Acer Predator range London launch, UK release dates and prices
Not everyone has the time, patience or know-how to put together their own gaming rig. If you are looking for an off the shelf solution then the latest range from Acer’s Predator series may be right up your high street. Along with these desk top PCs were the new laptops and monitors.
I was off to a venue better known for putting on specialist club nights but Thursday evening was all about gaming hardware.
The select VIPs invited to the London show were treated to Acer’s latest line of gaming desktops, laptops and even the new tablet models.
There was even word about Acer releasing a full range of Predator branded peripherals – and a gaming smartphone!
Thanks to the moody lighting and more dry ice than a Fields of the Nephilim gig, getting decent snaps was more than a little tricky – please bear with me.
Acer Predator X34 gaming monitor
I have already written about this curvy gaming monitor but seeing three X34 screens hooked-up together was really a sight to behold.
This bank was dedicated to playing Track Mania Stadium with the person clocking the quickest time winning an Acer Predator tablet – by the time I got around to fancying a go the amount of red wine in my system held me back. I have since put the game on my home PC and I reckon I would’ve been in with a shot had I been sober-ish 😉
Talking with the Acer gaming monitor guru at the show I pointed out how much I appreciated the almost insect-like legs on the X32 as I have recording hardware that sits under my monitor and any screens with solid bases prevents this. He stated that a lot of work has gone in to the design of the monitors, including the stand, right through to the amount of screen curvature.
Acer are also very excited about the Predator Z35 gaming monitor. This 35-inch 21:9 2560 x 1080 curved monitor will also pack NVIDIA G-Sync technology and be priced a couple hundred pounds less than the X34 at £799.99.
Acer Predator G3 and G6 gaming PCs
The new aggressive cases that clothe the new generation of Predator PCs certainly make them look the part. The specs aren’t too shabby either.
The G3 can be loaded with either the Intel Core i5 or i7 Skylake chips and graphics duties are taken care of by either NVIDIA GeForce GTX or AMD Radeon R9 GPUs (graphic processing units).
You can up the storage up to 3TB and then a further 512GB on SSD which should be plenty.
The Predator G6 shares a similar design and internal set-up but gets beefed up where it counts. As well as the Core i7 Skylake processor there’s “One Punch” overclocking which is buddied up with “IceTunnel” cooling – as we all know, as soon as you start overclocking processors and graphics cards you need to lay on extra cooling.
You can take the RAM up to 64GB of DDR4 – good to know should you be looking to edit video or use the PC for 3-D modelling.
As for the GPU in the G6, you’ll be pleased to see that the GeForce GTX 980 is present – this will handle the Ultra HD duties up to 4K2K (3840 x 2160). There is also the addition of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 for your aural pleasure.
You can push internal storage in the G6 up to 12TB on spinners and a further 512GB on SSD.
Both the G3 and G6 have clever hybrid Wi-Fi/ethernet smarts. This allows you to control how your machine handles the network preferences. Just checking Facebook or emails? Then this can be slurped up by Wi-Fi easily. Streaming video or gaming? This is when you could really do with being cable-connected to avoid drop out.
The Predator G3 starts at £699.99 and the G6 kicks off at £1,499.99 – both of which will land in November.
Acer Predator 15 and 17 notebooks
If you need something a bit more compact than the G3 and G6 then perhaps something in a laptop might be handy. The new Acer gaming laptops share their DNA with their desktop stablemates but these will undoubtedly be easier to take to LAN parties or, at the very least, be able to be stored away should space be a premium at home.
Both the 15-inch and 17-inch versions come with the 6th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards along with DDR4 memory and 512GB PCIe solid state drives.
The Predator 15 features a 15.6-inch full HD or even 4K (3840 x 2160) panel, with the 17 rocking a 17.3-inch full HD display.
What really impressed me was the focus on keeping the internals cooled when gaming. Acer’s ‘FrostCore’ triple fan design includes the neat trick of allowing you to slide out the Blu-Ray drive and replace it with another fan.
Audio is also given a boost thanks to a pair of sub woofers under the laptop as well as four front-firing speakers up top.
Naturally there’s programmable macros and a fully backlit keyboard with emphasis on the WASD keys.
The Predator 15 will start from £1,229.99 and the 17 at £1,499.99 when they become available in December.
Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet
I didn’t get to spend much time with this as it was generally being fondled by would-be winners and then being whisked off for photos and videos by other, more important, journalists.
It is a very solid unit and is powered by an Intel Atom x7 processor which is running Android 5.1 on an 8-inch full HD (1920 x 1200) screen.
You get audio by way of the ‘Predator Quadio’ team of four front facing speakers and virtual surround sound. There is also tactile feedback courtesy of ‘Preadator TacSense’.
You get 64GB of on-board storage which is expandable to 128GB via microSD card.
The whole unit only weighs 350g and is 8.7mm thin.
The Predator 8 tablet comes pre-loaded with Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 and 320,000 game credits (approx US$50 value).
You will be able to grab an Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet in November for £249.99