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Acer reveals new Predator gaming desktop, notebook and display

Engadget Engadget 21/04/2016 Billy Steele
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Acer is made a truckload of PC announcements at its NYC event today, and new gaming gear was part of the news. The company pulled the wraps off of a trio of Predator series devices, including the Predator 17X gaming notebook, Predator G1 gaming desktop and Predator Z1 monitor. The trio joins Acer's gaming line that already includes a pair of gaming laptops, desktops, displays and even an 8-inch tablet. Let's take a closer look at each of the new machines, shall we?

For those who prefer to do their gaming on a desktop, Predator G1 remains compact enough to take with you, should the need arise. The G1 supports NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X graphics alongside 6th-gen Intel Core processors and can employ up to 64GB of RAM. Acer says its taken the internals from its previous Predator G6 desktops and crammed them into a much smaller enclosure. Best of all? The G1 is ready to handle VR, and it does so without taking up a ton of space.

The Predator 17X gaming notebook follows the Predator 17 that Acer trotted out at IFA last year. As the number suggests, this laptop keeps its 17-inch display and a similar design to last year's model. Inside, there's an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU, bringing desktop-level graphics to Acer's new gaming notebook. To keep things cool, the company developed a three-fan setup. In addition to the usual two fans, there's a third in the front of the laptop that pulls in air from the that side of the machine and blasts it directly over those components that get hot in the midst of battle. Acer's Predator 17X is also VR-ready, and the company says the new notebook and the Predator G1 desktop are the only machines that support four VR standards, including both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Last but not least, Predator Z1 series monitor is Acer's first curved 27-inch gaming display. Most notably, it supports NVIDIA's G-Sync technology that improves graphics performance to remedy screen tearing and skipping problems. Acer's new monitor isn't the first to include the NVIDIA tech, but the feature will certainly be a welcome addition. All three of the new Predator devices will go up for pre-order soon, so you won't have to wait long to hand over your hard-earned cash to nab the goods.

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