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Acer Predator 21X Redefines the Gaming Laptop

The Acer Predator 21X, the first curved screen laptop, aims to redefine what it means to be a gaming laptop.

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Acer Predator 21X Redefines the Gaming Laptop

In the past you have always had to sacrifice a little power if you wanted to go with a gaming laptop instead of a desktop, but now thanks to the NVIDIA GTX10-series, laptop manufacturers can install desktop graphics into a laptop, making a high-end gaming laptop even more attractive than ever before.

Now, Acer is the first to try and redefine the gaming laptop category with its Acer Predator 21X, the first laptop to come with a curved screen. The laptop was announced during its presentation at IDC 2016, the annual conference held in Berlin.

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From its press release, “The Predator 21 X takes the flagship spot in Acer’s gaming notebook series and is advanced beyond anything on the market today. It’s the world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080), and when combined with wide-angle viewing, it delivers a truly immersive gaming experience. To bring gameplay immersion to the next level, the notebook also integrates Tobii eye-tracking technology for a new method of control that’s more intuitive and natural. Built-in eye-tracking hardware (infrared sensors and software) unlocks a completely new facet in gaming. By tracking a gamer’s eye with software, the notebook introduces new interactions like aiming, identifying enemies and taking cover simply by gazing at objects on the screen. Eye tracking also enhances the experience by providing infinite views whilst navigating treacherous paths and roads in a game.”

Featuring an Intel i7 processor and powered by dual GTX10-series graphics chips, this laptop has enough power to handle even the very latest games at high settings and will even handle VR technology as well.

While this new gaming behemoth is technically a laptop, the 21-inch screen and the powerful architecture does make it rather heavy and bulky. Still, if you want a portable gaming machine that can match any high end desktop out there, this is still the best option for you.

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It even includes a full size keyboard with a numberic keypad that pops out to reveal a trackpad. They keys are full size and comfortable and feature a customizable color backlight, a feature that all gamers have come to expect in their high end devices. In order to cool this giant laptop, there are 5 fans, one of which is visible on the glass cover. While there is no word on what you can and can’t upgrade, it is safe to assume that you will only be able to upgrade the hard drives and the RAM, much like any other laptop out there.

Currently, Acer has not released any pricing details about this laptop, although you can expect it to cost a pretty penny when you consider the high end tech that has gone into making this one. Even the screen itself is curved and considered to be one of the more expensive screens currently on the market. Still, for gamers this represents a giant leap forward as they can finally access desktop-grade hardware wrapped into a laptop, even if it is a rather large laptop.

What do you think about this new laptop from Acer? If you are a gamer, let me know if this is something you would consider, after you have seen the price, of course.

By Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing on our sister ShopNinja sites where he enjoys talking about anything and everything tech.

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