all but unreadable.

 

Viewing angles aren't the best, but they aren't horrible either. Moving vertically is the worst for the screen, with colors changing fair rapidly. Moving horizontally, the panel fares better, though it does shift colors as you move further out of line.

 

Colors are vibrant and seemingly well reproduced. Of course, no TN panel will ever be able to compete with an IPS on viewing angle or color reproduction. There shouldn't be any surprises when looking at pictures on the screen, and games look good.

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