After many months of showcases at electronics expos and conferences, Acer has finally released its unnecessarily equipped and powerful gaming “laptop”, the Acer Predator 21x. So, what makes this laptop so special (and expensive)? Well, pretty much everything. Acer is clearly going for publicity with this computer, as its specifications list is the definition of top-tier.
Let’s start with the most obvious feature of this behemoth: the first ever curved ultra-wide display on a laptop. This display checks all of the boxes; along with being 21 inches, curved, and having a resolution of 2560 by 1080, the panel is also IPS with incredible color accuracy, 120hz for insane framerates, and G-sync for buttery-smooth and tearless gameplay. The display also comes with Tobii Eye Tracking technology, a still kind of gimmicky but never the less interesting add on.
Below the huge screen is the Predator 21x’s second most prominent feature: a full-sized, Cherry MX Brown switch equipped mechanical keyboard. While not the first laptop to have a mechanical keyboard (that award goes to the MSI GT Titan), the backlit keyboard is still impressive, and comes with another interesting innovation. At first glance, it may appear that the laptop has no trackpad, but Acer simply integrated it with the number pad. The small rectangular part can be flipped over to function as a trackpad when the user needs it, or can be switched to the other side to operate as a number pad, a feature many gamers would enjoy since many are used to bringing wireless or corded mice with them.
The rest of the externals of the computer are also impressive. The sides and back contain five USB ports (four are USB 3.0 and one is USB type-C), an HDMI port, a DisplayPort connection, and a RJ-45 network port. It also has a microphone, webcam, four speakers that get quite loud, two charging ports for the two power bricks required to charge the “portable” device.
Finally, the Acer Predator 21x comes with a stunning set of internal hardware. Front and center is its two Nvidia GTX 1080s in SLI, adding this laptop to the very short list of laptops that run any two dual graphics cards, much less dual 1080s. For its CPU it packs an i7-7820HK quad-core processor that runs at 2.90 Ghz and can be overclocked. Cooling all of this insanity are nine copper heat pipes and five fans that sound like a plane taking off in your backyard when spinning at full throttle. The 21x’s memory is also top of the line; it comes with a blatantly unnecessary 64 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM, two 500 gigabyte NVME SSDs in RAID-0, four M.2 slots for ridiculous expandability, and a one terabyte hard disc drive.
Altogether, WITHOUT the two power bricks, the Acer Predator 21x weighs in at 18.74 pounds, and its single spec model available runs for $9000.
You’re probably wondering, “What’s the point of this? Who on earth can afford this and be willing to lug it around like a weightlifter?”. Well, more people than you would think. MSI’s crazy spec’d out laptop, the GT Titan, sold very well according to reports from MSI representatives at shows like CES. But, the more important purpose of computers like these is publicity. Insane laptops engineered by companies like these are eye-candy for the entire PC world. By bringing them to shows and sending review copies to popular YouTube channels and news sources companies like Acer can easily bring in tens of millions of views, increasing the purchase of their other products and strengthening their presence in the online PC community.