When we last wrote about the Predator 17 inch, we were astounded at how big it was and how it promised not to compromise on performance. After using it as our primary machine for gaming and processing intensive tasks, this is what we found.
|Acer Predator 17 review|
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Battery life differs depending on your usage. If you are using the Predator 17 for internet, office and clerical works like word documents, spreadsheets, e-mail and the like, you're battery life will be around the 5 to 6 hour mark. If you watch 720 HD movies, youtube and the like, you're battery will be around the 3 to 4 hour mark, but let's be honest, you'll be playing games on this thing so, when I was playing Rainbow Six Siege on battery with the power saving picture, I was able to get 1080P at 30fps for an hour and thirty minutes. It surprised us too.
I would advice plugging it in for optimum 1080P gameplay as rainbow six siege with HD textures at 60fps is amazing in this thing.
Marketed with 4.2 surround sound, it has 4 speakers and 2 sub woofers that take your mobile gaming experience to a whole new level.
|Speakers on this side|
You can hear the lows, the mids and the highs clear and distinct. The subwoofers are aimed downwards which disperses the sound in a smooth crawling fashion. The soundstage is one of the widest we've ever heard from a laptop. This can beat several dedicated speakers.
It was great that, we were able to play Rainbow Six Siege on this thing because one of the strengths of that game was its sound design.
The sound design of the game was made so you can hear footsteps, shields, gunshots, and etc from the direction of the door or windows where the sound is created. Sound is a big part of being able to get your advantage in that game, and this laptop's Sound Quality does not disappoint.
|Pretty keyboard light|
This thing carries a desktop class processor with the NVIDIA 980M and 16 GB RAM. This can take the latest graphic intensive games like the Witcher 3 and Rainbow Six Siege at 1080P, 60 fps. This was in either Medium to High Settings. We have screenshots below for your viewing pleasure.
We however experienced frame-rate drops when playing certain online multiplayer games like Diablo 3, Hereos of the Storm, and Dirty Bomb (F2P via steam). Heroes in particular was at 1080P, 60fps when in the loading screen. It drops to 10 to 15 when in gameplay!
We tried to remedy this by changing graphics and network settings but nothing seemed to work. It was a little bit of a bummer.
|3D Mark test|
Pros - Desktop Class Processor, 16 GB RAM, 4.2 Surround sound Speakers and Sub-woofer, Bright and vibrant, High refresh rate monitor
Cons - NVIDIA 980M is a great GPU but the competition was able to squeeze the full NVIDIA 980 in a laptop, Some games experience unknown framerate drops, IT'S BIG and can be very heavy
For a first try Acer did it right! If the Size of the machine and the GPU doesn't turn you off, then this is the machine for you! We love it and we hope we can afford to buy.
GIZ Rating: 4.5/5 Stars