Acer Predator 17 Review : Powerful Gaming Gig

Currently, there are not lots of people who use PC for gaming or some other intense works. People can find lots of laptops that offers solid power for gaming as well as productivity tasks. If you used to work on the desktop for various purpose ranging from playing games or working on some very intense graphical tasks. The main disadvantage of the desktop was its stable positioning; you can’t move that to any place. The desktop replacement laptops are here to give you all the advantage you get from the PC, but here you can move it from one place to other based on your comfort level. This doesn’t mean that you can carry it anywhere you go, but still you would be able to use it anywhere in your home.

Acer has made its own niche in the laptop space with some of its best notebooks in various categories. The company has now come up with a solid and powerful gaming system named Acer Predator 17. The laptop comes at the price of $2,600, which makes it bit pricey but the laptop has plenty of things to offer at this price. The laptop has some cool things to offer at this price. The laptop comes with some useful first party software. The laptop is a real gaming monster that will handle anything you throw at it. More importantly, the device can play almost any games available without any problem. While its display could have been better, the Acer Predator 17 comes with lots of features at this price to make its own position in the gaming laptop space.

Now, I am pretty sure that you have lots of questions regarding this laptop like, is this laptop worth spending money on? Does this system fulfill all your expectations of a mainstream gaming system? Is this a good laptop to buy for your desktop replacement? Is this a good laptop for you? To get the answer to all these questions go to this post for detailed review and specification of this

Design

The design of the Predator 17 is awesome; it comes with black and red color scheme reminding us of 80s villain. Its chassis is made of a matte finish plastic, which gives the device a soft touch. With this much price the, we thought its plastic body would look cheap, but its matte finish gives it a pleasant and smooth touch. We are not sure about whether this laptop will survive a fall or not, but it is certain that it will be more than enough for day to day work.

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The Acer predator 17 is a giant gaming laptop, as it measures 16.7 x 12.7 x 1.6 inches and weighs 9.2 pounds. This laptop is larger and heavier than other competitor gaming laptop like the Aorus X7 Pro-Sync (which measures 16.8 x 12.0 x 0.9 inches and weighs 7.2 pounds) and the Asus G751Jy (Which measures 16.4 x 12.5 x 0.9 inches and weighs 8.4 pounds). This is a good laptop for playing the game, but if you are planning to take it with you at every place, you are wrong folks.

The design of the laptop is good if not amazing. The red highlights on the back of the cover, W, A, S and D keyword and two front speakers looks pretty good. A big Predator logo is placed at the lids, whereas the rest of the device comes in blacks and gray colors.

Display

The Predator 17 comes with a 17.3 inch LED display with 1920 x 1080 full HD display, I was expecting a higher resolution display. But this display is bright and its colors are very amazing. The screen produces sharp details image. The display produces very detailed and crisp images, which was completely evident when I was watching a movie on the system. The display looked good in every scenario like during playing games or watching games. When I watched an HD video on this system, it looks very crisp, clear and sharp but the screen was pretty bright. The screen is very good and will give solid multimedia along with gaming experience.

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On the light meter, the brightness of its screen measures 307 nits, which is more than the 293.57 nits average score of this category laptops. The display of the laptop is brighter than the display of the Aorus X7 (which registered 264 nits) but dimmer than the Asus G751JY 2015 (which registered 331 nits).

Its screen also reproduces 116 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which is much more than 112.83 percent score of this category average. The sRGB spectrum score of this gaming laptop is better than the Asus G751JY 2015 (which measures 107 percent of the sRGB spectrum) and the Aorus X7 (which measures 102 percent of the sRGB spectrum).

Keyboard and Touchpad

Acer Predator comes with a full size backlight keyword. The keyword is not as good as a mechanical keyboard of MSI G680 titan, but it not bad either. The keyboard sometimes felt resistant but is comfortable for playing games as well as some other stuff. The space between the keys is pretty good and its backlight is also bright. The travel distance of the keys is 1.42 mm, which is on par with 1.5 mm comfortable travel distance of the mainstream laptop, which makes this keyboard pretty comfortable for typing even for longer duration. The keys of this laptop also require 60 grams of actuation weight for pressing them. When I was testing the keyboard on 10fastfinger.com, I typed 67 words per minute, which is much more than my average 60 words per minute on this category laptop.

