Acer Predator 17 (7700Hq, Gtx 1070, Uhd) Laptop Review


Scythes through any game at 1080pImpressive sầu keyboard & trackpadGood screen & speakersSurprisingly good battery life

Key Specifications

Review Price: £1530.0017.3in 1,9trăng tròn x 1,080 screenHãng Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i7-7700HQ processorNvidia GeForce GTX 107016GB DDR4 RAM128GB SSD1TB hard disk1yr RTB warranty

What is the Acer Predator 17?

Since Nvidia found a way khổng lồ cram desktop PC specifications of its graphics chips inkhổng lồ notebooks, gaming laptops have sầu been enjoying something of a renaissance. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen old máy vi tính makers we’d long assumed retired from gaming rushing to get bachồng into lớn the market. The 2017 mã sản phẩm of the Predator 17 is Acer’s second attempt at this.

This behemoth gaming notebook doesn’t radically rework Acer’s năm 2016 offering, featuring an identical kiến thiết and screen, but the upgraded GPU và CPU options make it a solid improvement nonetheless. Sadly though, its slightly disappointing SSD performance means it remains a good, but not outstanding, gaming machine.

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Acer Predator 17 – Design

The Predator’s chassis remains as ostentatious as ever. Unlượt thích competing gaming laptop makers, such as Gigabyte and HP, Acer has intentionally designed the Predator to lớn be as over-the-top as possible, littering the 17.3-inch device with red flourishes and giant speaker grilles và người vents. Outside of the Asus ROG G701VI, there are very few laptops that look quite so ready for hardcore gaming.

The unsubtle looks aren’t helped by the Predator’s 3.5kg weight and 40milimet thickness, which are outright ridiculous, even by gaming máy tính standards. Make no mistake, this is a backbreaker of a laptop that won’t fit into lớn most standard bags and will likely spend the majority of its life on a desk.

Fortunately, Acer has done a reasonable job taking advantage of the Predator’s spacious chassis. Around its sides, you’ll find four USB 3 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, HDXiaoMi MI and DisplayPort outputs, and an SD thẻ reader. This connectivity will meet most people’s needs và means the Predator has enough ports lớn support VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive sầu.

Pop the rear panel and you’ll find two memory sockets (16GB Model tested) và an M.2 form-factor SSD.

I’m also a bạn of the fact Acer’s bundled a Cooler Master-branded ‘Frost Core’ in the box. The Frost Vi xử lý Core is an extra bạn you can swap the Blu-ray drive out for to provide extra cooling. Considering how few games come in disc format these days, I’d recommkết thúc most buyers vì the swap early on, especially if they plan to overcloông xã the GPU. Of course, if you’re a regular Blu-ray watcher then you can happily keep the disc drive sầu in play.

The ‘SoundPound’ (yes, really) 4.2 speaker system is another welcome addition. The setup combines four speakers và two subwoofers &, though not a replacement for a dedicated sound system, offers solid audio that’s easily loud enough to lớn drown out the sound of the laptop’s cooling fans.

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Build chất lượng is the only area where the Predator feels perhaps a little compromised. The chassis is generally solid, but the screen hinge noticeably flexes if you put a little pressure on. The wrist rest surrounding the keyboard also feels slightly cheap, & flexes when met with heavy typing. Nothing major, but worth pointing out all the same.

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Acer Predator 17 – Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard is otherwise pretty good. The fully backlit, RGB main keyboard has five programmable macro keys along its sides. FPS gamers will also be happy to lớn know the keyboard is programmable, thanks lớn the inclusion of Acer’s PredatorSense software, which lets you create colour patterns to match specific games’ control schemes.

The keys aren’t fully mechanical, but it’s a cut above the keyboards seen on many competing devices, like the HP Omen 17. Offering decent travel, being well spaced and with a rapid action, the keyboard is ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá for both gaming and typing.

The trackpad remains unchanged from the năm 2016 Predator, which is no bad thing. Unlike Acer’s other 17-inch laptop, the Helios 300, the trackpad is suitably spacious & firm khổng lồ the touch. The inclusion of dedicated left- & right-clichồng keys is also a welcome addition that makes accidental button presses a rarity.

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Acer Predator 17 – Display

The Predator 17’s screen also hasn’t seen any significant changes. The 17.3-inch panel has the same Full HD (19đôi mươi x 1080-pixel) resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio và is similarly G-Sync enabled.

Some people may bemoan the laông chồng of 1440p và 4K resolution options, but considering the screen’s kích thước, the resolution is hardly a deal-breaker. I’d rather have sầu the smoothness of G-Sync than a higher resolution display, personally. Of course, both would be even better but that’d push the price up somewhat.

The relatively deep 0.3 nits blachồng levels & bright 344nits trắng levels give sầu the Predator a usable 993:1 contrast ratio, which is par for the course in the gaming máy tính xách tay space. The 7458K colour temperature is a little cool for my liking, but is also pretty standard for a gaming notebook in the Predator’s price bracket.

Artists will bemoan the screen’s 63.2% Adobe RGB và 72.9% DCI colour gamut coverage, but again, this is pretty normal for gaming notebooks, & the Predator’s 86.4% coverage of the bog-standard sRGB colour space is more than adequate.