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

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 2560×1080 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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    • watzupken
    • 3 years ago

    Acer played it safe by building this on demand. I wonder how many of this can they sell considering the heft. Also, I wonder how loud will this machine be since it has 5 fans in there.

    • Kold
    • 3 years ago

    Wow.. I gotta hand it to Acer, they have really upped their game lately.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 3 years ago

    I had to check the date again. Nope, not April 1st.

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    phew, glad this hot mess comes with a step ladder.

    • caconym
    • 3 years ago

    I think this crosses the line that divides “desktop replacement” from “desktop”.

      • One Sick Puppy
      • 3 years ago

      Well said. It actually looks like a compelling product for someone who wants a small form factor, all-in-one, portable PC gaming unit. For the amount of design that obviously went into this, I wonder how comfortable it is to use.

    • swaaye
    • 3 years ago

    I want one with the Amazon Wolf Shirt image.

    • vargis14
    • 3 years ago

    Love the ultra wide monitor design…..if I had money to burn I would love to have one for sure.

    If your going to get a desktop replacement it might as well be huge, also since it needs 2 power supplies to run it. I mean really this is not meant to be taken on a plane since the Airplanes food tray might break under the weight..lol

    Would definitely have to get a Rift and a Vive or whatever else VR comes along to go with it since in a alternate reality i am super rich!:)

    • gerbilspy
    • 3 years ago

    Stashes away until needed. That’s a good quality. I like the 21″ display size but no curves needed. This might work for an old gamer who doesn’t want a desktop in the way all the time, and who has money to burn.

    • Lord.Blue
    • 3 years ago

    OK – here are the stats on this monster so far:
    21″ Curved 2560×1080 screen. Nvidia G-Sync supported.
    2 GeForce 1080 GPUs in SLI.
    2 power supplies needed to run.
    5 system fans
    8 heat pipes
    4.2 speaker setup(yep 2 sub woofers)
    1 Mechanical keyboard with RGB LEDs under each key.
    Total System Weight: 17 POUNDS!

    See CNETs review here for a video and size example – [url<]http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-predator-21x/[/url<]

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      I wasn’t sure your post was srs until I watched the video. wtf

    • chยตck
    • 3 years ago

    Most of us are looking at this and thinking “wtf?” or at best, “neato”.
    But let’s be real here. Imagine how 16yr old you would feel dragging this to a lan party to pwn nubs. You’d be on cloud 9 and be pulling in all the nerd girls.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      All one of them at the LAN party

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Is that a giant triangular screen up top? is that the trackpad? Or is the trackpad where the number keys are?

      • vargis14
      • 3 years ago

      numeral pad flips over for the track pad:)

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      You’re either talking about the case window in the top of the laptop, or an embarassing bit of artwork which I would presume is custom chosen by the buyer, since these are tailored to each [s<]pundit[/s<] client.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 3 years ago

    Ewwwwww…….

    Think this is the 1st time a TR article made me nauseous. Not Jeff Kampman’s fault. Its just, that thing looks hideous.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      This is the embodiment of the exact opposite of “good design is simple design”.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        No, I think this embraces that mantra. It’s for hipsters. It’s not an absence of taste, T, it’s [url=https://youtu.be/Dyh3sQN6ne4?t=1m40s<]the opposite of taste[/url<].

    • killadark
    • 3 years ago

    Apparently it also needs 2 power cords Oo.
    it also has 2 sub-woofers and costs north of 5k

    i will feel bad for the guy who breaks the “curved screen” by accident ๐Ÿ˜€

    • cynan
    • 3 years ago

    “Predator” conjures up something at least moderately sleek. Kind of surprised they stuck with this moniker. “Behemoth” or “Juggernaut” sounds much for fitting for this titanic, mammoth leviathan.

    And do you really need 2x 1080s for a display with only a third more pixels than 1080p?

      • Airmantharp
      • 3 years ago

      There’s no mention of refresh rates (or adaptive sync, for that matter), but if it were 144Hz the case could be made for modern games.

      Playing the BF1 beta right now, and using the default settings I’m at ~70FPS using a pair of 970s.

      (I assume that when Nvidia gets around to putting the game in Geforce Experience I’ll be able to efficiently tweak it for higher)

      • hubick
      • 3 years ago

      Given Pokemon Go is all the rage these days, they should have added some white alongside the blue and licensed the name “Snorlax” from Nintendo ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Airmantharp
    • 3 years ago

    Have a 17″ DTR, and it’s at the limit of what I’d call ‘portable’.

