Acer India, one of the largest PC vendors in the country, today took the wraps off of its world renowned line of gaming series, Predator, that encompasses diverse form factors of Notebook, Desktop, Projector and Gaming monitor . This eagerly anticipated line of gaming series boasts a veritable range straddling four innovative products that work in tandem with each other providing a seamless immersive experience to the gaming aficionados. The notebooks which have been powered by the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors come with high-performance NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics while the Acer Predator G6-710 gaming desktop has been redesigned with up to 64GB DDR4 dual-channel memory for super smooth and high powered game-play.
The gaming series also includes unveiling of the Acer Predator X34 Curved Gaming Monitor which brags of a 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide QHD display accompanied by NVIDIA®’s G-SYNC™ technology which makes it the world’s first curved monitor to have the technology, also giving it a competitive advantage. Likewise, the fairly compact-sized yet powerful Predator Projector Z650 makes the gaming experience quite complete.
Announcing the launch of Predator in India, S. Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India, said, “The Predator range of products delivers the performance needed for a fun, immersive and powerful gaming experience. One of the fastest growing sectors in the Indian media and entertainment industry, gaming, is an emerging segment which ACER is well equipped to dominate. Our relentless pursuit of technological excellence led us to launch this cross-platform offering making it one of its kind in the entire IT industry. It is a proud moment for the entire team at Acer, to array this exciting range of stellar products to the discerning Indian consumer. ”
“We are thrilled to unveil our new Predator gaming machines for hardcore gamers. With its innovative armour design and unbeatable features, the product is as fascinating on the outside as it is on the inside. ACER has time and again shown its focus on reinventing productivity with the help of technology. With the launch of this product, we aim to position ourselves as a new age media and entertainment brand, with a thrust on high-end gaming; going beyond ACER’s current perception of a computing-only brand. We are facilitating gamers with bleeding edge technology that is proven and reliable, considerably improving their gaming experience” said Chandrahas Panigrahi, Senior Director – Consumer Business, Acer India
Acer Predator 15 and 17 – Powerful and Flexible Gaming Device Designed For hardcore gamers
The Predator gaming notebook comes loaded with powerful 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors with high-performance NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, Ultra-fast DDR4 memory, PCIe solid state drives, Advanced Cooling and Stellar Audio Capabilities to deliver the ultimate gaming experience. The sporty red accents compliment the black chassis with symmetric lines and soft texture coating for extra grip and gaming ergonomics.
With the fast rendering graphic components bundled within the notebook, a user can explore seamless Hi-Def content without the issue of any lag. The notebook also features ‘Killer DoubleShot Pro’, a new technology that enables Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections to work together for the ultimate high-speed attack. The ‘Killer Network Manager’ determines the attributes of each link and dedicates connections to each and every app.
The Predator 15 notebook line includes models with 15.6-inch Full HD or 4K (3840×2160) Ultra HD panels. The Predator 17 notebooks feature 17.3-inch Full HD displays. Both lines support up to three displays including one NVIDIA G-SYNC™ monitor for the ultimate in-gaming visuals and realism.
Triple Fan Design Keeps it Cool
For extreme gamers who need to keep their notebook operating at lower temperatures, Predator FrostCore allows them to further enhance their notebook’s performance as needed. It consists of a swappable Cooler Master® fan module, exclusive to Acer, which can be inserted into the notebook’s optical disk drive bay to cool down intense gaming sessions.
Acer’s dust protection system, Predator DustDefender, uses dual high-speed fans with reverse rotation to remove dust build-up which improves heat dissipation and minimizes noise. The fan blades utilize an ingenious dust propelling mechanism at an extremely high speed to vastly improve air flow around high-performance components. By removing dust and maintaining a cool temperature, Predator DustDefender enhances user comfort, extends the notebook’s lifespan and ensures that the performance is consistent.
Lastly, the CoolBoost technology allows for custom adjustments to the fans’ airflow. A Turbo Mode option delivers maximum fan speed and cooling power when heavy use requires an added boost.
PredatorSense Gaming Control Panel
The new notebooks also feature the PredatorSense gaming control panel, which provides customization and control of gaming features, including macro programmable keys for up to 15 in-game shortcuts and adjustable lighting controls. The Predator ProZone backlit keyboard is divided into four lighting zones which can be lit or dimmed individually along with a programmable key. In addition, a dedicated physical key allows gamers to lock both the Windows key and touchpad quickly to prevent accidental invoking.
