Acer goes from beauty to the beast at CES 2019


Acer has shown four new laptop products at CES 2019 – a massive 17” Predator 900 notebook (for want of another word), 15” Predator 500, the 14″ Swift 7 uber-light and a Chromebook 315 for everyone.


To call the Predator Triton 900 a notebook, may be a misnomer.

A CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge flips, extends, or reclines the 17-inch display. Users can switch between four usage modes: Display, Ezel, notebook, and stand mode. The Triton series 900’s trackpad is placed beside the keyboard to give users natural hand placement for gaming using both the keyboard and trackpad. Thin – it’s 23.75mm thick.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU
  • 4K IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to 32GB DDR4 memory
  • Xbox wireless receiver – play PC games on Windows 10 with an Xbox controller
  • Audio by Waves Maxx with Waves Nx head tracking for a hyper-realistic 3D audio experience.

Predator 500

A 15.6-inch FHD gaming notebook slimmed down to 17.9mm and weighing 2.1 kg.

  • A durable, all-metal chassis
  • Narrow bezels measuring just 6.3mm for an 81% S-T-B-R
  • 15.6” FHD, 300 nits, IPS display – 144Hz/3ms, NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • up to 8-hours of battery life
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs with Max-Q design – overclockable and VR-Ready
  • up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors
  • up to 32GB DDR4 memory

PredatorSense mobile app gives control of the Predator from a smartphone. The app can control settings for overclocking, fan speeds, lighting, and audio modes.  Users can show active lighting profiles preset on the PC, or switch lighting profiles remotely. Additionally, users can view and set customised macro key sets for physical hotkeys.

The Triton 900 also comes with support for Predator RGB Assault, an app for League of Legends gamers, which shows pre-defined keyboard lighting effects while champions cast their abilities. Users can customise lighting effects for each of the abilities of their champion.

Swift 7 (2019)

Extraordinary ultra-thin, ultra-light, ultra-compact 14” FHD touchscreen laptop. At less than 1kg, only 9.95mm thick and with its almost borderless 92% S-T-B-R display – perfect for travellers. When you think about it the magnesium-lithium chassis – it is not much thicker than a smartphone!

It will have 8th generation Core i78500Y fanless CPU, 8/256GB, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi and LTE option, and will start around $2,500. We are looking forward to getting our hands on this!

Chromebook 315

AMD A4-9120C APU, 15” screen and 10-hour battery life is the ideal replacement for a desktop as it offers superior speed for web browsing, office applications and web gaming.

Chromebook uses Google’s Chrome OS. It is gaining popularity in education by Google say its really for everyone!


GadgetGuy’s take: Acer goes from grunt to uber-light

Acer (Australian web site here) seems to have gained a second wind and is really ramping up its consumer, business and gaming ranges.

GadgetGuy wrote about Acer’s longevity and renewed vigour saying, “ We will be paying a little more attention to Acer this year – our last reviews were in 2016! It is good, honest, well-priced gear with a lot more skin in the game – it assembles (finishes) locally.”