    This is a whole lot of nope from nopeville.

      • thudo
      • 3 years ago

      With that kind of power, don’t really care for portability when there are many other laptops to fit that niche. This one is about desktop presence + performance + mild portability.

      I’d still consider it in a few years once my super MSI laptop gets out-dated. ๐Ÿ™‚ 21″ laptop.. yumm!

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Portable as in from a living room to a bedroom to a LAN party I guess.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    Jeez, that thing must be… 3″ thick!!

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      That’s what … [i<]ah, nawh.[/i<]

    • thudo
    • 3 years ago

    Well.. this blows away clean off my year-old $5k MSI 6QF Dragon laptop. 21″?!?! Whoozers… that’ll be on BIG BOY on the desk.. Where is the traveler’s suitcase to fit it? O_O

    • cybot_x1024
    • 3 years ago

    Can someone explain to me why a 21″ screen would need to be curved(especially on a laptop)?
    I can’t think of anything else other than to make it look stupid.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Screen is curved to accommodate taller keys with more travel distance on them?

        • cybot_x1024
        • 3 years ago

        [quote<]accommodate taller keys with more travel distance[/quote<] A curve would mean the keys at the centre of the keyboard have the most travel distance while those at the edges have the least. This would be a nightmare to use for gaming.

          • Neutronbeam
          • 3 years ago

          Good point…but maybe not…look how much space there is on either side of the primary keys.

            • cybot_x1024
            • 3 years ago

            The screen isn’t flush with the keyboard. Therefore it has nothing to do with the keyboard.

      • Firestarter
      • 3 years ago

      because marketing

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    At this point I’d be tempted to sling a Sugo SG05 and a 22″ gaming monitor into a small suitcase.

    Apart from the downside of needing an extra 30 seconds to plug in three more cables (keyboard and two for the display) there are several upsides:

    1) You won’t ruin your dignity.
    2) You won’t break your back trying to lift it.
    3) You won’t break your bank trying to buy it.
    4) You won’t break your heart when the CPU/GPU becomes obsolete
    5) You can spill LAN party beer and snacks over the keyboard without ruining your day.

    You may have enough saved money to hire a personal butler for every LAN party you go (He can do the carrying, unpacking, setup, pack-up, and beer-fetching duties!)

    If you’re wanting to get more attention than the Predator 21X user sat beside you, spend the saved money on some badass gaming cosplay outfit for your butler. There’s probably nothing quite like having a 7ft tall Reinhardt serving you chilled beverages and lighting your cigar for you.

      • watzupken
      • 3 years ago

      Totally agree on the 5 points. LOL. I feel Acer is trying too hard to make a laptop, but this is more like selling you an AIO machine with a wallet disintegrating price tag.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Notebook designers need to read Goldilocks & the Three Bears.

    This notebook design is too anorexic!

    This notebook design is too much like a medieval siege engine!

    This notebook design is [i<]just right[/i<]. --> Make that one for a change.

    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    Well that looks… tasteful

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      Your sarcasm level….

      Itโ€™s over NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!

    • EndlessWaves
    • 3 years ago

    Where’s the mouse?

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Lost inside the maze inside that case.
      Put some cheese near the exhaust ports and maybe it will come out.

      • MrJP
      • 3 years ago

      Number keys are on the trackpad.

    • hasseb64
    • 3 years ago

    Heavy weight lifting in E-sport!
    or
    In next Olympics:

    Run 1000m with this beast
    Finish one stage in Doom
    Run 1000m
    Next stage
    Finish when battery is drained.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]Finish when battery is drained.[/quote<] So just 1000m and 30 seconds of Doom then?

      • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
      • 3 years ago

      I’m not sure it even has a battery…

      • TwoEars
      • 3 years ago

      Finish when battery is drained. Is that like a “happy finish” / “happy ending” kind of deal?

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Saw the rumors on this and didn’t believe them. This goes against the MSI Titan that is slim and trim at 18 inches with a mechanical keyboard. The Kaby Lake enthusiast chips for gaming laptops are set to come out in January, so that time frame seems likely. I was expecting a higher resolution on the screen but maybe Acer will offer options.

    I shall be following this doohickey (technical jargon, sorry) out of morbid interest and totally irrational techno-lust. Also, I will pick up a lottery ticket today.

      • sunner
      • 3 years ago

      Talk about an awesome “Portable”!
      And, the Intro price?
      My guess is “pushing $5K”

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