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Acer Predator 17 rolls like a real tank, shoots like missile launcher

Laptops or notebooks these days would usually come out as thin and portable as possible but there are exceptions. There are still a couple out there which come larger and thicker, normally a preference by old school folks and the avid gamers. Meanwhile, an actual unit of the Acer Predator 17 is now among our toys in the MB TechNews.1

The Acer Predator 17 plays along that niche but leans more on the gaming angle. At first glance, there is no question that this is one notebook that seems to pack quite a punch.

Consider the specs of the Acer Predator 17:

• 17.3-inch display that supports up to 4K  (1920×1080 resolution)

• Intel Core i7-6700HQ

• 32 GB of RAM

•  Nvidia GTX 980M graphics chip2

•  512 GB PCIe solid state drive

• 1 TB mechanical drive with solid state cache

• Predator SoundPound 4.2 (four speakers, two subwoofers and Dolby Audio)

• Ports: Headphone/Mic, Kensington Lock, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0, Ethernet, display port, HDMI

• SD memory card reader

With a high-end laptop filled with standout specs, one concern is overheating. Acer has that covered with its FrostCore , a standard accessory from Cooler Master. With a simple flick, it can be used in place of the traditional optical drive and add another cooling fan to maintain optimized performance.

The Acer Predator 17 measures 15.39 x 11.79x 1.52 inches and weighs about 7.5 pounds which is something that will likely spend a lot of its time in one place.

With that list of impressive features, there is no question that this is one laptop that was made for gaming and will cost a bundle. But when one weighs out the specs and compares it to the price tag, there is no question that you get your money’s worth with this one.

Aesthetically, one can appreciate it thoroughly. It offers a pleasant keyboard and touchpad that should appease gamers looking for the right setting when it comes to sitting back and allowing their mind and fingers to do whatever it is they have to on the game they are into. It also comes with a corresponding gaming mouse which is a necessity for avid gamers these  days.

Paired with a loud and bass heavy audio system, the only thing left in question is how well the Acer Predator 17 can perform at 4K.

The only sure thing right now is that it performs magnificently via 1080p. But with popular games constantly increasing in resolution requirements, it remains to be seen if pushing it up to that level would render the same smooth game play.

Other than that, there is also the question of how much strain such would endure. This is despite the fact that the Acer Predator 17 comes with an impressive and long-lasting battery whose longevity may dilapidate if the game resolution display is pushed up beyond its borderline.

The Acer Predator 17 was made only for the ones who take gaming seriously. It doesn’t come cheap but once you settle down and put on your favorite game, brace yourself for longer game playing days ahead.

  • MahalKoPinas

    Sana next time, ang i-post mo ay real tanks and missiles na na-develop sa Pinas bilang panangga sa mga Intsik.

  • aerpales

    1920×1080 is Full HD not 4K/UHD. 4K is on the horizon of 4,000 pixels, not 1000 pixels which is what your gaming laptop’s native resolution. Please, correct your erroneous article.

    4K UHD is a resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160 lines (8.3 megapixels, aspect ratio 16:9) and is one of the two resolutions of ultra high definition television targeted towards consumer television, the other being 8K UHD which is 7680 pixels × 4320 lines (33.2 megapixels).

    From 4K wikipedia.