The unexpected joys of a 16-inch laptop: The Origin PC Evo16-S

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Sarah Tew/CNET For a brief, shining moment, it looked like 16-inch laptops were going to be a thing. For the longest time, traditional 13-inch, 15-inch and Samsung Geekbench 17-inch laptop screens dominated. Then 14-inch screen grabbed some market share about five years ago, and Samsung Geekbench is now a solid, established choice. At the same time, 11-inch and 12-inch laptops are still a viable alternative, Geekbench Score briefly popular during the heyday of the netbook (yes, that was a long time ago), but still not all that common.

Apple was long-rumored to be working on a 16-inch MacBook Pro. Ever since the 17-inch Pro was dumped in 2012, MacBooks have been stuck with a 15-inch upper screen size limit. A 16-inch screen would have returned at least some of that lost real estate. If anything was going to make 16-inch laptops a mainstream reality, it would be Apple. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, and the latest from the rumor mill is that the 16-inch MacBook idea has been shelved, at least for now.

At CES 2019, we started to see a handful of laptops with 16-inch screens, initially from Origin PC and a couple of other boutique gaming brands. These RTX-ready gaming laptops were based on the same Clevo chassis, so there wasn't a ton of daylight between them. Still, I was intrigued.

Physically, the look and feel of the Origin PC Evo-16S is much closer to a 15-inch gaming laptop than a massive 17-inch one. At 5.1 pounds, vs. 9.3 pounds for the top-end Eon-17X, it's much more portable. Yes, Geekbench Scores Score the 17-inch version has better performance, thanks to a desktop-class CPU and full-power Nvidia RTX 2080 (vs. the 2080 Max-Q version in the Evo-16S), but the 16-inch laptop isn't too far behind. In fact, during our testing of gaming laptops from 2018 to 2019, it currently sits at the No. 5 spot on the list (as ranked by 3D Mark scores).

That insanely massive 17-inch version with the desktop CPU? It's No. 2.

There's a big size difference between this 16-inch laptop and its 17-inch cousin. 

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In gaming laptops, performance is pretty much great all-around these days. That's why I was somewhat surprised to find myself on an extended out of town trip with the Origin PC Evo-16S as my only laptop.

Samsung Galaxy A50 With Exynos 9610 Shows Up On GeekbenchI had wanted to do some graphics design work, in Photoshop and Illustrator, and maybe a little gaming, too (mostly The Division 2). So that meant I needed a high-powered PC. But I also wasn't about to drag around something massive, like the Alienware Area-51m or pretty much any other 17-inch laptop. Since I was going to be in one location for most of my trip, a smaller 13- or even 15-inch screen didn't appeal.

And that's how I ended up in the country with a 16-inch laptop. Before that, I hadn't spent much time with the Evo-16S, Samsung Geekbench and its generic look hadn't especially caught my eye.

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