Back during CES 2017, the company announced a behemoth of a notebook called the Acer Predator 21 X, complete with a gargantuan 21-inch curved display and a 19.4-pound (8.8-kilogram) weight. Today, the product has been released on Acer’s gaming website under the banner, “Beyond Horizons”, touting hardware features such as 2000R curvature, in-game eye tracking technology, and a flip-over precision touchpad that easily converts into a tactile numpad.
The chassis of the Acer Predator 21 X is forged entirely of aluminum, sandblasted with "abyssal" black with a backing that covers the entire 21-inch (2560x1080) 120Hz G-Sync ready screen. At its core, the notebook features a quad-core 7th-gen Intel Core i7 7820HK 2.90GHz processor with a 35W TDP, up to 64MB of DDR4 2400MHz memory, up to four 512GB PCI-E SSDs in RAID 0 plus a 1TB HDD, dual Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080s in SLI, a backlit mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, and a SuperMulti DVD-RW drive.
The notebook includes one USB 3.1 port, one USB Type-C (Gen 2) port, one Thunderbolt 3 port and three USB 3.0 ports, along with HDMI and two DisplayPort outputs Other features include Dolby Audio Premium surround supported by four speakers and dual subwoofers (4.2-channel) in a three-way Hi-Fi design, an 8-cell battery for regular use, and a battery backup unit claiming up to four hours of charge.
For cooling, the system features five AeroBlade ultrathin fans for processor and graphics thermals, while nine heatpipes distribute additional heat buildup throughout the chassis.
Acer Taiwan president Dave Lin said during the product launch that although the PC market continues to suffer declines in 2017, the company looks to achieve growth in Taiwan’s PC market thanks to its line of gaming and ultra-thin products.
Acer offers to send engineers to customize each notebook
While the Predator 21 X has already received strong pre-orders in Taiwan, there has not been any sign of retail availability yet in the US. As reported back during CES, the notebook will cost a small fortune for most as it is locally priced at $NT 299,999, or approximately $8,999 USD before tax. Acer says it will provide users free customization service for the notebook and will even send out product engineers to help customers configure the product. We can expect to hear more details on regional availability in the coming weeks.