Acer Intros Gaming Notebook with Curved Screen

REPORTING FROM BERLIN, GERMANY: Acer has today has unveiled its new Predator 21 X gaming laptop with the world’s first curved screen in a notebook, a series of monitors with the latest eye-tracking technology and GPU updates to the Predator 15/17 series. This announcement at IFA 2016 reinforces Acer’s dedication to premium gaming with a focus on expanding the number of high-performance Predator devices available to discerning enthusiasts around the world.

The Predator 21 X takes the flagship spot in Acer’s gaming notebook series and is advanced beyond anything on the market today. It’s the world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080), and with wide-angle viewing, it delivers immersive gaming experience. To bring gameplay immersion to the next level, the notebook also integrates Tobii eye tracking technology with intuitive and natural control.


Built-in eye-tracking hardware (infrared sensors and software) unlocks a completely new facet in gaming. By tracking a gamer’s eye with software, the notebook introduces new interactions like aiming, identifying enemies and taking cover simply by gazing at objects on the screen. Eye-tracking also enhances the experience by providing infinite views whilst navigating treacherous paths and roads in the game.

With 7th Generation Intel Core processors and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards in SLI, the Predator 21 X takes the AAA gaming experience to a new level, while the curved screen also features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to ensure smooth and sharp gameplay in every scenario.


Visuals aren’t the only star of the show: the Predator 21 X also ships with SoundPound 4.2+ (4 speakers and 2 subwoofers), 3-way audio and Dolby audio for truly pristine aural enjoyment. The notebook also features an advanced cooling architecture with 5 system fans, 3 of which are ultra-thin AeroBlade metal fans, to extract excess heat for uninterrupted performance during intense sessions.

The Predator 21 X has a full-sized mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry MX switches, with customizable RGB backlight settings for each individual key. Aside from its unique curved form-factor, the Predator 21 X’s numeric keypad also touts a unique design as it can be flipped over and turned into a Precision Touchpad.

In addition to its flagship notebook, Acer today announced 3 new Predator gaming monitors that also feature Tobii eye tracking technology. Each new monitor features NVIDIA G-SYNC and high refresh rates for a smooth gaming experience without lag. The new Predator gaming monitors are available in different sizes and configurations to attract a wide range of users looking to take their gaming to the next level:

  • Predator Z271T: 27”, curved screen (1800R curvature), FHD 1920 x 1080 (144 Hz)
  • Predator XB251HQT: 24.5”, flat ZeroFrame screen, FHD 1920 x 1080 (240 Hz)
  • Predator XB271HUT: 27”, flat ZeroFrame screen, WQHD 2560 x 1440 (165 Hz)

At this year’s IFA show in Berlin, Acer has also announced GPU refreshes to its Predator 15 and 17 gaming notebooks. The new versions feature GPUs with the all-new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and run on Windows 10. This brings the notebooks in line with Acer’s push to have the Predator series ready to power the latest VR devices.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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