Acer Predator laptops stay cool under fire with Skylake

Acer has revealed its take on Skylake-infused gaming laptops under its Predator brand. Available in both 15" and 17" sizes, this new breed is powered by Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake CPUs, graphics cards as powerful as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980M, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. All Predator notebooks are Nvidia G-Sync-enabled, and their display resolutions range up to 3860x2140 (4K).

As nice as those base specs are, Acer is betting on these machines' cooling arrangement to set them apart from the competition. The laptops' two exhaust fans use a counter-rotating design that's supposed to prevent dust build-up inside. The fancy cooling doesn't stop there, either—users can remove the optical drive and insert an extra fan module in its place to keep things cool during the most intensive gaming sessions.

The Predator laptops also feature backlit keyboards with a row of dedicated macro keys. The "SoundPound" onboard audio on the 15" model has two speakers and one subwoofer, and its 17" cousin packs a whopping four main speakers and two subwoofers. Both laptops have a built-in headphone amp good for cans with impedances up to 600Ω.

Storage duties are handled by NVMe PCIe SSDs, and both wired and wireless networking are handled by a Killer DoubleShot Pro adapter. USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity is on deck, as well. Design-wise, the company cites "intergalactic battlecruisers" as inspiration, though the soft-texture exterior coating might not be the best material for a spaceship hull.

These hunter-killers will be available in November. Prices start at $1,500 for the 15" model and $1,600 for the 17-incher.

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