Acer Predator 17 X Review

Acer Predator 17 X GX-791-73FH Gaming Notebook comes with these high level specs: 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6820HK Processor 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.6GHz, Windows 10 Home, 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 32GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB SSD

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Acer Predator 17 X Review? One of those teams (of elegant design and performance test HD and 3D graphics) is the fruit more finishing line Predator of Acer, a computer with a large 17 – inch screen that combines elegance and solidity of decent performance Of a desktop computer. Acer Predator 17 X Revie:

  • Intel Core i7-6820HK Processor 2.7GHz (Up to 3.6GHz)
  • 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Screen with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 32GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB SSD, 1TB Hard Drive
  • Windows 10 Home, Up to 3-hours Battery Life

Acer Predator 17 X Specs

Portable Gaming and this time it’s serious: Acer Predator 17 X Review


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Acer has been manufacturing laptops since the very beginning of technology … Okay, this is about 30 years, but the fact is that few brands have managed to find a balance between quality and price, with the result of having become a benchmark in This is that the computer fits us in a bag that we take out there. Acer Predator 17 X Review:

But if a subject was left to the Taiwanese in the inkwell, it was certainly the one of the gaming. The figures of computers made to play that each day leave the shelves of the stores to collect in the homes of hundreds of thousands of happy gamers, is simply too large to overlook an industry as strong as it is interesting when your business Main is to make laptops.

Being totally sincere, Acer had already made timid approaches to the sector, which had been a mere toast to the sun in a sector that specializes as fast as it grows and the results had been equally tempered.

To finish a stroke with this lack of definition for the sector and make it clear that Acer is going to give everything in the gamer world, we recently introduced the Predator brand, a full range that not only responds perfectly to the needs of gamers Pro, but also with a style and characteristics frankly remarkable. In our hands has fallen the new ACER Predator 17X and we are convinced that if we talk about it a little, you will like it as much as we do, let’s do it.

Design

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

The aesthetics associated with the gamer world is starting to be a true standard, it is simple today to see a device, be it a mouse, keyboard, laptop or whatever and quickly see that it is a device made to play.

This is the case of the ACER Predator 17X. With an aggressive touch of led lines on the matt black casing, since we took the first look we see that the Acer Predator 17X is made for the tralla.

It has chosen a powerful logo that crowns the top of the case with a metallic touch and the truth is that despite the bulk of the device, does not give a feeling of plastic clutter absurd on the table. It is true that the chosen materials could have been somewhat more noble, but at the end of everything, the important thing is their behavior and durability and there is nothing to object to.

The design is perfectly focused to give an air of speed and of course, the ergonomics and the facility for heat dissipation is what it commands. With a red grid back and showing its great connection options on the sides, the ACER Predator 17X wakes up when we open the lid and roars when it is turned on.

The entire keyboard is backlit and is fully configurable in terms of brightness and color, even in zones. The WASD keys are unmarked in a transparent design and the area of ​​the mouse pad, is framed in a led sheet that delimits next to a button made to disable it if we wish.

In the right area we can see an area for macros that allows us to configure some very interesting quick configuration options.

Let’s face it, the ACER Predator 17X is a slightly heavy and robust computer, not too friendly for transport with its 4.23kg, but we must put value in the fact that playing in the best conditions has a cost and in the case of these Titans of the gaming, passes without a doubt by the bulky and relatively heavy of its apparatuses.

Only one conclusion, the ACER Predator 17X invites to play and having it at home shut down is little less than a crime. Let’s open it.

Connectivity

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

In this sense we can say that the ACER Predator 17X is almost perfect. To the 4 USB 3.0 that offer us almost total security that we will never miss one of these connections, we add a USB-C and a Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI output. This means that the output to an external monitor is perfectly trimmed, even to two of them.

For a laptop gamer, it is little less than essential an Ethernet connection that of course is present. Two very well positioned minijack outputs will allow us to use the helmets we want with no connection restrictions.

The SD card reader is equally present as it could not be otherwise. In general we can say that not only are there enough connectivity options for any need, but they are also located in the right places.

Point for you Predator.

Screen and audio

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

The test unit of the ACER Predator 17X that we have had in our test bench, assembles a screen IPS 1920 × 1080 of 17’3 “and of great quality with option of Gsync, in which however we have been able to detect certain light leaks On black background. There are similar models that mount 4k panels, but to this day, this seems to us unnecessary since the gaming experience is already very good with this setup and we do not see justified the highest resolution with what this entails.

