Acer Predator? Acer has been more than hyperactive in the last IFA 2015, since it has not only dedicated itself to announcing an important catalog of terminals for its “Liquid” series, or 4 high-end monitors dedicated to the gaming world, but it has proposed to become in all a reference in that world with its Predator range, in the style of how it can be Asus with its series ROG or MSI with its series GAMING. Result of this new market niche that has decided to invade, and with the Acer Predator logo by flag, we have up to 4 devices that we can take from one place to another to satisfy our appetite “gamer” more voracious. Two of them are laptops, while the third is a smartphone and the fourth is a tablet.
Acer Predator 17 and Predator 15: Power to carry
Acer has always been characterized by offering equipment with a very good quality / price ratio, and over the years (has more than 30 in the market) has been leaving behind its reputation for low-cost brand to go putting up of the great ones of the sector. I still have an Acer laptop with more than 5 years behind me that still works almost like the first day (or better, thanks to an SSD).
The Predator series is not that it is new, since it has been among us for several years, where we have seen it on desktop computers; although this is the first time, let’s remember, that can be seen on a laptop. Not that Acer has not built laptops before to play, since it has always offered very interesting proposals as the Acer Aspire V Nitro, but it is the first time that extends its Predator desktop series to the segment of laptops.
The Acer Predator will be available in 15.6 and 17.3 inch sizes
Going to see the specifications of these two “pots”, we see that Acer has had the latest Intel Skylake processors for the design of its new Acer Predator. Specifically we have an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU that operates at a base frequency of 2.60 GHz, but can reach up to 3.5 GHz under Turbo, with 6 megabytes of L3 cache, 4 cores and 8 threads of processing through HyperThreading. Accompanying this powerful processor, we have a generous amount of DDR4 RAM that can reach up to 32 GB.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics card is responsible for giving life to the most demanding games on the market , a GPU that will not have too much trouble to decently move any game to 1080p, but that will force us to lower our graphic requirements in the Acer Predator 15, if we choose the version with 4k screen.
And, in a somewhat inexplicable way, the Acer Predator 17 model has a 17.3-inch IPS screen that we can only choose with Full-HD resolution , while the Acer Predator 15, will be available with a 15.6- inch screen configurable with resolution Full HD or 4K.
Special mention deserves the cooling system, which designed with the idea of keeping at bay the temperatures generated by such a powerful configuration, has Predator FrostCore technology , a kind of cooling base formed by 3 fans and integrated under the chassis itself, and that apparently, we have the option to withdraw when we are not making intensive use of the system, a very original idea the truth, although it has yet to prove its effectiveness.
The ROG laptops have been a serious competitor, Acer’s Predator series
Complete the Acer Predator 15 and 17 a NVMe PCIe SSD up to 512 GB capacity and connectivity as complete with Killer DoubleShot Pro (specific to decrease network latency in the most demanding games), Bluetooth, 4 USB 3.0 ports , a USB 3.1 Type-C , HDMI and DisplayPort.
In the storage section, we also have a card reader and an optical drive to choose between DVD or Blu-Ray.
How could it be otherwise at this point, the operating system chosen is Windows 10 .
Both the Acer Predator 15 and the Predator 17 will be available in November at a price that could be around 1600 euros for the Predator 15 and 1800 euros for his 17-inch brother.
Acer Predator 6 and Predator 8 , smartphone and tablets to play.
Image of the new Acer Predator 8, a tablet with the latest from Intel in the SoCs segment for the mobile market.
Although I declare, today, a clear defender of Windows as an operating system for games, I can not help but show my astonishment with the controversy that portable devices focused on playing have created. Whole threads of web pages and forums in which people discuss whether a tablet or smartphone can be a “gamer”, or just something for “gamers”.
And it is curious that two words that mean the same in two different languages, can be used to differentiate a real player (one who uses a PC or a console) from a “game” that plays with your Android tablet or smartphone.
When at the end of the 80s we played with graphics full of pixels stored in cassette tapes, and 3D was little less than an illusion, nobody had trouble calling the player who used his Spectrum, Amiga or Amstrad to play.
Today we can enjoy games much more advanced than those of the time in our smartphones and Android tablets, and yet, it seems that we are only “playing” if we are playing Crysis 3, the Battelfied 4 or the last game in the saga Batman on a very powerful pc with the highest graphics requirements …
So, excuse me the reader these ramblings of mine, but I think the controversy of whether a tablet or smartphone can carry the name “gamer”, has no meaning. Playing is playing, and as long as you have fun with a game, you will be playing. In addition, Android increasingly offers a wider catalog of games, something that seems to go more with the new apis that are appearing in the market ( someone said Vulkan? ).
Returning to the core of the news, we know that the Acer Predator 6 is a 6-inch device (predictably not?) That comes with the promising SoC Mediatek Helio X20 , a beast of 10 cores that has raised many expectations. He is accompanied by a generous 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, in addition to a 21 MP camera that paints quite well on paper, although we do not know its manufacturer at this point (possibly Sony).
From what little we know, if we can tell you that it will include a system called Predator TecSense with which, you can enjoy a more immersive gaming experience through the use of vibration.
The operating system chosen is Android 5.1 Lollipop , although we would have loved it if it came with Android Marshmallow.
Acer Predator 8, the tablet designed by Acer to play anywhere.
Sharing a design with his brother, perhaps too excessive for a tablet, we have the Acer Predator 8, an 8-inch tablet with Full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
A tablet that does not come short of power, since it makes use of the recent Intel Atom X7-Z8700, the most powerful SoC presented by Intel in the “mobile” field and that is accompanied by an Intel HD Graphics 8th generation GPU (8- LP).
Complete the set 2 GB of RAM (we expected more), 32/64 GB of internal storage and a sound system consisting of four front speakers.
The operating system chosen is again Android 5.1 and Acer has promised to reveal all its specifications shortly.