Acer cranks up the entertainment value with SoundPound, a combination of various captivating audio features. Predator 17 models feature SoundPound 4.2, which includes four built-in speakers and two subwoofers, delivering 12 watts of sound, while Predator 15 models feature SoundPound 2.1, which includes two speakers and one subwoofer, for six watts of sound. In addition, Dolby® Audio™ surround sound enhances the overall sound quality, while both notebooks support studio quality headphones of up to 600 Ohm impedance.
4K Strikingly realistic visual experience
4K delivers incredibly high resolution and outstanding picture quality with low power consumption for long-lasting viewing. The technology enhances every image to bring out each spectacular detail by four times the resolution of Full HD.
Predator G6 and G3 Desktop – “Unstoppable Fighting Machine”
Powered by the latest 6th Generation Intel® Core® i7-6700K processors, the Acer Predator G6 series delivers maximum power by utilizing the massive potential of the Intel processor, the latest Windows 10 OS, and a market-dominating 64GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory. This huge amount of RAM future proofs the G6 against new game releases, and lets the users to play, stream, work or have any other computing intensive tasks running with ease. The “One-Punch” CPU over clocking capability is combined with the IceTunnel cooling system to keep the system chilled at excess speeds, giving players an overwhelming power boost to take them through any tricky in-game situation. All of this is monitored and controlled from the PredatorSense control hub, which offers full running stats such as CPU clock rate, temperature and the fan speed. Players can also adjust the lighting, fan and the over-clock stage through the portal.
To see this power turned into action, the G6 runs on NVIDIA’s® GeForce® GTX 980 with UHD 4K2K (3840 x 2160) display capabilities. Paired with a matching high resolution monitor, such as the curved Predator Z35 with G-SYNC technology, even the most demanding gamer can enjoy incredible visuals, free from stuttering.
Intimidating Visuals and Sound
The G6 comes with Creative Sound Blaster™ X-Fi MB5 (with Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX®) 5.0 and 5.1 channel audio support) with new UI and customizable personal sound profile so users can tune the system to a new level of audio immersion. Whether on headphones, external speakers or the unit’s audio hardware, the ability to clearly hear specific sounds in a gaming environment is the key to the whole experience and it’s just one of a few elements of SBX Pro Studio that supports optimum gaming, video and audio across the board. With four audio jacks, this unit is also perfect for group play.
All this is packed into a radically redesigned armour-like shell crafted to look the part of an unstoppable fighting machine. The casing allows for a bi-directional inflow of air to enable the IceTunnel cooling, and also houses the expansion slots (1 x PCI-E X16 slot, 2 x PCI-E X1 slots, 2 x M.2 slots), letting the beast support up to 4TB of storage (expandable by a further 512GB with SSD). Outfitted with the included SteelSeries APEX RAW keyboard, SteelSeries Sensei RAW gaming mouse and lavish USB port provision (6 x USB 3.0/ 2 x USB 2.0), there’s ample room to add in any extra peripherals a gamer would love to get their hands on.
Predator Z650 Projector – Gaming Projector Supporting WirelessHD
Predator Z650 puts users in command of any gaming event. Predator Z650’s short-throw technology lets you display a huge image almost anywhere, to an extent that the user will be able to project a 100” image from just 1.5 meters. The projector makes the gaming experience a grand one; From surveying the battleground with soldiers to preparing for a truly monumental experience, the gamers can fight on an enormous scale and feel the thrill of the gaming world.
High resolution gaming is facilitated by its 1080p Full HD projection. 20,000:1 contrast ratio delivers the most vivid image, such that black and white create the highest contrast possible. Games will look crisp and clear, even when you blow them up to massive screen sizes. Z650 features an RGBRGB color wheel called ColorPurity. It produces a wider color gamut and creates pure color with abundant color gradations. The use of sRGB mode guarantees color consistency across devices and eliminates the deviation in color reproduction. Gamers also have the option to connect Z650 with the PC that supports HDMI® 3D and the 3DTV Play™ software kit in order to transform hundreds of PC games into immersive stereoscopic 3D thrill. Wireless technology makes it easy to share games.
Acer ColorBoost3D combines a 6-segment color wheel design with DLP™ chip and lamp power control capability, improving color performance for both 2D and 3D visuals. Acer ColorSafe II prevents excess yellow hues, so that color fidelity is preserved even after prolonged use. Experience the thrill of game with brilliant color. With DTS Sound 10W x 2 stereo speakers built in, users are free to take the Z650 anywhere without bringing a sound system. Users can also create a custom splash screen by capturing an image from the game.
World’s First Curved 34-Inch Acer Predator X34 Gsync Gaming Monitor
The new 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide Gsync Predator X34 monitor, the world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, provides an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears. DTS® sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminum base and ambient lighting options, all these create an exciting entertainment experience with style.
