There may exist inside of you a desire that burns white hot for the Acer Predator 21 X, but you will never buy this laptop. It is not for you, because if you want this laptop, you probably can't afford it, and if you can afford it, you are probably old enough to not want to spend $US9,000 on a laptop that weighs as much as a small child, and can't even pick up after itself.
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Buying a gaming monitor has always been a bit like Australian broadband. You could have really nice image quality, 4K and HDR support, a 120hz or 144hz refresh rate, plenty of real estate, but you couldn't have it all especially if you wanted it to be affordable. And even if you're prepared to spend a pretty penny, chances are you'll still have to compromise somewhere.
You couldn't have it all in a gaming monitor. Well, that used to be the case.
The future of Windows computers could soon be worn on your face. Recently at a special media event in New York City, we got our hands on the first Windows 10 "mixed reality headset" from Acer. The device is only a developer kit for now, but it's expected to be commercially available before Christmas this year.
Look, we've been a little amped about Acer's absurd curved display laptop, the Predator 21-X. It's absolutely huge, but it's also a laptop with a 21-inch curved display and goddammit that is as cool as it is stupid. It is also, we've just learned, going to be very very expensive.
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.