For some reason, Acer decided that 18 inches for a notebook screen wasn’t enough. Solution? Add a 21″ curved ultrawide display to a notebook chassis. That’s right, the worlds ONLY and FIRST 21″ laptop! But at a $9000 price tag, it is also the worlds most expensive laptop up to date aswell.
Obviously when you put a 21″ curved display into a notebook, a slim design is out of the question. Coming in at over 3 inches in thickness, it is one of the thickest notebooks out there.
Acer did an excellent design with the notebook overall, it feels beastly but also looks very modern with supercar inspired exhaust grills and metal accents covering the notebooks rear.
Once you open up the lid, the Predator 21X looks like nothing you’ve ever seen on any other portable device. It is jam packed with a full desktop sized TKL cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard and a touchpad that doubles as a numberpad. There is even a window at the top left corner where you can see one of the notebook fans, pretty cool they did that for those who truly love computers overall.
The screen is what takes the cake though, a curved ultrawide screen is really nice to have. You might hear that the curve is a gimmick for a 21″ display, but those claims are for traditional desktop monitors which usually sit more than 2x further away than vs. your notebook screen. Since your so close to your laptop (usually), you will be able to take advantage of the curve.
The biggest complaint I have with the Predator 21X is it’s weight, at 18.7 pounds, it is incredibly heavy, and not something you’ll be in the mood to pick up and take with you. This notebook is more of a mobile desktop than a notebook. To put in perspective of how heavy this laptop is, the Predator 21X comes with a HUGE carry on luggage container that houses the laptop and it’s accessories.
Of course for $9k, you get some pretty hefty components, inside is a Core i7-7820HK Quad Core Overclockable CPU, twin GeForce GTX 1080’s in SLI with 8GB of GDDR5X each, 64GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD storage combo.
For the display you get a drool worthy 2560 x 1080 120HZ IPS G-SYNC display. There is no better screen on a mobile gaming platform. You also get Tobii Eye tracking for gaming. However, this isn’t incredibly useful yet as only a handful of games support Tobii.
For ports you have 4 USB 3.0, 1 thunderbolt 3/USB Type C, 2 DisplayPort with G-SYNC support, and 1 HDMI 2.0.
Acer went all out on the audio, you get a full 6 speaker stereo system with 2 subwoofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 mid-range speakers.
The battery is mediocre, with less than 3 hours of battery life just casually web browsing, you need to be plugged in if you plan on using this thing for long periods of time.
Without a doubt, this notebook can do anything you want. Whether you like editing videos, editing photos, gaming, mutlitasking or anything else, this notebook can do it.
Gaming wise the dual GTX 1080s will have no problem pushing the ultrawide 1080P panel past 120fps in any game you throw at it. However, that is, games that fully support SLI. You will most likely have to disable one of the GPUs for most of your titles. But fortunately, a single 1080 still does a great job at pushing 100fps at that resolution, so even with just one gtx 1080 you shouldn’t have any trouble gaming at ultra quality settings.
The cooling system on the Predator 21X is superb, with 5 fans and 9 heatpipes, there is a very little chance of thermal throttling. (Unless of course your running Furmark and Prime 95 at the same time.)
Should you buy this notebook? Even with all it’s great and wonderful features, the biggest problem for the Predator 21X is it’s hefty price tag of $9000 USD. $9000 is by far the most expensive I’ve ever seen a laptop sold for. There are laptops for less than half that price which have nearly all the same features as the Predator 21X, specifically the GT83 Titan from MSI which has a 18.4″ screen, very similar specs and is far lighter so it is more portable.
The only customer Acer is targeting with the Predator 21X is the wealthy, the people who say money is not an issues and who want the best of the best at the same time.
CPU: Intel Core i7-7820HK 2.90GHz (3.90 GHz Turbo)
RAM: 64GB DDR4 SDRAM (SDRAM meaning it’s soldered to the motherboard)
GPUs: Twin GeForce GTX 1080s in SLI with 16GB GDRR5X (8GB each)
Storage: 1TB HDD, 1TB SSD (PCIe)
Display: 21″ Curved 2560 x 1080 IPS with G-SYNC.
OS: Windows 10 Home (For $9000 they couldn’t of added Win. 10 Pro?)
Weight: 18.7 pounds.
Audio: 6 speaker system with 2 subwoofers, 2 tweeters, 2 speakers.