The sound system consists of four loudspeakers and two subwoofers, which far exceeds the standard of gamer laptops and works especially well on bass frequencies. The sound is impressive and is able to fill a room even if it is large. If we are those who prefer to use helmets, we can recreate 7.1 virtual sound , offering excellent quality.

performance

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

We get to rock hard and the moment that really interests the vast majority. The ACER Predator 17X mounts an excellent i7 processor 6700HQ to 2600Mhz quite configurable and certainly powerful. On the Intel MH170 board, in addition to this processor, we found 16GB of DDR4 RAM that although it is more than enough for any current game, we would have liked to see how it reaches 32GB to also forget about the future of this. Fortunately, the dual hard drive system is a guarantee of agility and the speed of the 128GB SSD on which the operating system runs, we have a guarantee of speed and speed. If we want to store heavy things, we will have a second HDD of 800GB at 7200 Rpm more than capable.

But let’s get to the heart of the matter, the chosen graphic is the new series of Nvidia 10XX and specifically the GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated DDR5 RAM and that offers us a high performance for the majority of tasks that we want to entrust even being prepared for VR .

 

Our Benchmarks tests up to 19987 points in the case of 3D Mark 11. Not bad and this shows when we start to test games in the real world.

According to our tests, we have been able to play in high / very high configuration with a performance that has sincerely exceeded our forecasts. The new Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, moves in a comfortable 70-80 fps except in cases of extreme stress, but always within the good gameplay. A less demanding game like Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 that uses cel graphics shading runs to maximum graphic configuration at more than 80 fps. In the case of Dishonored 2, we can be talking about 60 fps, but yes, there are certain slowdowns that we attribute more to a failure in the driver than to the capacity of the device.

For the accomplishment of tasks beyond gaming as after effects, we have found a looseness and total comfort and it is very grateful to think in a professional vis that may well affect a high-end laptop like this.

Autonomy and cooling

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

The built-in battery in the Predator gives us about 6.5 hours of autonomy in web browsing and light use, whereas we can hardly be more than 1.5h using it at maximum performance with intensive expenditure of GPU. Nothing spectacular, but enough for most cases.

Speaking of cooling, this is an extremely well-cooled laptop. In addition to the reduction and heat dissipation ports that generate a temperature expulsion channel, there is an interesting additional option that works especially well. The Blue Ray reading unit can be ejected and replaced by an additional ventilation system and injected from the right side of the computer, fresh air that helps, and much, that the thermometer does not fire at times of need.

The selective use of active cooling brings with it some inevitable extra noise that in some of these devices becomes a problem, since it far exceeds the limit of comfort. Well, although the internal temperatures reach certain levels that may be somewhat higher than what would be desirable, this does not affect too much the generation of noise that is maintained in reasonable terms except in moments of maximum exigency.

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

The Acer Predator 17x is a team that stands out from the range of gamers’ equipment for an elegant yet innovative design , and a configuration that goes beyond the sphere of current games to launch into the clumps of Virtual Reality (or Augmented, which in both ways can and should be said).

Yes, the user read well: this is one of the counted laptops that can run without limitations games of the new generation VR.

If one of the disadvantages of the Predator 17 was a screen that was not all that was efficient (due mainly to the lack of G-Sync ), with the lesson well learned, Acer now offers a real rocket with the Predator 17x.

Not only is it a G-Sync computer (which powers dense and complex graphics, avoids pixelation and annoying green squares and crashes), but also incorporates an Nvidia GTX 980 GPU with sufficient capacity To exploit the possibilities of a good 17-inch screen, and a sixth-generation Intel processor.

Design

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

At first glance it seems that the Predator 17x inherited the dull black body of Acer equipment , but a closer look reveals the details that make the team shine among gamers’ environments: an aggressive angular design that narrows to the corners . The deck is decorated with energetic red stripes illuminated by LEDs when the equipment is on.

Built in black fiberglass , equipment is huge: 40 x 33 cm, with a thickness of 45 mm, and a weight of about four and a half kilos. It is certainly not a computer to use on the lap or to carry in the backpack.

