Acer Predator – CES 2017

It’s the New Year, and while people around the world are suddenly cutting carbs, picking up a musical instrument for the first time or learning how to speak Mandarin, serious technophiles have other things in mind. Forget resolutions, the 2017 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show has happened and all the latest and greatest innovations in audio, video, gaming and more have been revealed.

CES 2017 ran wild on Las Vegas from January 5-8 and it had a little something for everybody. However, serious PC gamers (with serious cash flows) may be particularly interested in the latest from Acer’s Predator line of gaming machines.

When I say serious, I mean it – the Acer Predator 21 X checks in with a $9000 price tag. But if you’re a part of the laptop crowd and you’re looking for a new rig to jump into the world of VR gaming, Acer has you covered. You’ll probably even be able to forgo the new gym membership if you’re lugging it around; the Predator 21 X is just under 20 pounds. Can’t wait to have this baby in my Toronto Condo!

Nevertheless, it’s worth its weight in pure performance.

According to the Taiwanese tech giant, the Predator 21 X will help you “Go beyond the horizon to discover the world of curve. A world that bends and pulls you in to experience top-tier gaming.” That may me marketing mumbo-jumbo, but this laptop has the specs to back it up.

The machine has an overclockable seventh generation Intel Core Kaby Lake i7-7820HK processor with 64 gigs of DDR4-2400 RAM, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, two power supplies, five internal fans, nine heat pipes, an array of speakers and subwoofers, an SD card reader, one HDMI port and two display ports.

Speaking of displays, the Predator 21 X also has a 21-inch 2000R curved display with NVIDIA G-Sync and boasts a 2560 x 1080 pixel resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate with an aspect ratio of 21:9. In other words, just the kind of screen you want to have while you’re putting the beatdown on baddies in Destiny 2 or Final Fantasy XIV.

If you’re getting a new laptop exclusively for virtual reality purposes, the Predator 21 X also has Tobii eye tracking, so others can watch your vision go into overload as it struggles to cope with a new level of immersion.

Even the mechanical keyboard will stimulate the senses with its Cherry MX switches and RGB LED-infused keys.

Acer’s creation seriously looks like something out of science fiction. Just the kind of tech that would be right at home in the hands of Master Chief as he does battle with the Covenant or Jeremy Diamond as he reconfigures the warp drive aboard Enterprise-D.

Now, according to Gizmodo, you could probably build a similarly powerful machine for more than a few dollars less. However, if you’re looking for style points in your gaming exploits and have thousands of dollars laying around, Acer’s technological terror is the way to go.

The Acer Predator 21 X is scheduled for release in February.