Let’s face it: You’re not going to buy Acer’s new gaming laptop, a 17.6-pound behemoth that defies the laws of beauty and elegance. Maybe if you skip college or get a job as a professional athlete, or maybe if you sell your car and take out a second mortgage on your house.
We first got a glimpse at the Predator 21 X at IFA last August, and it was just as absurd then as it is now. Only, we didn’t have a price for the gaming laptop when we first saw it. Now we do.
Acer announced at CES 2017 that the Predator 21 X will cost $8,999 when it’s made available next month. Holy crap.
The device isn’t going to win any beauty contests, but that’s not the point. The Predator 21 X is meant to be a machine for gaming, with specs that will make your eyeballs bleed.
Inside, the made-to-order laptop features two GeForce GTX 1080 X graphics cards, a seventh generation Intel Core i7 processor, support for up to 64GB of RAM, and space for up to four 512GB solid state drives.
In addition, the Predator 21 X comes with built-in Tobii eye-tracking, a mechanical keyboard with customizable backlight options, and a trackpad that can be flipped over to reveal a numeric keypad. It also sports four speakers and two subwoofers, along with five cooling fans.
Oh, and if the 21 in the Predator 21 X’s name didn’t give it away, the laptop sports a 21-inch curved display for maximum immersion. You’ll need to escape from reality after throwing down $9,000 on a laptop.
But can it play Crysis 3?
To go along with the Predator 21 X, Acer also introduced a few other laptops that are more moderately priced. There’s a Predator 17X, which starts at $2,599 (Kaby Lake i7 processor, GTX 1080 X), and the V 15 and V 17 Nitro notebooks, both of which sport Kaby Lake processors.
All of Acer’s new gaming laptops are set to launch next month, so start saving now. If your New Year’s resolution was to spend all your money on a single computer, well, the Predator 21 X might be the machine for you.