5 gamer product announcements and more from the next@Acer showcase

Predator Product Family

Where the inaugural next@Acer event in New York in April seemed geared towards the average consumer, the hardware manufacturer’s most recent event, held in Berlin, the lazer-sharp focus was on gamers, with the release of a new collection of Predator-branded hardware.

Predator 17

First among these are new gaming notebooks, the Predator 15 and Predator 17.  They feature 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, NVMe PCIe solid state drives, Killer DoubleShot Pro, triple fan design to dissipate heat, a gaming control panel and up to four built-in speakers and two subwoofers.

Predator 8 Tablet
Acer is also coming out with a gaming tablet, called the Predator 8, which includes includes a 1920 x 1200 8-inch FHD display, four front-facing speakers with what Acer claims to be virtual surround sound, an Intel Atom x7 processor, Android 5.1, 2×2 MIMO wireless technology and TacSense for tactile feedback and vibrations.

Predator G3_01

The Predator G6 and G3 desktops are certainly pushing design. They feature 6th generation Intel Core processors, up to 64GB DDR4 system memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, overclocking functionality, as well as Acer’s IceTunnel cooling system.

Predator Z35_wp_game_03

Among displays, which the previous next@Acer also demoed, the Predator Z35 display touts a 35-inch 21:9 2560×1080 resolution with a curvature of 2000R. Availability is slated for December in North America.

Predator XB271HK_wp_02
As for flat 4K monitors, the XB1 Series include 27-inch and 28-inch models with featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.  These will be available in November.

Chromebook R11_white_360_01
As for general consumer devices announced, Acer is coming out with its first convertible Chromebook in the form of the R11.  It has a 360 degree hinge design with what the company claims to be four use modes, an HD touch screen, Intel Celeron processors, as well as a 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless connection and USB 3.0 port.

Aspire R13_WP_win_03

Meanwhile, Acer’s R 13 Convertible notebook line has also been updated with 6th Gen Intel Core processors, USB 3.1 Type-C ports and faster wireless via Qualcomm VIVE 2×2 802.11 ac Wi-Fi with Qualcomm MU / EFX MU-MIMO.

Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-792_win10_02

The Intel processor, USB 3.1 Type-C and Qualcomm WiFi updates also apply to the Aspire V Nitro series, which has a slot-antenna design that Acer says “ensures 360-degree wireless coverage with no dead zones.”

Revo Build_01

Lastly, we’ve seen a lot of designs for mini PCs at CDN, but Acer’s new Revo Build (M1-601) still catches the eye with its modular design.  According to Acer, the blocks provide different features. 

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