The Acer Predator cometh | Tech Talk
Somehow, the magicians at Acer managed to take a top-of-the-line gaming laptop and squeeze it inside a tiny (at least when it comes to gaming laptops) little shell. It looks great and performs well, but is it worth the wallet-busting twelve thousand dirham price tag? Let's take a look…
Some people might ask why this even exists? It probably has something to do with a similar Asus laptop that was announced a few months ago. These days Acer and Asus are like conjoined twins when it comes to product launches, and the Predator is no different.
The first thing that stands out is the laptop's size. It is just 18.5 millimetres thick, and while that does seem quite bulky at first, it's not that far away from a MacBook Pro – which is 15.5 millimetres.
It manages this high-tech trickery by moving many of the internal elements around, to weird effect. The trackpad actually sits directly below the screen, on top of a piece of glass that sits about the Nvidia GTX graphics card. The keyboard has also been moved, now sitting flush with the bottom of the keyboard. In practice, it's a bit weird to use. And it is most certainly a laptop that was built with a mouse in mind.
From a display standpoint, it rocks a 15.6-inch IPS LCD panel with a 1080p resolution. It does the job, but we'd rather it had a 4K screen. While colour and contrast are very good, it doesn't have the extreme vividness of a true gaming panel.
Ultimately, this is a great high-performance, low-bulk gaming laptop. It packs great gaming performance, with a good keyboard and a solid screen. However, that screen is 'just' 1080p, and the trackpad is absolutely useless.
So future Predator owners beware, if you do pick up this laptop - be sure you also pay for a mouse.