Let's try and take what we've seen today and draw it into some easily understandable conclusions. It will then be easier to decide whether or not the EON17-S is worth your time to look at.
Hands down, the EON17-S is the fastest laptop we've had come through our labs. None of the other systems that we've benchmarked even come close to what our review model is capable of. With a starting price of just over $1,500, it's worth looking at the EON17-S, if you're looking for a big gaming system.
Some of the tests have shown that the EON17-S may not be the best office computer. If you're looking for something to do Word and Excel, you're better off looking at a different model. College students in the engineering field would benefit from the GPU and CPU capabilities and reduced space.
It's a great option for those looking to go to LAN parties without having to tote a 30-pound+ system and screen. It performs better than the desktop system I use and doesn't cost much too much more. It also has the benefit of being portable.
The 1920x1080 screen provides plenty of room for school, work and play. The keyboard is more than adequate for those who will be doing lots of typing or gaming. The backlight makes it especially useful for dark LAN parties and dark lecture halls. Video editing and other uses that use large files will benefit from the ability to have SSDs in RAID 0 along with a third drive for mass storage. Programs, and current working files, can be stored on the super-fast RAID array and then moved to mass storage when completed. Just be sure to keep a backup of important data as if one of those drives in the array happen to die, your data is gone.
The weight and portability of the machine is actually quite a bit better than you would expect from a machine of this performance level. Coupled with decent battery life, this system can be used on the road without too much hassle.
Looking into the actual price tag of this machine, it becomes a bit more difficult to justify. $3600 is a lot of money to put down on a laptop. The nice thing about buying an absolutely top-of-the-line system such as this one is that it won't require upgrading next year to be able to play the latest games.
When you take into account the performance shown was around double that of the next highest-performing machine, the value really starts becoming apparent. The price tag is also, surprisingly, only about double the next closest machine. Normally to get into this top-tier of performance, you end up paying a bit extra, a "luxury tax" of sorts. The performance level doesn't usually increase in a linear manner with price. In this case, however, it has done just about that.
It's undeniable that the EON17-S is the highest performance laptop to come through the TweakTown labs. Because of that, it's being awarded with our Performance Award. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.