The monitor features IPS display panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, giving a wider field of view and increased perceived area of peripheral vision compared to a flat display of the same size. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut, delivering accurate color reproduction desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts for precise color matching across applications and print output. The curved screen puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the customer’s eyes, making the broadcast uniform.
Designed with ergonomics in mind, the monitor can be tilted from -5° to 35° and adjusted vertically up to 130 mm, allowing the user to adjust the monitor to the most comfortable viewing angle. It also features flicker-less technology to lessen eye fatigue for a more comfortable gaming or working experience. It supports DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub which supports high-speed charging of smartphones and other devices.
Acer Predator Z35 G Sync Gaming
The Acer Predator Z35 is a 35-inch curved ultra-widescreen G-Sync display with a VA panel, aimed at gamers looking for ultimate performance. Its standard refresh rate is a significant 144Hz, and can be raised all the way to 200Hz, in what is one of the highest refresh rates in a consumer gaming display. Display inputs include DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a. Other features include 9W stereo speakers with Dolby HD audio, and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub.
The futuristic Acer Predator Z35 monitor is powered by an advanced 35” AMVA 8-bit RGB panel with 2560*1080 resolution and 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. The panel has 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 4ms grey-to-grey response time. Other key specs include 2560 x 1080 pixels native resolution, viewing angles of 178°/178°and 300 cd/m² maximum brightness.
The new Predator Z35 monitor fully supports Nvidia G-Sync technology, which matches monitor’s refresh rate with a GPU’s rendering rate on a frame-by-frame basis to provide smooth gaming experience, as well as the company’s new ultra-low motion blur (ULMB) backlight strobing technology. It supports DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI interfaces and comes with two DTS Sound 9W speakers. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the monitor can be tilted from -5° to 25° and adjusted vertically up to 130 mm.
ESSENTIAL GAMING ACCESSORIES COME ALONG WITH THE NOTEBOOK
PREDATOR GAMING MOUSE – Predator Gaming Mouse brings together unmatched performance, an all-new design, and high levels of customization to make it the ultimate professional-grade, right-handed mouse. This mouse offers cutting-edge features including an optical sensor with zero acceleration, new long-lasting switches (> 30 million clicks), and ideal ergonomics for enhanced comfort.
The ergonomic grip is accentuated by the injection molded rubber side grips and intuitive, ergonomic button placement. Predator Gaming Mouse can be customized through a host of features including response time, adjustable buttons, dual lighting zones, custom tuning settings, and a 3D printable nameplate. Predator Gaming Mouse surpasses the competition in performance, features and value.
PREDATOR GAMING MOUSEPAD – Predator Mousepad is a one-of-its-kind progressive product when it comes to high-end surfaces. Engineered for maximum glide and long-lasting durability, its performance is unmatched. It features a heavy, no-slip silicone base with heat-bound edging to prevent fraying under long-term use.
It is water resistant so you can wash it off when needed. Designed in collaboration with gamers, Predator Mousepad is a highly-responsive surface that delivers precise mouse tracking. The speed-optimized surface minimizes the feel of friction making it one of the fastest surfaces on the market.
PREDATOR GAMING HEADSET – Predator Gaming Headset features major enhancements in sound quality and comfort plus the addition of a built-in microphone that can be retracted into the ear-cup – making it virtually invisible. Every element of Predator Gaming Headset has been optimized for gaming, making the headset a preferred piece of equipment for the worlds’ best competitive PC gamers – the most demanding set of headset users in the world.
Sporting superb 50mm driver units, the full-size headset dramatically boosts overall acoustic performance, while the closed type ear cups are built from a sound dampening foam offering passive noise reduction.
PREDATOR GAMING UTILITY BACKPACK
Predator Gaming Utility Backpack is made to endure tough conditions on-the-go. The bag is light in weight and with the durable 1680D ballistic exterior, it is tear and water resistant. Likewise, the zippers are water repellent and the military-grade coating on top and bottom of the bag helps elude rain and mud while on the road trip.
Versatile front and side pocket access, in addition to considerable padded interior securely pack all the gaming gears and precious travel necessities in well-organized compartments. Ventilated back panel, soft padded shoulder straps and adjustable chest buckle keeps one cool and comfortable when they march on.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Predator 15 and Predator 17 notebook lines, shipping with Windows 10, will be available in India in April with an MRP of Rs 1,79,000/-
The Acer Predator G series desktop PC will be available in India from May with prices starting at Rs. Rs 120000.
The Acer Predator range of monitors starts from Rs 39,000 and goes upto Rs 1,10,000 for the top of the line Z35 Curved Gaming Monitor. It will be available from April onwards
The Acer Predator Z650 Projector will be available in India at a price of Rs 1,29,000