For a long time the borderline boutique manufacturer MSI had the market cornered on weird, overpowered laptops no sane person would spend their money on. But Acer has just snatched that crown straight out of MSI's hands with this 21-inch gaming laptop.
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Remember when laptops were laptops and tablets were tablets? Well, those days are gone, replaced with acrobatic foldables, detachables, and liquid-cooled enigmas. Buying a new computing machine has never been such a strange decision as it is today, so we decided to round up the very strangest hybrid devices out there and see if they really were the next evolutionary machine of the laptop genus.
Computex 2016 is all this week in Taipei, Taiwan — and it's where you want to be if you're interested in all the new components and gadgets that you'll be using inside and around your gaming PC over the next year. All the major tech brands will have stands and exhibitions on show, with new technologies alongside PC overclocking and case modding competitions, as well as new peripherals like keyboards, mice and headsets. Here's what we know is coming, and what we're hoping for.
A 'Nvidia GeForce VR Ready' sticker is the crowning feature of Acer's new Predator gaming laptop and desktop range, announced overnight with certified support for VR headsets including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The two new machines are the most powerful that Acer has ever built, but are surprisingly compact for their high-end specs.
Acer has announced the first non-Lumia Windows 10 phone to hit the market in the Liquid Jade Primo. Using Windows 10's Continuum technology, Acer is touting this as a phone that could very well replace your computer — or at least your laptop.
Acer has doubled down on gaming here at the IFA tech show in Berlin, unveiling a barrage of new gaming gear including a Predator tablet and phone, 15- and 17-inch gaming laptops with Intel's new Skylake processors, powerful PCs — plus Nvidia G-Sync gaming monitors, including a 200Hz ultra-wide curved display.
Acer is serious about external graphics — the idea that you can plug a graphics card into a relatively weak computer and make it more powerful whenever you need. How serious? The company will sell two computers with external graphics in mind, starting this year.
After its screen, a computer's keyboard and mouse and input ports are what you'll be using the most when you sit down to browse the Web or watch a movie or do some work. Here's everything you need to know when it comes to choosing the right laptop based on its keyboard and trackpad and the ports you'll be using day in, day out.