Keyboard and TouchPad
The EON17-S has a keyboard that attempts to emulate the island-style keyboard without actually being an island-style keyboard. As you can see in the picture above, the keys do not have any space in between them. Instead, the caps are raised in the middle to give the appearance of an island-style keyboard.
While it isn't an island-style keyboard, I'm still able to type accurately and with good pace. The keyboard is comfortable and provides a nice typing experience.
The keyboard also comes with a customizable backlight. The backlight can be changed through a range of colors and set to do different actions. It can pulse, rainbow, waterfall, and numerous other cool effects. During testing, I had the backlight set to a rainbow color scheme with the each zone of color a different color of the rainbow.
The keys have a good amount of travel and bottom out without making too much noise, even when flying across the keys. They feature a very mild grainy texture. There seems to be no flex across the entire keyboard, a good sign of the system's build quality. The keys should be able to take a pounding without failing.
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 textured plastic, which is different that the surrounding brushed aluminum texture. The left and right click are separated by a fingerprint reader in the middle.
The touch-sensitive area of the touchpad has a slightly different texture than the surrounding material and is marginally less "sticky." This allows your finger to move easier when trying to move the cursor.
The 17.3-inch screen fitted by Origin to the EON17-S is a 1920x1080 panel. The system looks good with a full HD 1080p panel and provides plenty of desktop space when not gaming. The 680M is capable of pushing games in the panel's native resolution.
Viewing angles aren't the best, but they aren't horrible either. Moving vertically is the worst for the screen, with colors changing fairly rapidly. When moving horizontally the panel fares quite a bit better, with colors staying approximately the same until far from center.
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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