The screen is separated from the computer by a high hinge, and its backlit keyboard is combined with areas lit red.
The first large variant of this Predator 17x is on the lower front, where the design has expanded to create a central air intake and two to the sides, remarked in red plastic: nourish the third of the cooling system fans, one Of the necessary additions to avoid risks.

Performance and graphics

Acer Predator 17 X Review

The 17x Predator comes armed with two high-performance chips. For the graphics, as already mentioned, an Nvidia GTX 980 GPU card , animated by a sixth-generation Intel Core i7-6820HK quad-core processor. More than enough for a smooth operation of last generation games

This configuration is complemented by an impressive 32 GB RAM in its basic configuration and expandable to 64 GB

The big news here is that the Predator 17x does not limit the user nor compels him to play at a certain speed. Thanks to the Predator-Sense application (included with a colorful button on the keyboard) you can increase the speed of the processor and the graphics card (by doing an automatic overclocking that prevents the user from learning tricks or instability in the system).

 

Storage

The equipment arrives with an internal memory of 512 GB in SSD (although, with extra payment, can order up to 2 TB) or up to 4TB in HDD.

screen

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

In this section the Predator 17x offers an LED display of impressive colors, fluid execution and surprising details. It has jumped from the mediocre 1080p resolution of the Predator 17 to an impressive 4K UHD IPS , and makes use of (finally) the NVIDIA G-Sync protocol , which avoids irregularities in the passage from one frame to the next, indispensable for all equipment game

Tests of various portals indicate that the screen of the Predator 17x offers up to 100% and the sRGB scale and in the Adobe RGB gamut, which guarantees an excellent image even conditions of natural light.

Audio

One of the advantages of having a large chassis is that there is plenty of room for the speakers, and the Predator 17 has 4 high fidelity speakers and a well defined and powerful bass subwoofer. The user can dispense with the use of headphones, but if you decide to use them you will enjoy a surround sound of powerful realism.

 

Keyboard

In the absence of a mechanical keyboard, the Predator 17x’s backlit display is efficient and responsive, responsive and with some interesting functions, such as the Game Bar that allows you to take captures and videos of games, and the aforementioned Predator-Sense , . It is also an excellent tool for creating macros and saving functions. It is illuminated in four zones, with attractive shades ranging from red to blue.

 

The touchpad is efficient, as long as it is not used to play. Any gamer knows that for this purpose there is no such thing as a good mouse

Ports

The Predator 17x comes with four USB 3.0 ports (one can be used as a charger), a Type-C USB port (reversible, for downloading or receiving data), UHD and HDMI outputs , Ethernet port , microSD card slot And microphone input and headphone output.

Heating

Thanks to its fiberglass chassis and a triple fan system (which makes use of extensive ventilations on the front of the equipment), the notebook stays below 32 degrees. Every hour, the fans reverse their sense to throw out the accumulated dust.

Battery

Connected to a WiFi network and in a game of demanding graphics, the load lasts more than six hours (according to Acer), and three hours according to tests of various users.

CONCLUSIONS

Acer Predator 17 X Review
Acer Predator 17 X Review

If you play on a computer or have done it at some point in your life, you have fantasized about having a piece of device like this. Apart from the enormous power that develops its entrails, its look and feel, the feelings that it transmits … Everything invites to play, even with more zeal than the own passion for the game should transmit to us. The ACER Predator 17X, makes you want to play, to teach it, to compete. In the minds of all is the fact that at the moment, any computer of these characteristics, supposes a major disbursement, but the truth is that in the case of Acer, have been mounted to be a more than reasonable option to which Many users can access without too much damage to their pockets. Having overcome this monetary obstacle, The purchase of the ACER Predator 17X should not be put on trial because the truth is that a major device that will allow us to enjoy the game at its best exponent.

With this Predator 17x, Acer corrects one of the shortcomings of its previous model (the Predator 17 ): the use of G-Sync and a superior graphics card, allowing the imminent passage of 3D games to those of RV : The screen 4K and GPU 980 so set . Perhaps a lower weight would be desirable , but if you want a desktop stability, sometimes you have to carry an extra on your back.

In favor:

  • A great option for a price
  • Our entry key to gaming through the big door
  • Aggressive and cool design
  • Very good power with noise content
  • Great connectivity

Against:

  • We have detected light leaks on the screen
  • Oh! We would love a mechanical keyboard
  • Autonomy could be better

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