Acer throws everything but the kitchen sink into the Predator 21X

— 6:03 AM on August 31, 2016

Acer kicked off its IFA 2016 with a bang this morning. The company's Predator 21X notebook pushes the definition of that form factor to its very limits. Acer's designers started with a 21-inch curved display with a 2560x1080 resolution. The Predator 21X powers that vista with some variety of Kaby Lake CPU paired with dual GeForce GTX 1080 graphics chips. This machine also has a Cherry MX mechanical keyboard and Tobii eye-tracking technology built in. We don't have a full spec list for the rest of the machine yet, but honestly, it doesn't really matter. This thing is going to be nuts.

No laptop this powerful is going to be a thin-and-light machine, but the Predator 21X looks like it establishes a new class of bulkiness even in the already absurd universe of extreme desktop-replacement notebooks. Acer isn't talking dimensions yet, but this Predator looks like something you'd only want to move around in a roller bag—assuming it ever leaves a desk at all. 

Acer isn't talking prices for the Predator 21X yet, either, but it told The Verge that it intends to build each one of these machines to order. We're guessing that means the 21X falls into the "if you have to ask..." category. There's no word on when this thing will go up for order, either, but given that this machine appears to use an as-yet-unannounced Kaby Lake CPU with a higher TDP than the Y- and U-series processors released yesterday, we'd guess it won't be available for some time yet.

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