Acer Predator 21 X Review: The most insane laptop ever built – PCWorld

There are three things you should immediately know about Acer’s Predator 21 X laptop. First, it’s hands-down the fastest laptop we’ve ever seen. Period.

Second, it’s the widest laptop we’ve ever seen: 22.4 inches wide, 12.4 inches deep, and 2.71 inches to 3.28 inches high, front to back.

And third: It’s the most expensive laptop we’ve seen in a long time. Sure, at $9,000, you’d think it would be the priciest ever in PCWorld history, but a 1990-era 286 laptop that cost $6,000 adjusted for inflation would be $11,367 today. So, the Predator 21 X is almost a deal, right? 

But seriously, Acer’s Predator 21 X isn’t meant to be a mainstream product. Hell, it’s not even meant to be a high-end product. It’s the very definition of a showcase, low-volume, high-profile “halo” product, intended to show that Acer can produce the biggest, baddest laptop on the planet. And Acer’s done just that.

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Only 300 Predator 21X will be made. This unit is No. 21.yup

Features: Everything inside the Predator 21 X

The most striking feature of the Predator 21 X is its 21-inch curved screen. The panel is 2560×1080, and supports G-Sync with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The high refresh rate and G-Sync means everything is simply smoother—from gaming to just moving windows and scrolling a browser windows. Once you’ve used a high refresh-rate panel, you never want to go back.

The panel has decent off-axis support and a light anti-glare finish, but it won’t win any color accuracy contests. It is decently bright, though—we measured its maximum brightness at 420 nits.

We generally prefer curved screens to flat screens—on ultra-wide panels measuring 34 inches. At 21 inches, the curve—rated at 2000R—doesn’t make a huge difference to our eyes, but it certainly adds to the panache of the Predator 21 X.

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The screen is a 2000R curved screen.

To drive that 2.8-megapixel screen, Acer stuffs no fewer than two GeForce GTX 1080 cards inside, in SLI mode. There’s also a quad-core Core i7-7820HK, 64GB of DDR4/2400, two Toshiba 512GB NVMe M.2 drives, and a 1TB hard drive. It’s hard to quibble with that much storage, but if we had to complain, we’d say the hard drive is too small at 1TB. It looks like the thickest hard drive you can get in the Predator 21 X is a 9.5mm HDD, which tops out at 2TB today.


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