CES 2017: Acer Announces New Gaming PCs

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10, Xbox with 7 Comments

CES 2017: Acer Announces New Gaming PCs

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) doesn’t even start until tomorrow—today is “day 0”—but the new PC announcements keep rolling. And next up is Acer with a new family of gaming PCs.

Here’s what’s new.

Predator 21 X gaming laptop

Are you looking for a $9000 gaming laptop? (Yes, you read that right. $9000.) Well, Acer has you covered with its new Predator 21 X gaming laptop. Tipping the scales at about the same curb weight of a VW Beetle, the Predator 21 X boasts a a curved 21-inch IPS display, new generation Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI with five cooling fans. Yes, it’s a monster.

But it also includes a Windows Hello-compatible eye-tracking camera, a full-sized mechanical and programmable keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches, a numeric keypad that can be flipped over and turned into a Precision Touchpad, a 3-way (tweeter, midrange, woofer) audio system that is powered by 4 speakers (2 tweeters, 2 midrange) and 2 subwoofers, and USB-C/Thunderbolt 3.

Yowza. The Predator 21 X starts shipping in February. And, yes, really, it costs $9000.

Predator 17 X gaming laptop

If the Predator 21 X is too much laptop—or too high a price tag—Acer is also offering a new version of its Predator 17 X gaming laptop, which features an overclockable 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5X RAM, and a 17.3-inch G-SYNC Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080) or UHD IPS (4K 3840 x 2160) display.

It also features a precision touchpad and, for some reason, Skype for Business certification. Pricing hits at $2600, and it will ship in January.

Aspire V Nitro Black Edition and Aspire VX gaming laptops

Dialing down the insane even further, Acer has announced he Aspire V Nitro Black Edition and the Aspire VX gaming laptops as well. These even more affordable devices feature a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050 graphics with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, up to 16 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32 GB), a built-in finger print reader (Aspire V Nitro Black Edition only), NVMe PCIe Gen 3 or SATA SSD, and up to 2 TB of HDD storage.

The Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition is available with an optional Tobii eye-tracking module. It will ship in February for $1399 and up. The Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition will ship in February for $1,199, while the The Acer Aspire VX 15 will ship in January for $799.

Aspire GX desktop gaming PC

Acer is also serving the desktop gaming PC market with its new Aspire GX tower. As with most of Acer’s other offerings here, this PC is VR-ready and ships with up to 7th-generation Intel Core processors, up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics.

The Aspire GX series will ship in February and will start at $799.

 

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