Acer’s new 2017 line includes 4k 144hz gaming, and powerful laptops
Acer brings out the best
Acer took the stage today to introduce several new gaming-laptops; a few powerful 2-in-1 devices, and a new line of their high-performance monitors. The new devices include the Predator Triton 700, Predator Helios 300, and the Predator X27 monitor. Though this is also great news for everyone looking for a bargain, as we can now start shopping Amazon for Acer’s previous wonders that we had our eyes on.
The Predator Triton 700 will be housed in a aluminum chassis, featuring a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display. The laptop will be cooled with the Dual Acer AeroBlade 3D Fans, which provides advanced thermal performance in a thin profile. The new devices will also run on the latest 7th Generation Intel Core processors, coupled with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics. You can also count on NVMe PCIe SSDs and Intel Thunderbolt 3 ports. One of the unique additions that comes with the Triton 700 is a mechanical keyboard, you will also get Acer’s PredatorSense software and NVIDIA G-SYNC monitor support. All of this packed into a notebook weighing just 5.7 pounds.
“Building on the highly acclaimed Predator 21 X curved gaming notebook, Acer is proud to announce the new Predator Triton 700, an incredibly thin yet powerful gaming notebook,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “Our industry-leading AeroBlade 3D Fan with metal blades provides ultimate thermal performance, which allows us to pack massive computing power inside this ultrathin form factor without compromise.”
As the first of the new ultrathin Predator Triton gaming notebook series, the black chassis will feature a minimalist design, with straight contours and angular front corners. A large Corning Gorilla Glass plate above the keyboard serves as a window into the notebook’s cooling system, showcasing the AeroBlade 3D Fan that we mentioned earlier and five heat pipes. This also functions as a touchpad. The two NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration will be coupled with 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz memory.
“Acer is driving some incredible new products for the gaming and VR-ready category and Intel is excited to work together to push what’s possible on the PC platform,” said Frank Soqui, General Manager of the Virtual Reality and Gaming Group at Intel Corporation. “It’s amazing what can be done with the mobile form factor these days not just at the high end but also for emerging VR in the mainstream – powered by our 7th Generation Intel Core High Performance processors.”
You will have the 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC built into the device, but there will be support for connecting to an external monitor. Acer TrueHarmony will deliver your sound. The notebook’s also feature Killer DoubleShot Pro networking and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which provides speeds up to 40 Gbps and supports dual 4K video output. The Predator Triton 700 also includes two USB 3.0 ports (featuring power-off USB charging), one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort connector and a Gigabit Ethernet port for those preferring a hard-wired connection.
The Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook will be available in North America in August starting at $2,999.
Acer also introduced the new Predator Helios 300, a new line hoping to offer strong performance at midrange prices. The new device will come with a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch FHD IPS display. The Predator Helios 300 line is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core i7 or i5 standard-voltage processors, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or a 1050Ti graphics card. This line will also feature the Dual AeroBlade 3D fan system, and PredatorSense software makes GPU overclocking and system control easy to handle. The device also has an iron red backlit keyboard, selected models include a metal top cover and keyboard area for added strength and rigidity. All of this processing power is supported with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory (upgradable to 32GB), a speedy SATA SSD and a 1TB HDD. An access compartment doors on the bottom of the notebooks makes it easy to upgrade memory and storage components.
The Predator Helios 300 also includes a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port (featuring power-off USB charging), two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 connection. It connects wirelessly through fast 2×2 802.11ac technology, and also includes a Gigabit Ethernet port for those preferring a hard-wired connection.
The Predator Helios 300 gaming notebooks with a 15.6-inch display will be available in North America in July starting at $1,299.
As for the monitor line, the new Predator X27 supports NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR at 4K resolution while the Predator Z271UV sports an immersive 1800R curved panel. Featuring Quantum Dot technology, both monitors offer a significantly wider, brighter and more accurate color range, with the Predator X27 supporting 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, and Predator Z271UV covering 130% of the sRGB color space. Both monitors offer NVIDIA G-SYNC support, while NVIDIA ULMB (Ultra-Low Motion Blur) creates sharper, more realistic images.
The Predator X27 is a NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR monitor and features Acer HDR Ultra technology, while Integrated Tobii eye-tracking technology help gamers aim, shoot, and explore more intuitively.
Both monitors leverage Quantum Dot technology, offering a wider color range with higher brightness, deeper saturation and better accuracy to offer dramatically more vivid visuals with the Predator X27 supporting 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, and Predator Z271UV covering 130% of the sRGB color space. With a Quantum Dot film that is coated with nano-sized dots of various types that emit very specific colored lights, the new displays can produce a wider color gamut compared to standard monitors, increasing color purity and efficiency.