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The keyboard of a gaming rig would not complete until we get some interesting light show. For customizing the light of the keyboard, the company has added really interesting and cool lighting features. It has five extra keys on the left side of the keyword, which can be used to activate Acer’s exclusive features. The exclusive features of Acer included Game Bar, which allows you to take game photos and screenshots. You can also program and store three different profiles on these keywords. The keyboard also comes with four different light zones.

The laptop comes with a 4.2 x 2.6 inches touchpad, which is smooth and responsive. The touchpad responded to our responses pretty quickly and also has enough space to let you navigate throughout the screen comfortably. The large and discrete mouse buttons felt a bit stiff, but not uncomfortable. The touchpad is very smooth and responsive, it responded pretty quickly to all my inputs. The touchpad also responded well to all kinds of multi-touch gestures. Overall the touchpad of this gaming system is very good and comfortable to use.

Ports and Webcams

The Acer Predators 17 comes with a pretty good number of ports and you can also use all the ports. The laptop has four USB 3.0 ports, one of which can be used to charge the system while the laptop is turned off. It also comes with one USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a headphone jack, one microphone jack, a Display Port, an Ethernet port, an SD card and a Kensington lock slot. The system also features a Blu-ray drive slot, which can be swapped for one more fan if you want.

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The Predator comes with 720p webcam, which is not as good as we expected. It took grainy pictures in the bright room. Its webcam and mike are decent, which can be used for Hangouts and Skype. The camera is not good if you want to record shows and live games on your laptop.

Performance

The Acer Predator 17 comes with 2.6 Ghz Intel Core i7 processor and 32 GB RAM (which can be upgraded to 64 GB) and 1 TB of Solid-State Drive (SSD). his system is really a monster laptop for all your multitasking and gaming works. The system is so powerful that it didn’t even bother any normal tasks like playing casual games, watching movies and some other daily works. The laptop works perfectly fine when I was watching HD video in four tabs and downloading games in the background while running full system scan in the background. The laptop also performed well in the performance test.

On GeeKbench 3 test, which is used to measure overall performance, this gaming laptop scored 13,524 points, which is way more than 12,541.26 average scores of this category laptop and most of its competitor laptops. The score is better than 12,632 and 13,271 of The Aorus X7 and Asus G751JY respectively.

The 1 TB storage space of the system is speedy but not as fast as its rivals. The transfer speed of its hard drive is 508.96 MB per second, which is less than 545.85 MB per second transfer speed of this category average and almost all other laptops of this category. The transfer speed of this gaming system is also less than 848.21 MB per second of the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro, but much more than 339.3 and 505.96 speed of the Asus G751JY along with the Alienware 17 respectively.

Graphics

The Acer Predator 17 comes with an Nvidia GTX 980M graphics card along with 16 GB of Video memory. The laptop is a really powerful laptop with this configuration. This laptop is more than enough for handling all kinds of games. This doesn’t mean that you have to wait for better performance on your laptop, as it has more than enough for knocking on all your opponents on the graphics front.

The laptop performed very well on the graphics benchmark test. On the Metro Last Light test with Ultra graphics settings at 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, the system hits 38 frames per second, which are more than 32.63 frames per second average score of this category. Its score is also more than most of its competitor laptops like the Alienware 17 (which hits 37 fps), Aorus X7 (which hits 22 frames per second) and the Asus G751JY (which hits 20 fps).

The device also comes with integrated graphics card, which allows users to save power, while working on normal works like checking mail or watching any movies. This graphics card can be used, when you are not using the laptop for gaming and some productivity tasks.

On 3DMark Fire Strike graphics test, the system scored 8,437 points, which are more than 7,988.09 average scores of this category system. This 3DMark score is much more than the Aorus X7 (which scored just 4,632) but on par with the Asus G751JY 2015 (which hits 8,522 points).

