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Is the world’s first 21-inch curved gaming laptop screen actually worth it?

Acer have unleashed their latest gaming laptop, the Predator 21 X, and it is an absolute monster both in size and capabilities.

Unveiled for the very first time on Australian shores at IEM Sydney, the mammoth machine weighs in at 8.8 kilograms and has the world’s first ever 21-inch curved notebook screen.

The revolutionary contours of the screen are designed to follow the shape of the human eye, allowing your line of sight and senses to fully wrap themselves around what’s happening on the screen.

As for the horsepower, this beast packs a punch ā€“ and rightly so, with a price tag of around $AUD12,500!

Underneath the hood, the 21 X has two ā€“ TWO! ā€“ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs to accompany the 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, making it one of the most graphically powerful pieces of machinery on the market.

I managed to sneak in some game-time myself on the Predator just moments after the reveal, having a run-around on Ghost Recon Wildlands, and it was just something else.

On top of the 2560x1080pr and 21:9 aspect making the game that much more visually stunning, the feature that stood out the most was the Tobii Eye Tracking. It’s not a technology I knew much about beforehand, but I’m a fan now.

Sensors built into the base of the screen detect and monitor your head positioning and eye movements. The idea is that when you move your head to look to a certain point on the screen, Tobii will track that movement and shift the line of sight in the game accordingly.

It resembles VR technology, where the game follows your physical movements as opposed to the movements of a mouse of keyboard.

Speaking of keyboards, there’s a cool feature involving a removable num-pad on the right side. It sits as a block that can be taken out with ease, then flipped over and placed back in the same socket as a touch-pad. And if you’re distracted by pretty, flashing colours, then you might have a hard time with his one, because the keyboard custom lights up depending on each individual key you press.

For all you spec-heads, the new Predator also carries dual GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards, 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory, 7200 RPM hard drive with a 1TB capacity, and up to four 512GB solid state drives.

While incredibly impressive, it’s not awfully practical as a traditional laptop. Gaming notebooks are a whole different kettle of fish, but the sheer weight and size make this Predator nearly immovable, taking away from the portability that defines a laptop.

The accompanying carry case looks like military hardware for transporting some kind of explosive, but it does come with a mountain of padding and protection that keeps your hefty investment safe. If we want to keep nit-picking, then the curved screen does create a slight issue when closed. Due to the lid being bowed, there’s a gap when you close the screen.

Overall, this is one mean machine that has all the gear, features and specs to keep any gamer inside for the next 743 days, which you need, because you can’t really take it anywhere.

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