While Acer is giving a lot of love to the standard laptop scene through Intel Core Ultra, the gaming division Predator is pushing several new gears for gamers to enjoy this year at an even higher level than before. Let’s check them out.
We’ll go to the more “unconventional” stuff first with the new Predator Connect series of gaming routers. Created in partnership with Qualcomm, the new models are called the X7 5G CPE and T7 Wi-Fi 7 Mesh Router.
Both of them are powered by a Qualcomm quad-core processor that helps accelerate wireless connection through Spectrum Utilization with Wi-Fi 7 alongside improved MU-MIMO and OFDMA across connected devices.
For the former, the X7 5G CPE combines the power of 5G and Wi-Fi 7 Tri-Band BE11000 into a single package capable of delivering up to 3.5Gbps over 5G with only 1ms of latency. With compatible devices, the overlapping dual connectivity of 5G and ethernet can be utilized for load balancing and failover mechanisms for guaranteed uptime and quality of experience.
On the other hand, the T7 Wi-Fi 7 Mesh Router is quite simple – BE11000 combined throughput and easy setup into a mesh layout while enhanced with High-Band Multi-Link Simultaneous for covering each and every corner of the household.
Despite having their own strong suits, the Predator Connect series products are compatible with the Intel Killer Prioritization Engine that prioritizes certain data packets for lower latency while supporting Wi-Fi 7’s 320MHz channel support, 4K QAM, and Multi-Link Operations. Selected models with Multi-Link Mesh easily sets up a large coverage of high-speed wireless connection and with all this, easily manageable via the Acer Predator Connect utility app in addition to the built-in Trend Micro Home Network Security engine.
Both of them are still waiting for the finalization of pricing and release window.
As for the gaming monitors, a total of 4 has been released but I think the most bonkers out of them is the Predator Z57 which comes at this monstrous size and basically contains double the horizontal estate of 4K displays so that you can more ultrawide in your ultrawide.
Otherwise, the rest of the 3 is also part of the premium lineup with exquisite OLED options with super high refresh rate and responsive panels, or the new version of the Predator X34 now with MiniLED technology for even better brightness and contrast control.
Here’s a quick summary for all of them so that you can skip me yapping about the same thing.
|Predator X34 V3
Predator X34 X
|MiniLED (2304 Zones)
|2x HDMI 2.1
1x DisplayPort 1.4
|VESA DisplayHDR 1000
VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black
|VESA mounting points-compliant, 2x 10W speakers
|Wall-mount compatible, 2x 5W speakers
Aside from these, all of them are AMD FreeSync Premium-certified for tearless and smooth gameplay in addition to a USB-C upstream port capable of doing 90W power delivery and DP Alt mode for those who need it.
The reference price and release window are as below.
|Model / Region
|USD2,499.99 starting Q2
|EUR2,399 starting Q2
RMB17,999 starting Q1
Predator X34 V3
|USD1,499.99 starting Q2
|EUR1,499 starting Q2
RMB9,999 starting Q1
|USD1,299.99 starting Q2
|EUR1,299 starting Q2
RMB8,999 starting Q1
Predator X34 X
|USD899.99 starting Q2
|EUR849 starting Q2
RMB5,999 starting Q1
As for the “3034” gamers who only game in 3D nowadays can look forward to the new SpatialLabs desktop monitor and gaming laptop.
We’ll take a look at the Predator SpatialLabs View 27 first. This piece of oddly shaped display continues the stereoscopic 3D output with the latest 3D Ultra mode that utilizes the 2nd virtual camera to create an even greater depth and geometry while offering a wider collection of 3D stereo configurations so that gamers can pick the one to their liking.
With more titles getting support over the years, a lot of the popular ones already support ‘One-Click Game’ that launches supported games in pre-configured 3D profiles. Additionally, the Acer Immerse Audio provides complimenting 3D spatial sound through the dual 2.5W speakers that track head position and even beam forms acoustic transmission as well.
Paper specs-wise, it is a 2D-3D switchable 4K panel with 160Hz refresh rate, 400 nits brightness, color accuracy of Delta E<2, and AMD FreeSync + NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible.
A “Pro” version will be released for professional creators and developers down the line.
For the laptop, it is the Aspire (Yeah, not a Predator I know) 3D 15 SpatialLabs Edition machine equipped with an Intel Core i7-13620H CPU and NVIDIA Geforce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU alongside up to 32GB RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage. Under the hood, the TwinAir tech plus 3x copper pipes easily expel heat from the internals to keep performance top-notch.
The special sauce is still served this year with the SpatialLabs Experience Center Pro which contains various applications and add-ons ready to be used by enthusiasts and casual creators. Other than that, the proprietary AI model transforms live content from 2D to 3D in real time including photos, videos, games, you name it.
Speaking of the display, it is a 15.6-inch 2D03D switchable IPS 4K panel with a 100% Adobe RGB color gamut that is just the great spot for actual professionals.
Additionally, easily hop onto video calls with crisp video feed and speech thanks to the AI-powered PurifiedView and PurifiedVoice filtering algorithm and features.
Creators can import and convert CGI and CAD files easily to inspect 3D illustrations with even greater details or for those needing OpenXR/SpatialLabs Unity/SpatialLabs Unreal Engine plugins, the machine can do it all and is prepared for it.
And yes, the Windows Copilot button for that hint of AI goodness.
Now for the price, the monitor is set at USD1,999 available in Q2 or EUR,1999 available in Q1 while the laptop starts from USD1,399.99/EUR1,499/RMB14,999, and the launch window is February/March/April.