On 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmarks, this system scored 129,485 points, which are much more than 125,569.62 average scores of this category system. The 3DMark score is much more than the Aorus X7 (which scored just 105,095) but little more than the Asus G751JY 2015 (which hits 126,901 points).

Audio

This gaming monster from Acer comes with a solid Speakers and subwoofers. The speakers of the laptop produce really good and loud sound. The sound quality was loud enough to fill the entire room with rich and clear sound. This system gives you feels of the concert at your home. The audio of the laptop is enough for anything from watching movies to playing games without using headphones. You don’t need any headphones or speakers for playing games or even listing music on this laptop, it filled my entire room with solid and loud sound. Overall, the sound quality of this system is astonishing and very impressive without any doubt. The system is defiantly going to shake your world with its speakers and subwoofers.

The laptop also features Dolby Audio software, which allows users to customize the audio according to your tastes. The software comes with four optimization options that include Music, Voice, Movie, and Game. You can also make your own audio settings. The laptop sounded very well for all works including Music, Movies, and games.

Heat and Noise

The weight of Predators might be concerned while putting it on your lap for a long time, but it won’t burn you. This powerhouse did a very good job in controlling the heat. When we tested the laptop on our test, the laptop remains cool during our testing time. The touchpad and keyboard remain cool and registered just 80 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit, which is less than our threshold 95 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. The bottom of the system also remains cool during our testing time, which reached just 82 degrees Fahrenheit, which is also less than our threshold value.

The laptop comes with two fans at the rear side, which don’t make much noise while playing games. The laptop also features DustDefender Technology, which reverses the fan in every three hours to clean the dust. The fans are loud, but as laptop comes with even louder speaker, it doesn’t make much difference.

Battery Life

You cannot expect very long battery life for a desktop replacement system, but this system performed pretty well on battery life. This powerhouse system lasted 7 hours and 4 minutes in the battery test, which means its battery life is much longer than this category average (which is 4 hours and 34 minutes). We test the battery by continuously using the laptop for surfing over Wi-Fi. The battery life of this laptop is much longer than what company promised. The battery life of this laptop is longer than the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (which lasted 3 hours and 08 minutes), the Asus G751JY (which lasted 3 hours and 46 minutes) and the Alienware 17 (which lasted 6 hours and 17 minutes).

Configurations

The Acer Predator 17 Comes with three different variants: the G9-791-78CE, the G9-791-735A and our reviewed unit the G9-791-79Y3. All three laptops come with almost similar features, except RAM and GPU. The G9-791-78CE and the G9-791-735A come with 16 GB of RAM and Nvidia GTX 970M GPU. The 735A comes at the price of $1,600, whereas the 78CE comes at the price of $2,100.

The company also offers a 15-inch Predator laptop at the price of $2,500. This Predator 15 comes with 15-inch display and almost similar specifications as the reviewed product. The main difference the small and big Predator is the speakers, as the Predator 15 comes with two 6 watt speakers and one subwoofer. It battery life is also almost one hour longer than its big brother.

Software and Warranty

The Acer Predator 17 features some pretty good and useful exclusive software. It comes with PredatorSense and Killer DoubleShot gaming oriented software. PredatorSense lets its users customize lighting zones as well as programming of macros keyboard. Killer DoubleShot helps Wi-Fi and Ethernet to reach faster internet speeds

Acer offers two years limited warranty with its Predator 17 laptop. The warranty of the laptop includes hardware tech support and parts. Its phone and internet support are also pretty good, in case you need any assistance.

Conclusion

The Acer Predator 17 comes with very good configurations and one of the best laptop currently available right not. Though it would have come with more resolution display, but you be disappointed with this screen also. As compared to other laptops in this price range, it offers better battery life and overall performance.

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If you are planning to buy a laptop for gaming purpose and don’t travel much, this Acer Predator 17 is a very good choice. This device has lots to offer. Its sound quality is amazing and so is its extra software suite. The overall performance of the device is also very good. It’s fast and comfortable keyboard and longer battery life makes its perfect choice for any workstation system. If you love playing video games, you must consider this device. The laptop offers everything it has promised.

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