Acer Predator 21 X is a monster gaming laptop with 21-inch curved screen, Intel Kaby Lake, GTX 1080 SLI

At IFA, Acer became the first manufacturer to launch a laptop with a curved display. Dubbed the Predator 21 X, 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 21 X 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.

Acer Predator 21 X

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 21 X, 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...

Harish Jonnalagadda
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.

  • That is yea... Monster Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Damn! I was just about to update my AW18. Now this beast is announced.
  • It probably can be used as a shield.
  • Is that really a laptop haha
  • This is what windows 10 is all about. The future is going to be awesome. Still think macs are cool?
  • I never thought macs were cool.
  • Why yes I do.....I also think those new asus gamer's are awesome as well!
  • Mac?? What is it?? some kind of food??
  • Maybe Apple will copy this and call it the Big Mac, reinvented with an extra sprinkle of magic
  • ​Exactly! Too heavy for the lap, it's a "desktop replacement"!
  • I mean, that looks horrible.
  • where is predator 17 refresh ??
    i was really looking forward to seeing it with gtx 10 series !! :'( 
  • What the heck is that??!!!! That's SKYNET!
  • the whole internet is in it!!!
  • So.. Are these full 1080's or the mobile variants? It has to be the mobile ones right?
  • Under clocked desktop variants I'd guess. Though with all the fans in this thing, they should run pretty well.
  • It certainly seems thick enough...... However have you seen how massive (most) 1080's are? The mobile variants seem more likely. Let me see if I can find a specsheet.
  • Well I checked it. This seems to indicate that it will have the full 1080's in SLI. This is just badshit insane. Most likely you will torch your kneecaps with this :D
  • If I remember correctly, there are no mobile 10 series. Only regular 10 series that are going to be shoved in laptops. Because why not I guess. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well Nvidia talks specifically about a mobile line-up. Could just be these chips just go under the same name. Look
  • I think that they're essentially the same cards though, unlike other years, where it was a very different card (when they were known as the XXXM series). Seems that they're just clocked lower and maybe a bit different layout for heat
  • There aren't going to be mobile GTX-10 series GPUs. NVidia merged their desktop and mobile GPU line.
  • I'll admit it's powerful but it's ridiculous huge as well for a laptop. We step back 20 years in laptop design. For the ones who mention apple, it'll only come out with a gaming laptop when they can fit a good part of those specs their pro book.
  • How does the lid close with a curved screen? And also how is eye tracking supposed to work in Assassin's creed? We look at something in the corner and the camera centers on it? What if we keep looking at the corner? :P
  • I love it, finally a mobile gaming rig! Laptop, maybe not, but fully mobile, and it's what I ask for. Problem is the 6000€+ entry ticket now (there is another laptop with almost same spec but ****** screen for 6000€).
  • This is the first piece of hardware with Kaby Lake?
  • Makes me remember fondly my old HP Pavilion HDX "Dragon".