At IFA, Acer became the first manufacturer to launch a laptop with a curved display. Dubbed the Predator X21, the gaming laptop comes with a massive 21-inch curved ultra-wide display with a resolution of 2560 x 1080. Other specs on offer are just as bonkers, with the laptop featuring Intel's 7th-generation Core i7 CPU, and two GTX 1080 in SLI. The display also supports NVIDIA G-Sync, enabling variable refresh rates that stay in sync with the GPU. Oh, and it weighs 17 pounds.
You also get a full-size backlit keyboard with Cherry MX mechanical switches, a 4.2-channel audio system, a Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi ac, two USB Type-A ports, one USB-C port, and two DisplayPort ports along with one HDMI out. The Predator X21 uses a total of five fans, with one visible over the keyboard. There's also a numeric keypad that flips over and functions as a touchpad.
Acer has incorporated Tobii's eye-tracking technology into the display of the notebook, which allows you to change camera angles, increase or decrease brightness, and more just by eye movements. Acer also showed off you can use the eye-tracking tech to aim and navigate in Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Select games will support the feature, including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and The Division. And it integrates with Windows Hello, allowing you to sign in to your computer through facial recognition.
If you like what's on offer with the eye-tracking technology, Acer is also rolling out a series of gaming monitors that have the feature built-in. The standout is the Predator Z271T, a 27-inch G-Sync gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
The Predator Z271T will be heading to shelves starting October for €799. As for the beastly Predator X21, Acer will kick off pre-orders later this year, with an eventual debut next year. No word on pricing, but if you have to ask...