“Acer is excited to be expanding our premium gaming monitor line-up with two new quantum dot models to make gameplay more lifelike than ever before,” said Victor Chien, President, Digital Display Business, Acer Inc. “The Predator X27’s 4K resolution at 144 Hz and Acer HDR Ultra technology create dazzling visuals that must be seen to be believed. Acer’s new Predator Z271UV will also thrill gaming enthusiasts with its rich color gamut and immersive curved display.”
The Predator X27 offers 4K (3840×2160) resolution at a 144 Hz refresh rate, a fast 4 ms response time and a 1,000 nit peak brightness. Featuring Acer HDR Ultra technology, it offers the best possible contrast quality of the high dynamic range with advanced LED local dimming in 384 individually-controlled zones that shine light only when and where it is required. It not only delivers a broader, more deeply saturated color gamut, but a luminance range several times greater than that of traditional dynamic range monitors. By dimming the backlight behind parts of the screen displaying black, blacks appear deeper and darker on those parts of the panel, a significant bonus for people who play games with darker scenes. The chiseled diamond cut, all-metal stand is very robust to provide stability and ergonomic with adjustable tilt, swivel and height.
The Predator Z271UV provides WQHD (2560×1440) resolution on a curved 1800R panel that puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the gamer’s eyes. It features a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design perfect for use in multi-monitor setups, and provides spectacular color breadth covering 125% of the sRGB color space. It’s extremely fast with up to a 1 ms (3 ms native) response time that nearly eliminates motion blur and supports overclocking up to 165 Hz. Built with ergonomics in mind, the display can tilt – 5 to 25 degrees and swivel +/- 30 degrees, while the height can be adjusted up to 4.7 inches. Connectivity includes DisplayPort, HDMI, audio-out, and USB 3.0 x 4 (1 up 4 down). Two 7 watt speakers deliver high-quality audio with Acer TrueHarmony technology for dynamic entertainment effects.
In addition to Quantum Dot technology, both monitors boast NVIDIA G-SYNC to deliver tear-free performance, while NVIDIA ULMB provides sharp, authentic visuals. Integrated Tobii eye-tracking technology is intended to complement a traditional keyboard and mouse as the camera automatically rotates as the gamer focuses on the sides of the screen. Pairing eye tracking with mouse and keyboard or gamepad controls offers a richer, more immersive gaming experience as gamers are able to mimic actions that occur in real life, such as ducking for cover or aiming at a target. To date, there are 100 games that support eye tracking. The continuously updated library can be viewed at www.tobii.com/apps.
The new displays provide wide viewing angles up to 178-degrees horizontally and vertically. Furthering comfort, Acer VisionCare with Flickerless, BluelightShield, ComfyView and low dimming technologies which may help reduce eye fatigue during long gaming periods.
Predator GameView lets gamers make precise color adjustments, set up aim points for hip-fire accuracy and adjust dark boost levels for more clearly spotting enemies. Custom settings can be saved in three different profiles including action, racing and sports, for switching between scenarios at any time during gameplay.
Acer also announced that it has been named Official Sponsor and Monitor Partner for League of Legends (LoL) Esports for 2017, providing its battle-tested Predator gaming monitors for a series of events including the 2017 League of Legends World Championships, Mid-Season Invitational, and the Summer Split League of Legends Championship Series in North America and Europe. This latest sponsorship is a continuation of Acer’s partnership with Riot Games, which began last year when Acer supplied Predator XB1 (XB241H) monitors for the stage and professional practice rooms at the 2016 League of Legends World Championship and All-Star Event.
In 2017, Acer will become the presenting sponsor of the “Big Plays” broadcast segment, which will air each week and recap the week’s biggest and best plays.
“Having proven their reliability and professional-level quality to the world’s most elite LoL pros, Acer is proud to be once again named the Official Sponsor and Monitor for League of Legends Esports in 2017,” said Tiffany Huang, President of Corporate Marketing, Business Planning and Operations, Acer Inc. “Pushing boundaries to provide best-in-class products without compromise, Predator gaming monitors will prove their worth to the world’s leading players throughout this exciting global tour.”
“League of Legends esports is in our most exciting season yet, and we’re delighted to be partnering once more with Acer in 2017 to bring esports experiences to fans,” said Jarred Kennedy, Co-Head of Esports, Riot Games. “These kind of brand partnerships are a vital part of the ecosystem and we can’t wait to team up to watch the best in the world compete on the international stage.”
The 2017 League of Legends World Championship, or Worlds, is an international tournament that takes place over five weeks of competitive play. The top 24 teams from around the world who have conquered their regional leagues come together to compete on the international stage, including teams from North America, Europe, Korea, China and more. Worlds will be held from September 23 to November 4, 2017 in the Chinese cities of Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.