Acer amazed the world last September when it announced a laptop with a 21” curved display, a quad-core Intel Core i7 “Kaby Lake” CPU with an unlocked multiplier, two graphics processors, a mechanical keyboard, and other features of a desktop PC. Then the company surprised once again, when it disclosed pricing of the Predator 21X in early January: at $8999, the machine is one of the most expensive gaming notebooks ever. By now, the PC is available, but this Predator will be a rare beast because only 300 will be made.

The final version of the Predator 21 X notebook got Intel’s quad-core Core i7-7820HK CPU with an unlocked multiplier and overclocking capabilities, two GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs with 16 GB of GDDR5 memor,  as well as 64 GB of DDR4 RAM — specifications that even few gaming desktops can match. The storage sub-system of the Predator 21 X also resembles that of an SFF or AIO desktop: the machine can fit in four M.2 SSDs (NVMe or SATA) and one 2.5” hard drive. Acer ships the system with two 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs working in RAID 0 as well as one 1 TB 7200 RPM HGST HDD, but the system is upgradeable and owners can install almost whatever they want eventually.

They key selling point of the Predator 21 X is its curved 21” IPS display panel with a 2560×1080 resolution, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology. After trying out the Predator 21 X at Computex, I cannot say that curvature on a monitor of this size is any more immersive to me, but it may work in a very dark room. In addition to curvature, the notebook also has Tobii infrared eye-tracking sensors, which opens up different user experiences in games that support the appropriate tech. Meanwhile the audio sub-system is also worth mentioning as it has four integrated speakers and two built-in subwoofers.

Acer Predator 21 X
Display Size 21"
Type 21" curved IPS
Resolution 2560×1080
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
CPU Core i7-7820HK (4C/8T, 8 MB, 2.9/3.9GHz)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 in SLI with G-Sync support
Storage M.2 4 slots, two 512 GB SSDs with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface in RAID 0 installed
2.5" 1 bay, 1 TB HDD installed
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.x
Ethernet GbE
USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A (one supports charging)
Thunderbolt × USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connector
Display Outputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0b
Keyboard Mechanical backlit keyboard with programmable keys
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jacks, webcam, Tobii eye tracking
Dimensions Width 22.4" | 56.9 cm
Depth 12.4" | 31.5 cm
Thickness 2.71” – 3.3” | 68.8 mm – 83.82 mm
Battery Li-ion, 6000 mAh
Weight 18.74 lbs (8.5 kilograms)
Price $8999 in the U.S.

As one would expect from a laptop that is 2.71” – 3.3” (68.8 mm – 83.82 mm) thick and weighs 18.74 lbs (8.5 kilograms), the Predator 21 X has all the connectivity that one might ever need (just like high-end desktops), including 2×2 802.11ac + Bluetooth Wi-Fi module, a Gigabit Ethernet port, one Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port, four USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, an HDMI 2.0 output, two DisplayPort 1.4 headers, and an SD card reader. For input, the Acer Predator 21 X uses a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches with five programmable buttons. The numeric keypad does not have mechanical switches, but it can be flipped and turned into a touchpad.

From performance point of view, the Predator 21 X has rivals from ASUS and MSI, but when it comes to its curved 21”/120 Hz display panel, it does not really have direct competitors (except desktops, of course). Meanwhile, the panel itself is custom, which adds to the cost of an already expensive machine. After considering performance, dimensions and price, Acer figured out that demand for a laptop that is priced at $8999 will be limited, and instead of trying to reduce the price tag, decided to make an ultra-exclusive product out of its Predator 21 X. The company will only produce 300 of such machines (referring to 300 Spartans?), each of which will have an individual number. The Acer Predator 21 X will ship in a Pelican-style case that can be “repurposed” and actually be used as a luggage.

Despite the price and dimensions, the Predator 21 X is sold out at in the U.S., but is still available from Micro Center and Newegg.

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Source: Acer

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  • HideOut - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    They missed their opportunity to market this as the "worlds first >GBE ethernet laptop" by putting the 2.5/5/10GB networking adapter in. Its not like the extra few bucks woulda hurt.
  • Notmyusualid - Thursday, June 15, 2017 - link

    fair comment.
  • Manch - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    Cool yes. Buy it? No.

    How bout they turn that pelican case into a fully upgradeable ruggedized workstation. Would be just as portable.

    I turned a gorilla box into a bug out gaming/computer kit for when I deployed to a fob a few years ago. Mounted a XB 360, 24" Monitor to the lid, 110 and 220v Powerstrips, a 500watt up/down transformer, router, vonage modem, external HDD, laptop, portable proj,video switch box, and storage for games/controllers. Had wheels and a handle. Open lid, plug in power based on requirements, network cable, ready to go. Sling downloaded movies to the 360. Worked like a champ. For you 3CX/3DX people, I called it TDG-ICAP :D
  • SharpEars - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    Oh yeah 2560x1080 for $9k. I want one!!!?!?!?!
  • Gratin - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    "Acer acknowledges that this laptop is more of a proof of engineering acumen".

    I would have expected internal watercooling for performance and silence instead of 5 fans. That would have been a great engineering feat.

    I have 3 inside my 17 X and they are truly like air dryers. I see from pictures they have created 1 more exhaust on each side for a total of 4 and I suppose the fifth one is for intake.
    It could be quite noisy to use it.
  • sna1970 - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    $9000 for what exactly? I mean come on , if you want to ask that much at least put 2 Quadros P4000 in there ... and the new 18 cores i9 ...
  • versesuvius - Friday, June 16, 2017 - link

    Great Idea. A foldable AIO.
  • fanofanand - Thursday, June 22, 2017 - link

    $9k doesn't get you 4k? Wow.
  • lakedude - Friday, June 23, 2017 - link

    I've been trying to come up with something nice to say and have come up with this: I'm not a fan of curved screens however the curve might be a good thing on a laptop. The keys will never get anywhere near the screen when it is folded shut! Normally the keys on a typical laptop will rub on the screen and mark it over time if you are not very careful. This laptop's screen should never suffer this kind of damage so there is that...
  • Hxx - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    i think it would be easier to carry a 21 inch display and a laptop as opposed to buying this... and you wont be out 9k either.

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