Lisa Gade reviews the Acer Predator 21 X, a gaming laptop in name only since it weighs 18.74 lb. / 8.5kg and has a 21” curved widescreen display. While it’s neither terribly portable nor affordable, the venerable Predator 21 X was intended to show off Acer’s high end design prowess for gaming products. The laptop runs Windows 10 on the Intel Core i7-7820HK overclockable quad core 45 watt Kaby Lake 7th gen CPU with two NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 graphics cards in SLI. It has 64GB DDR4 2400 MHz RAM, 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD in RAID0, a 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and a Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard. There’s a right mounted trackpad that can be flipped to a number pad.
The 21” 2560 x 1080 IPS matte curved display is stunning with extremely high color gamut and excellent brightness. The Predator 21 X has 5 fans, two 330 watt power supplies and is delivered in a box the size of a large dorm fridge. A Pelican stye roller case with stainless steel bearing wheels is included (as big as a large suitcase!). A wrist rest, alternate WASD key caps and power brick holder is included for $8,999.